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Juniper furthers data center networking education with new online learning center

Juniper Networks is hoping to make it easier for network administrators and engineers to learn about advances in data center networking with the launch of the Juniper Networks Design and Architecture Center.

Routers are weak link in home network security technology

Smarter people than I have said that in the cybersecurity war, we've already lost; but it doesn't help that some of the technology that should be helping to keep networks secure simply aren't designed for security.

ConnectSolutions simplifies Skype visibility, management

ConnectSolutions launched a new managed service for Skype for Business. The intention is to provide enterprise customers with a higher quality of unified communications service.

Fiber Mountain says it improves network latency by up to 100x

There are a lot of promises emerging from software-defined networking vendors, and the latest big claim comes from Fiber Mountain, which stated its Optical Path Exchange – or OPX –  has dropped data center network latency down to five nanoseconds.

Security top-of-mind for Cisco's Robbins as he hosts Q4 earnings call

New Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins hosted the company's fourth quarter and end-of-year earnings call, closing out the last quarter in which former CEO John Chambers led the networking vendor. And for the new CEO, he's stepping into is a company that's on solid financial ground.

Fortinet introduces new cloud-managed WLAN access points

Fortinet launched a new series of wireless LAN access points that are managed by its FortiCloud management system. The new FortiAP-S series of APs are being touted as secure Wi-Fi APs with Fortinet's cybersecurity technology running right on them.

UCC training is trickier than it sounds

Adding unified communications and collaboration products to an enterprise environment is going to create changes, not just in how end users work, but in the culture itself. So wrote Blair Pleasant,...

Skype for Business heading to mobile devices

There are so many promises of features for Skype for Business that some enterprises must be chomping at the bit. So much potential ... sometime in the future. And now there's even more news of features, but they won't be generally available until later this year. Basically, Microsoft has put the Android and iOS versions of Skype for Business into preview mode.

CounterPath updates desktop, mobile UC apps

A unified communications deployment that doesn't take mobile into account isn't all that useful in the era of the always-on road warrior. With that in mind, CounterPath is rolling out a new version of both its desktop and mobile unified communications messaging application.

ScienceLogic offers greater visibility into Cisco ACI

If Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure is a little tricky to monitor, then ScienceLogic may have the solution for you. The company introduced a monitoring, dependency mapping and visualization tool that aims to provide network administrators with greater visibility into Cisco's software-defined networking product.

Cisco will wrap up Chambers' last quarter as CEO in earnings call

Based on the number of emails in my inbox about upcoming (or just past) networking vendor earnings calls, it's that time again when investors, the media and other interested parties take a hard look at how the biggest publicly traded networking companies are faring.

TRENDnet adds lifetime warranty to metal-housed switches

For American and Canadian customers, TRENDnet is offering a lifetime warranty on its metal-enclosed switches sold after January 1, 2015. It's a good idea, especially since switches get replaced...

Cisco earnings preview: Chambers' last quarter as CEO

The CEO switch at Cisco officially happened a couple of weeks ago, but Wednesday's quarterly and fiscal year-end earnings call will truly mark the end of the John Chambers era.

4 SDN myths, misconceptions debunked

Software-defined networking represents what is probably the biggest change in networking in the last 25 years. It's still early in its lifecycle, though, and most organizations have yet to roll out a production-ready SDN system. According to Gary Denman, a senior director with Brocade, there are still several myths and misconceptions about SDN.

Baltimore Ravens' stadium gets high density Wi-Fi

The Baltimore Ravens' M&T Bank Stadium is the latest large sporting venue to get the high density Wi-Fi treatment. Working with Extreme Networks and systems integrator PCM, the stadium's tech team outfitted the venue with what they're calling an end-to-end wireless solution.

Arista accuses Cisco of patent trolling

The legal battle between Cisco Systems and Arista Networks continues and even seeped into Arista's earnings call late last week. CEO Jayshree Ullal spoke about Cisco's two patent lawsuits against Arista, and general counsel Marc Taxay accused the larger networking vendor of acting like a patent troll.

Vendor lock-in is dead, but beware of operational lock-in

Although open source proponents continue to warn enterprises of vendor lock-in, it's not so much the vendor that enterprises have to worry about anymore. It's operational lock-in.

Robbins era of Cisco leading to more focused operations

Chuck Robbins is only into his second week as new CEO of Cisco Systems, but ever since his appointment (and John Chambers' retirement) was announced in May, Cisco has been shedding superfluous businesses and streamlining its operations at the top.

IIX aims to solve interconnection issues with Console

There's still plenty of secrecy around it, but Console (a new IIX company) promises to change enterprise interconnections. IIX announced the launch of Console, a Software-as-a-Service company,...

HP offers threat intelligence insight with new TippingPoint security product

With the growing threat of cyberattacks, most of the major networking vendors are looking for ways to help enterprises protect their networks and their assets. The latest announcement on that front comes from HP, which released the TippingPoint Threat Protection System.