Spotlight: Cisco Jabber struts its stuff on Jimmy Kimmel Live

If you caught the debut of the "Wall of America" on Jimmy Kimmel Live, then you spotted Cisco's latest high-profile project.

Puppet goes native on Arista switches

Arista is adding native Puppet Labs agents to its switches in a move that extends the company's SDN capabilities.

IBM, Juniper bringing embedded analytics to switches

IBM and Juniper Networks are working together to build networking infrastructure with built-in analytics that take advantage of big data to boost performance of applications.

Lack of consistency pervades SD-WAN vendor community

Software-defined WAN announcements and products are turning up a little more frequently as the software-defined networking trend continues to grow. Even so, if SDN is still in its infancy, it may be fair to say that SD-WAN is still in the womb.

Next-gen UC to showcase asynchronous messaging

Although the death of unified communications is greatly exaggerated, as we wrote about a few weeks ago, there's the belief that unified communications is about to hit an evolutionary stage where it will become a little more unified and a little less integrated.

Avaya SDN play with Open SDN Fx likely to target UC customers

Every vendor and their mother wants to claim dominance in the fledgling software-defined networking market. Avaya is the latest to make the claim with the launch of its new Open SDN Fx architecture, which is tied into the OpenDaylight, OpenStack and OpenFlow open source projects.

Open sourcing of network software was long overdue

As you can see from our headlines over the last week, as well as in today's issue of FierceEnterpriseCommunications, open source in the networking world is currently top-of-mind. Not only has HP thrown down the gauntlet by getting behind the open networking trend, but Facebook also rounded out its Open Compute Project line of switches.

New Plantronics UC devices target noisy environments, mobile, hearing- and vision-challenged users

Plantronics has released new devices for unified communications environments that aim to improve productivity for mobile workers, those stuck in noisy environments and users who are challenged by...

Brocade plans for more acquisitions in 2015

Cisco isn't the only company looking to build out its portfolio through acquisitions. Brocade is beefing up its product suite with acquisition, most recently with the announcement of its intent to acquire Riverbed's SteelApp line of business, and the company's CEO hinted at more purchases throughout 2015.

Networking moving to the cloud

Network functions virtualization, software-defined networking's cousin, is still mostly in use only at the telco level, but it's starting to find its uses in the enterprise. One of those few enterprise use cases is in cloud networking services from a handful of vendors and service providers aiming to supply a cloud-based alternative to enterprise WANs.

Cisco targets software companies for acquisition

Cisco may be looking ahead to stern competition from rivals embracing open source, but as software becomes a more integral part of every networking product, the networking vendor has plans. And those plans involve acquisitions.

Open source switches gain more vendor traction

The open source movement is making waves in the networking space as more vendors are opting to build open switches and routers in favor of proprietary technology. HP is the latest vendor to join the open source networking movement, and some are speculating that open networking could give Cisco a run for its money.

Spotlight: Google cloud outage caused by networking glitch

Whoops! A global two-hour outage of the Google Compute Engine public cloud infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) offering last week looks like it happened because of a glitch in the company's network. 

What really happened with Juniper's last CEO?

The sudden departure of Juniper Networks' last CEO Shaygan Kheradpir last year may have been a surprise, but now the mystery of his resignation might be solved.

How to ensure successful SIP implementation

Session initiation protocol (SIP) protocol is coming up on its twentieth birthday, so you'd think by now it would be a cinch to deploy a VoIP solution using SIP within an enterprise network. Apparently not.

Facebook looks to disrupt Cisco-led networking industry

Update your status. Check your friends' photos. Watch videos of cats and dogs. Oh, and buy data center networking switches. That's the Facebook of tomorrow.

Networking at light speed (almost)

Don't start planning your network upgrade quite yet, but a future wave of Wi-Fi could offer data transmission rates of 100 Gbps. New networking technology out of the University of Oxford is said to provide such data transfer rates using light.

ExtraHop boosts wire data analytics to 40 Gbps

ExtraHop appears to be setting a new record for wire data analytics. Today, the vendor launched the EH9100 appliance, which was designed to do real-time wire data analysis at a sustained 40 Gbps.

Enterprises turn to software for videoconferencing, leave hardware market flat

Remember several years ago when telepresence rooms were all the rage? Looks like the good days for companies like Cisco, Polycom and Avaya are long over.

Spotlight: New collaboration certifications from Cisco

Cisco is beefing up its training and certification portfolio again--this time around collaboration.