Spotlight: Former Avaya exec gets snatched up by competitor Polycom

Enterprise collaboration company Polycom reportedly hired the former vice president of midmarket sales from competitor company Avaya. Chris M. Jones is now the president of Polycom Americas,...

CloudRouter Project releases 2.0 beta

Six months after the CloudRouter Project released the 1.0 beta version of its open-source router software, the organization has announced public availability of its 2.0 beta version. The new version adds considerable functionality, most notably the inclusion of a full version of OpenDaylight Lithium network control platform software. It does not, however, include technology resulting from a university partnership that CloudRouter announced recently.

Routers are Achilles' heel of most enterprises, says CloudGenix cloud architect

The culprit for the United Airlines severe network issues last week has been identified. And elementary, dear Watson, the blame has placed on a faulty router. And according to Hector Salas, principal solutions architect at CloudGenix, the ever-increasing complexity of routing processes are the Achilles' heel of most enterprises.

InfiniBand now backing more than half of high-performance computers

Although it's not for the average enterprise, InfiniBand is apparently catching on and gaining share in the high-performance computing space, according to Mellanox Technologies. The vendor indicated in a press release that Infiniband is now the network connectivity technology for 51.4 percent of supercomputers.

Less than half of enterprises have constant IDS/IPS monitoring

Intrusion detection and intrusion prevention systems – or IDS/IPS – have been around for a lot of years, but it appears a slim majority of enterprises don't have 24/7 monitoring in place for detecting and then blocking intrusions.

What you need to know about disaggregation, HP-style

With software-defined networking becoming an increasingly hot topic among the enterprise networking crowd, there may still be some confusion as to what it really is. Or, rather, what a disaggregated networking model entails.

OpenDaylight progress could be slowed by lack of vendor contributions

The OpenDaylight Project is an interesting one, but it may be going the way of Session Initiation Protocol in that it's an open software-defined networking offering but is then commercialized by turning it into proprietary technology.

Spotlight: NFV gets nod of approval from networking pioneer

Although networking legend Radia Perlman isn't a fan of many of the current buzzwords, including software-defined networking, she appears to be a fan of network functions virtualization.

Continuant adds network monitoring and reporting service for compliance

Hosted unified communications provider Continuant is looking to increase network monitoring of UC products and services, particularly for enterprises that must adhere to regulatory compliance regulations.

Lantronix enables simple wireless printing in the enterprise

Wireless-enabled printers are nothing new, but connections can (at times) be a little tricky – and there's little more frustrating than not being able to print when you're in a rush. Lantronix is hoping to make it simpler for enterprise end users to connect with xPrintServer Office, a device that connects directly to a router or switch.

Dell adds Microsoft and Cisco UC support to analytics product

Determining the best unified communications product to use can be a difficult decision, but Dell is hoping to make that decision a little easier – especially if you're weighing your options between Cisco and Microsoft.

TeleMate.Net aims to provide vendor-agnostic UC analytics tool

TeleMate.Net Software rolled out a unified communications analytics tool designed to sit across the entire UC stack. The company noted the new application provides customers with actionable data about the UC deployment.

Spotlight: Wi-Fi congestion is slowing home routers

If remote workers are having problems with Internet speeds, there's a chance the issue lies in the increasingly busy and congested Wi-Fi spectrum. In my case, slow Internet is because of a shoddy...

What's new in OpenDaylight's most recent Lithium release

As we noted last week, the third release of OpenDaylight, the open source software-defined networking (SDN) project, apparently came together in a methodical and drama-free approach – something not always typical of a fairly new open source project. Dubbed Lithium, the latest version of OpenDaylight (now available for download) is a significant update, providing several new and updated features.

4 challenges in migrating UC to the cloud

Cloud-based unified communications (UC) services may very well be the impetus enterprises need to finally adopt UC technologies, but migrating to the cloud creates another set of challenges. Mykola Konrad, vice president of cloud at Sonus Networks, said there are four major challenges enterprises need to consider and deal with when adopting cloud-based UC offerings.

The end (of IPv4 addresses) is nigh

The well for IPv4 addresses is just about dry. The American Registry for Internet Numbers reported last week that there are still a few IPv4 numbers available in smaller block sizes, but for all intents and purposes, that's it for public IPv4 addresses.

Avaya teams with Steel ORCA for SDDC offerings

Another piece has fallen into place in Avaya's software-defined networking and software-defined data center strategy. The company is beginning to collaborate with data center services provider Steel ORCA to build a SDDC offering based on Avaya Fabric Connect.

Windows 10 Wi-Fi feature raises security concerns

A feature that will be part of the soon-to-be-released Microsoft Windows 10 is sending up red flags among security professionals. The Wi-Fi Sense feature, which was designed to make it easier to connect to local wireless networks by sharing secure connections with friends, could make it easier for anyone to connect to home networks, whether the network owners want them to or not.

Cisco invests in 6WIND for high-performance networking

During a recent visit to France, Cisco CEO John Chambers committed to investing $100 million in the country's innovative technology businesses, and it looks like the networking vendor is already making good on that promise. The company is now investing in and working with 6WIND, a high-performance networking software business.

Spotlight: Sennheiser updates products for latest Jabber version

Sennheiser's headsets and speakerphones for unified communications deployments now support Jabber 11.0, the latest version of Cisco's UC and collaboration technology. There's no word on...