Twilio releases API to unify messaging services

Twilio is releasing out a new API designed to orchestrate notifications across SMS, push notifications and messaging applications.

Brocade applies DevOps automation capabilities to the network with Workflow Composer

Brocade is looking to bring DevOps-style methodologies and automation to the network with the forthcoming launch of Brocade Workflow Composer.

ThousandEyes aims to provide more granular visibility into all network traffic

ThousandEyes wants to provide enterprises with greater insight into network visibility, including visibility into the Internet. The vendor unveiled new functionality in its monitoring product that provides network administrators with greater visibility into what's causing network issues, no matter whether it's within the four walls of the enterprise or somewhere outside of their control.

Zebra unveils cloud-managed WLAN offering

Zebra Technologies is enabling its enterprise customers to manage Wi-Fi access points from the cloud. The company introduced its Azara cloud-managed WLAN offering, which enables the management of Zebra access points from the cloud.

Lifesize aims to make video mission-critical with new videoconferencing service SLA

It's probably safe to say videoconferencing is not mission-critical to most enterprises, but next-generation videoconferencing vendors are hoping to make video as important as the phone. In the hopes of pushing video further into the enterprise, cloud-based video communications and collaboration services provider Lifesize is putting its money where its mouth is (well, somewhat).

Spotlight: Lenovo and Nutanix target SMBs with latest hyperconvergence appliance

Hyperconvergence still has a long way to go to become a mainstream product in the enterprise, but it's already moving downstream into the small- to medium-sized business market.

Avaya may be looking to sell off some of its product assets

Avaya still has positive cash flow, but the company's second quarter showed a continuing decline in revenue. Additionally, the company hinted that it may be getting ready to shed some of its assets.

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.

Spotlight: DriveScale aims to turn standard rack servers into composable infrastructure

Scale-out computing vendor DriveScale launched a new offering designed to help enterprises turn standard rack servers into composable infrastructure to gain the flexibility benefits of converged infrastructure.

Brocade sees revenue decline in most categories in Q2, but planned Ruckus acquisition hints at greater things to come

Brocade experienced revenue decline almost across the board during the second quarter of its fiscal 2016 year. The planned acquisition of Ruckus Wireless, which was announced in early April, might be the catalyst for change at the networking vendor, though.

Netronome boosts programmability of SDN environments with IDE supporting P4 and C

Netronome is branching out to include P4 and C programming capabilities on its software-defined networking infrastructure.

Mitel gets FTC regulatory approval to complete Polycom purchase

Mitel has overcome one major hurdle holding back the completion of its planned acquisition of Polycom: The company received the official okay from the Federal Trade Commission late last week.

New SDK brings Skype for Business to Android and iOS

Microsoft is enabling enterprise software developers to integrate Skype for Business into their customized mobile applications on Android and iOS mobile devices.

Soha: Third-party access causes security headaches for IT pros, but it's still not a priority

Enabling third-party access to network and application infrastructure and software isn't a priority for IT professionals even though it's a major source of enterprise data breaches, according to a new report from Soha Systems' new Soha Third-Party Advisory Group.

Updated Cisco CCNA certification stresses SDN skills

Cisco has updated its CCNA Routing and Switching certification to address the changing network, particularly the growing software-defined networking trend.

HDS beefs up converged infrastructure product lines for SAP HANA

At SAP Sapphire in Orlando this week, Hitachi Data Systems new converged infrastructure products designed for SAP HANA environments.

Riverbed expands SteelCentral UC performance monitoring to Skype for Business

A Riverbed SteelCentral expands the application monitoring tool's capabilities to Skype for Business, providing users with greater visibility into their Microsoft-based unified communications systems.

NetScout updates AirCheck Wi-Fi tester to include 802.11ac standard

NetScout Systems updated its AirCheck wireless signal tester product line to include the 802.11ac standard.

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.

Spotlight: Two-thirds of enterprises have deployed SDN, says Viavi study

A survey conducted by Viavi Solutions indicated that two-thirds of enterprises have already deployed SDN technologies in one fashion or another.