Cisco's switches likely to be the highlight of Q2 financial report

Cisco will release the financial report for its fiscal second quarter today after the markets have closed, and there's a good chance it will show similar trends to those in its first fiscal quarter of the year. That means a decline in routing revenue even as switches and appliances grow.

Cisco beefs up Catalyst, ASR and Aironet lines to increase app performance, reliability

Three Cisco product lines received an infusion of new products. Cisco's Catalyst, ASR and Aironet lines were beefed up this week as part of the company's ongoing digital transformation initiatives. The updates aim to solve a problem network professionals are having with performance and reliability.

Spotlight: Spiceworks Network Monitor update now includes IoT

Spiceworks added the ability to monitor and manage Internet of Things devices to its Spiceworks Network Monitor. 

ThinkingPhones is now Fuze and has scored another $112M in funding

At the same time the company announced it had secured an additional $112 million in a financing round led by Summit Partners, ThinkingPhones also unveiled a name and branding change. The company is now known as Fuze, taking the name of another business it acquired in November 2015.

Zentera offers CoIP on CenturyLink Cloud Marketplace

Zentera has expanded its Cloud over IP product to the CenturyLink Cloud Marketplace, enabling organizations to get its session network product on CenturyLink Cloud. CoIP was designed to provide enterprise-grade security across cloud data center administration and uses without changing the underlying network infrastructure.

Vidyo aims to dive deeper into enterprise with updates to video collaboration service

Vidyo has updated its VidyoWorks service to provide customers with greater performance and security. VidyoWorks, which provides infrastructure and software for video routing, management tools, interoperability, security compliance and both recording and webcasting, received a significant boost in performance. According to the vendor, VidyoPortal and VidyoGateway now require up to 50 percent less in machine CPU requirements to get the same performance.

Cato takes security first approach to mid-market and small enterprise WAN

WAN vendor Cato Networks has already made headlines, but up until this week, the company was officially operating in stealth mode – but this is no longer true. Cato, which has promised to fix the middle mile problem of Internet-based WANs, has emerged from stealth with the launch of its first product, Cato Cloud.

BroadSoft scoops up Transera for cloud contact center capabilities

BroadSoft is adding cloud-based contact center features to its unified communications as a service portfolio. The company has acquired Transera, a provider of cloud contact center software to small- to medium-sized businesses and enterprises.

Cisco recalls ruggedized switches that threaten to burn up data centers

A wiring issue that has been recognized as a potential fire hazard has resulted in a recall of Cisco IE 5000 industrial Ethernet switches.

Spotlight: ONUG takes steps to improve interoperability between public, private clouds

The Open Networking User Group launched a working group last week that aims to work with cloud service providers to improve interoperability between public and private cloud infrastructure.

Avaya targets mid-market with new hybrid cloud UC offerings

Avaya has taken to the cloud with its latest mid-market unified communications offerings. Powered by Avaya IP Office and OnAvaya - Google Cloud Platform aim won't be sold directly to businesses, but instead will be sold through partners worldwide.

The future of the network is open source and programmability, says industry expert

Network technology has changed considerably in the last 20 years, but most of the changes have been incremental – particularly as they relate the roles and responsibilities of network engineers and administrators.

Logitech Group videoconferencing system aims to bring high-end audio and video to enterprises

Logitech is hoping to make videoconferencing simpler with the upcoming launch of Logitech Group, a high-definition videoconferencing endpoint designed to work with a variety of conferencing services and applications.

AWS Workspaces finally gets VoIP integration

The signs that unified communications is moving to the cloud continue to come. Now, it's Amazon Web Services that's getting in on the game – not so much as a provider, but rather integrating its existing virtual desktop infrastructure offering, Workspaces, to more easily integrate with VoIP and UC.

ITC judge finds Arista in violation of 3 Cisco patents

The International Trade Commission has finally made the first of its rulings in the patent dispute between Cisco Systems and Arista Networks. And things don't look good for Arista, which was found to be in violation of three of Cisco's patents.

Dell disaggregates OS from switch with launch of OS10

One by one, networking vendors are disaggregating their operating system software from their switching and routing hardware. Dell joined the disaggregation trend a couple of weeks ago, and according to a TechRepublic article, the reason really comes down to being competitive and providing enterprise customers with future software-defined use cases.

Savvius OmniPeek 9.1 aims to accelerate time to resolution for network problems

The latest version of Savvius' OmniPeek was designed to make it easier for network administrators and engineers to get more intuitive data visualizations and work toward a faster time to resolution for network issues.

Midokura adds NFV support and boosts visibility into OpenStack IaaS with MEM 5.0

The latest release of Midokura's cloud-based network virtualization software adds support for network functions virtualization, as well as additional operational insight and increased application availability features.

RingCentral goes global with latest UCaaS offering

RingCentral is upping the ante with its unified communications services. The company launched a new unified communications as a service offering designed to replace enterprise PBX systems.

Spotlight: Strapped data centers force merging of networks

As the number of mobile and Internet of Things devices connecting to individual networks and across the Internet continues to grow at an accelerated pace, there's another trend happening within the overall networking services industry.