HP has been playing hard to take on competitors lately – Cisco is particularly in its cross hairs – and a recent blog post by Ahmad Zamer, HP Networking's senior global product marketing manager, shows that HP has at least managed to convince its customers of its message.
Although I don't remember the first time I heard the term "unified communications," I'm certain it was at least a decade ago. It followed the VoIP trend and was hinted by vendors as being the next big thing in enterprise communications.
I recently spoke with David Hughes, CEO of software-defined wide area networking vendor Silver Peak, about the company's strategy around its Unity product lines. It's the second time in the last few months I've spoken with Hughes, and each time, the conversation has been centered around the how SD-WAN technologies will slowly replace the long-standing multi-protocol label switching technology used to power today's WANs.
Incoming Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins jumped the gun by about a week in announcing his senior management and executive team. With the announcement also comes more sad news, as Cisco says "goodbye" to even more long-time executives.
It's a time of churn and changes at Cisco Systems. From the moment CEO John Chambers announced his impending retirement and that Chuck Robbins would be replacing him, there has been much speculation about what the Cisco of the future will look like and how the company will fare without Chambers leading.
According to data from Cisco, global Internet traffic will reach one zettabyte by 2016. Internet traffic has grown significantly, particularly in the last decade as video and other bandwidth-intensive applications have taken hold.
Whether it's just coincidence or has something to do with the changing of the guard at Cisco, the networking vendor is losing a long-serving senior manager. A Business Insider article speculated that as current CEO John Chambers steps down, other senior talent may look for opportunities outside of Cisco.
With changes in network design coming through the likes of software-defined networking and network functions virtualization solutions, the role of the network administrator is also changing. And so are the skills needed to stay on top of emerging technologies.
It's the end of an era at Cisco Systems. This morning, the company's board of directors announced that its long-serving chief executive will be stepping down on July 26.
As news emerges from the conference, we'll be sure to share it in the newsletter and on our website.