Spotlight: SDN brings benefits, but challenges remain

Software-defined networking may be on the path to becoming the standard way of designing a network, but there are many hurdles to cross ahead.

Midokura adds OpenStack, Docker support to network virtualization solution

At OpenStack Summit, Midokura unveiled an update to its network virtualization solution designed for infrastructure-as-a-service clouds. The update adds support for both OpenStack Kilo and container-based environments, including Docker.

Masergy WebRTC-enables UCaaS offering

Masergy's unified-communications-as-a-solution offering is now WebRTC-enabled. It's one of several companies that have recently adopted the open source standard for the enablement of real-time voice and video communications – a trend that long-time proponents of the protocol have long waited for.

Ruckus Wireless turns to enterprise with SmartZone software platform

Ruckus Wireless plays in both the service provider and enterprise space, but its SmartZone software platform has been a carrier software platform aimed at facilitating next-generation wireless. Until now, that is.

SDN, big data analytics may be perfect match

Software-defined networking and big data analytics may very well be a match made in heaven, according to Len Padilla, vice president of product strategy for NTT Europe.

Nutanix CEO denies his company is about to become part of Cisco

There's another rumor floating around about a possible Cisco acquisition. If true, then Cisco is on the verge of signing a deal to acquire hyperconvergence vendor Nutanix.

Cisco loses PR head as CEO change nears

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.

Spotlight: SD-WAN gets boost after trans-Pacific link trial

Another step has been taken toward improving software-defined wide area networking technology.

Nuage wants to drive SDN adoption with new overlay network visibility tool

A new open tool from Nuage provides deeper visibility into both virtual, software-defined networks and the physical hardware they run on. That includes the routers, switches and other networking equipment.

There's a patch for Cisco TelePresence vulnerabilities

Enterprises with Cisco TelePresence units deployed may want to grab the latest security patches. Cisco released several patches to address vulnerabilities in a few of its telepresence products.

Cisco is not acquiring FireEye, but there are other potential targets for acquisition

Recent rumors indicated Cisco was making a play to purchase network threat prevention vendor FireEye, but those rumors were quashed not only by Cisco, but also by FireEye. Sources at the FireEye told Re/Code the company wouldn't even be up for sale until revenue hit $1 billion.

It's time for enterprises to take UC ROI seriously

There are many reasons for adopting unified communications, including increased communication, collaboration and cost savings. Enterprises may see the potential benefits, but what many fail to do is measure the return on investment following the deployment of the UC solution.

Chambers: Ignore all that 'garbage' about white label networking hurting Cisco

Cisco's outgoing CEO John Chambers delivered his last quarterly financial results as the company's head executive, and Chambers took another shot at white label manufacturers hoping to dethrone the incumbent networking and systems vendor.

Spotlight: Big Switch SDN-based cloud fabric gets big update

Big Switch Networks updated both its SDN-based Big Cloud Fabric for physical and virtual workloads in data centers and its Big Tap monitoring fabric.

When using standard networking approaches with Docker, scalability is a problem

As Docker continues to build out its capabilities, it's beginning to solve the problem of network scalability, thanks to the acquisition earlier this year of SocketPlane. But third parties are still designing their own solutions. One of those is Midokura.

How Microsoft created confusion with Skype for Business

Let's set the record straight. Microsoft Skype for Business is not just a rebranding of Lync. Nor does it have exactly the same feature set as the consumer version of Skype, although many of the new features are buried beneath the UI.

IBM R&D unveils 100Gbps light networking chip, but don't expect to see it on the market soon

It looks like Big Blue wants to boost network speeds by using light. According to a CIO article, IBM developed a silicon photonics chip that tops 100Gbps at aggregate speeds. And because it's essentially a beam of light, the transfers could take place over distances of up to two kilometers.

Design your networking, security environments in the cloud

Ravello has launched new Smart Labs for IT professionals to design both networking and security environments in a fenced environment on Amazon Web Services and Google Compute Engine.

Polycom boosts huddle room video collaboration product portfolio

Polycom is expanding the RealPresence Group Series to include two new video collaboration products aimed at end users with small workspaces. The idea behind the new products is to turn those workspaces into collaboration hubs.

It's still networking, but be prepared to learn a lot more about software

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.