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Midokura deepens network virtualization tie-up with Fujitsu

Midokura, creator of the open source MidoNet network virtualization software, has expanded its OEM relationship with Japanese IT vendor Fujitsu Ltd. The broadened relationship will see Fujitsu deploying the enterprise version of MidoNet with its cloud products.

Broadcom comes out with new set of Ethernet controllers

Chipmaker Broadcom has introduced a new set of Ethernet controller products that support the emerging 25G/50G standard, and which it said can increase data center server performance by up to 50 percent.

SMB UC deployments low, but planned adoption is higher, research finds

Jon Arnold, Principal of J. Arnold & Associates, analysed some data provided by MetaSwitch Networks and found that while SMB UC adoption rates were quite low – 8 percent among small SMBs, and 22 percent in the mid-sized category – the intention to adopt was considerably higher. He discovered other interesting trends as well, including that many SMBs plan to use Skype for Business to augment their phone systems rather than replace them. 

Cisco makes 2 more top executive appointments

As Chuck Robbins takes over as CEO, Cisco continues to shuffle the chairs of its executive team. Zorawar Biri Singh is taking over as CTO, a role that was temporarily filled by Cisco's chief...

What Cisco's recent changes reveal – or don't reveal – about its new leader

Cisco's CEO transition from John Chambers to Chuck Robbins is bringing changes to several business units that Chambers acquired. There's plenty of room to speculate whether the changes are the result of the outgoing executive's cleaning up loose ends, or the incoming leader's determination to clear the decks in order to move forward. Most likely it's a combination of both.

Digium's new Switchvox Cloud UC service offers metered usage

Digium has introduced a new version of its cloud-based unified communications service that offers the option of metered use as an alternative to paying a flat rate per month. The option should be attractive to companies with seasonal or other calling variations.

Spotlight: Dell, NEC navigate tricky relationship as they aim for SDN market

NEC and Dell have been working to make some of their products interoperable in order to offer customers a more complete package of SDN products. The companies compete directly with some of their...

Skype spam problem drags on for weeks

Microsoft is having trouble shutting down a spam problem that has been impacting some Skype users for several weeks. The problem is impacting consumer users but businesses should take note since many workers use personal Skype accounts to conduct business. 

Cisco's rumored Ubiquisys layoffs reflect small-cell stagnation

Cisco is rumored to be laying off half the staff of Ubiquisys, a U.K.-based small-cell vendor it bought in 2013. If the rumors are true – and Cisco has not confirmed them – the big question from enterprises' point of view is whether the downsizing is more about Cisco or about small cells.

Chuck Robbins' top 3 challenges as new Cisco CEO

Incoming Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins is walking into a difficult position. Outgoing CEO John Chambers has long led the company through both good and bad (and there has been plenty of both), but there are some issues where Cisco has shown it has blinders on. We lay out three of Robbins' biggest challenges as he assumes the role of Cisco's head honcho. 

Lifesize adds video conference recording to its cloud service

Logitech's LifeSize division has added a personal video conference recording service to its cloud hosted video conferencing product. The new service, dubbed LifeSize Cloud Amplify, lets participants record, save and share video conferences without having to download and store them on their own equipment or systems.

RingCentral integrates with Microsoft Office 365

Cloud-based phone system provider RingCentral has integrated its flagship product with the Microsoft Office 365 suite of productivity apps, following a similar integration with Google for Work. 

Cisco's Sensity investment points to huge set of new nodes to manage

Cisco may soon be managing a new kind of network called light sensory networks. Its investment arm, Cisco Investments, has led a $36 million funding round for Sensity Systems Inc., a Sunnyvale, California-based startup that provides smart lighting and video fixtures, and related networking technologies. 

Cisco's new leadership's big challenge: SDN

One of the biggest questions Cisco customers will wonder about as a new CEO takes the helm in a week is how the vendor will manage the software defined networking trend. 

3 of Cisco's biggest errors

Cisco has dominated the networking market for decades. But let's face it; nobody's perfect. As we look ahead to a new era of the big networking vendor, let's reflect on some of the biggest, less-than-stellar moments of the company's history. 

Spotlight: Chinese university turns to Brocade in SDN effort

A Chinese university that encompasses five campuses selected Brocade to provide switching routers to handle the flow of information between network systems, according to a press release....

RiT aims for better visibility with CenterMind infrastructure management update

RiT Technologies, a company that offers infrastructure management products, has upgraded its CenterMind software that offers monitoring and alerting for data center infrastructure. With the new capabilities, RiT aims to give operators a view of the entire network infrastructure and also generate work orders for technicians. 

IDC survey names Cisco, Microsoft and Avaya global UC&C leaders

A new IDC report ranks Cisco, Microsoft and Avaya as global UC&C leaders in 2015.

Large companies choosing single-vendor UC&C, and fewer vendors

A recent report shows that large organizations are increasingly consolidating their unified communication and collaboration systems around single-vendor solutions. They're also putting their faith in a more concentrated group of vendors. 

New Plexxi switches have apps in mind

Plexxi, which makes SDN gear, has introduced a new line of data center switches that focuses on the needs of applications first.