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Cisco core networking products declining, but security, collaboration and service provider video are on the rise

Cisco's routing business continued its slow decline in the third quarter of the company's fiscal 2016, but several product categories experienced double-digit percentile growth.

How Facebook became my go-to communications tool

I've lost track of the number of various text-based chat apps that have been installed on my phones over the last several years. SMS messaging, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Google Hangouts, Skype – and I'm pretty sure there are many, many more.

New router wants to use spectrum once limited to weather systems

Worried about Wi-Fi congestion in the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands? Ignition Design Labs is hoping to alleviate some of congestion problems, at least in residential areas, with the introduction of Portal, a router that makes use of radio spectrums that were at one time reserved for weather radar systems.

Viptela eyes branch offices and remote sites with LTE-enabled SD-WAN device

Viptela is pairing enterprise interest in SD-WAN and LTE technology with the introduction of the vEdge-100. The small device natively supports a variety of transport methods, including 3G/4G/LTE.

Microsoft rolls out initial preview for Skype for Business Mac, but there's not much it can do yet

Microsoft continues to expand the capabilities of Skype for Business. It will soon be heading to Macs, as the vendor introduced the preview of the appropriately named Skype for Business Mac this week.

Voxox launches first product with new VoIP codec

Unified communications vendor Voxox is looking to put a unified communications system in your pocket. The company unveiled an Android and iOS mobile app for the Voxox Cloud Phone intended to be a complete business phone system for small businesses.

Sonus brings security to Skype for Business via Cloud Connector integration

Sonus Networks is the latest vendor to connect its own offerings with Skype for Business Cloud Connector Edition. With Sonus Cloud Link, the vendor is offering enterprises security over its Skype for Business communications through a single appliance.

Revolv shows the risks of IoT services

As enterprises consider how to make use of the Internet of Things and decide which IoT-enabled devices they want to add to their networks, it's also important to consider what happens should the service behind those devices suddenly stop. It's a similar problem to subscribing to cloud services.

Video still doesn't feel as natural as making a phone call

For whatever reason, I clearly remember the first time I made a voice call on my computer. It was clunky, not the easiest thing to use and the quality was poor. It was hard to imagine then that eventually VoIP would become one of my preferred communication platforms, but today, I make most of my business calls using Skype.

SDS is on the rise, but SDN is still early in the adoption cycle

Software-defined cloud NAS vendor SoftNAS is attributing 330 percent year-over-year revenue growth to an accelerated software-defined storage market. Although that's probably only part of the story, it does appear to be evidence of the growth of software-defined storage.