Spotlight: Cisco NetAcademy Day starts in Milan

With any luck, you're sipping espresso in Milan, Italy today with Cisco executives and partners, gearing up for Cisco Live!

Changes afoot

A welcome to our new editor and a heads up about a change to our publication schedule. 

Take your videoconferencing with you

Logitech's new video conferencing camera is designed to be portable and easy to use. 

Harden your network's security against these threats in 2015

The good news about network security is there are always new processes, products and updates to fight the constant battle against malicious nogoodniks. The bad news? Those malevolent rascals tend to always pull more aces out of their sleeves.

A10, Cisco partner for dynamic application networking services

A10's Thunder ADC has been fully integrated with Cisco ACI, offering enterprises a new option for automatic provisioning of application delivery and security services. A10 says it's a lower cost alternative to other ADC offerings.

Unified communications death predictions are exaggerated

Long live unified communications. Or not. No, really, some members of the technology industry are already predicting that unified communications is dying, if it's not already dead.

To cloud or not to cloud your UC

Running your unified communications system in the cloud is now an option but you should think hard about management, security and other issues to find out if it makes sense for your business. 

Brocade hopes to spur SDN market with free Vyatta controller offer

Brocade is now offering its Vyatta controller and will let you use it for free for a year so you can gain some experience with SDN. 

Polycom add-on tracks how long you stayed in a meeting

Polycom introduced a handful of new products, including one that tracks how many people were in a meeting and how long they stayed. 

Cisco to offer switches to support faster Wi-Fi without requiring new cabling

Cisco plans to roll out in the second quarter new LAN switches that will serve as a stopgap for businesses that want to roll out faster WLANs but don't want to update their cabling just yet.

New open source project to add virtual networking to Open vSwitch

Some of the developers of Open vSwitch are now working on a new project, called Open Virtual Network, to add virtual networking for OVS users.

Spotlight: Big funding for SDN startup

Pluribus, an SDN startup, just scored another $50 million in funding, this time from Temesak, an investment firm based in Singapore.

People, processes can make or break video conferencing success

An inspiring deployment in a New Jersey hospital connects domestic violence victims with judges. The example shows how people and processes can both help and hinder the value of a video conferencing setup.

Open Interconnect Consortium releases preview of IoT software

The Open Interconnect Consortium and the AllSeen Alliance are both generating traction in a quest to become the primary IoT standard. 

Why you should care about how NFL stadiums build their Wi-Fi networks

At last week's Seahawks game, Extreme Networks says its Wi-Fi network processed 2.7 terabytes of data and supported 1.4 Gbps at the peak. 



A tip for UC vendors: Practice what you preach

IT staff are increasingly making buying UC decisions and they want their vendors to be using the products they're trying to sell. 

Lifesize's new gear targets video conferencing for the rest of us

Responding to the growing demand for video conferencing, Lifesize is rolling out a few new products designed to make it easier and cheaper for businesses to do video conferencing--and not just in your biggest conference room that has the expensive video setup. 

Leonid buy to bring better management, admin tools to BroadSoft end users

BroadSoft this week announced that it acquired Leonid in a move that should give business users better management and administration tools.

Spotlight: The antithesis to the 'Shadow IT' argument

You may have read someplace that "shadow IT" is a significant threat to the enterprise--the notion that the latest wave of software presented as services is taking power away from on-premise IT departments.

Analysts: Global service provider capital investments are slowing down

The growth in revenue from enterprise communication services is not doing enough to offset the rapid decline in revenue from mobile voice services, says Infonetics Research.