Spotlight: The era of the Cisco spin-in may be over

For years, Cisco has funded start-ups formed by employees and then later acquired them.

Brocade enables 100 Gbps trans-Pacific research and education network

Data bandwidth and transportation requirements are increasing at a rapid rate, and 100 Gbps networks are starting to appear. One such network is a trans-Pacific network based on Brocade networking technology that creates a link between educational institutions in the United States and Asia.

ThinkingPhones boosts cloud videoconferencing through Fuze acquisition

Unified communications as a service provider ThinkingPhones is beefing up its video communications capabilities. The company has acquired Fuze, a vendor focused on cloud-based videoconferencing.

Former Cisco President Gary Moore turns up at vArmour

Another former Cisco executive has turned up in a new role months after the changing of the guard pushed many of them out. Gary Moore, the former president and COO of Cisco who left the company in July, has been appointed to the vArmour board of directors.

Cisco Q1 results show routers decline as switches grow slightly

Cisco's first quarter for fiscal year 2016 was a mixed bag of rising and falling sales, but it appears things are going to get worse for the second quarter, with the saving grace falling in the vendor's switching business.

UberConference adds support for HipChat and Slack

Switch Communications is adding more collaboration and chat capabilities to its UberConference service with integrations with both HipChat and Slack.

Versa wants to completely rearchitect the WAN

It seems like just about everyone is talking about how the WAN is changing. Most of those discussions are about software-defined WAN, but network functions virtualization is also playing a role in the complete rearchitecting of the WAN.

SIP trunking can be deployed successfully, but don't be the company that rushes the job

SIP trunking is being deployed more frequently, but some of the same issues exist. According to The SIP School's annual "The SIP Survey 2015," deploying SIP trunking works just fine when there's competency and care, but the worst examples of poor SIP trunking stem from quick installations that don't take into account quality of service and ongoing service management.

A10 Networks brings the Thunder with converged firewall product

A10 Networks launched a new converged firewall that uses the ACOS Harmony platform as its foundation. The new A10 Thunder Convergent Firewall was designed as a standalone security product that brings together several converged security products and offers it to enterprises in a single product.

Akamai Cloud Networking goes live

Akamai is the latest vendor to launch a cloud networking service. Dubbed Akamai Cloud Networking, the new offering was designed to boost end-to-end reliability and performance for IP-VPNs and software as a service applications.

Spotlight: Arista on a losing streak in Cisco patent battle

Things aren't looking good for Arista Networks after U.S. International Trade Commission lawyers recommended that the company be found to have infringed on two patents belonging to rival Cisco Systems.

Blue Jeans makes video collaboration easier with 3.0 update

Blue Jeans Network updated both desktop and mobile features in the latest version of its cloud-based enterprise video collaboration service. For Blue Jeans 3.0, the vendor took customer feedback and improved the product for both desktop and mobile users.

Lest we forget

On this day, I try my best to think of networks past while I also pay my silent respects to the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice. They were the telecommunications systems that aimed to keep Allied soldiers in touch with one another so they had the best shot of not only survival, but victory.

Ericsson dives deeper into enterprise with Cisco partnership

It appears that telecommunications vendor Ericsson wants a bigger piece of the enterprise pie. The Swedish vendor is partnering with Cisco Systems to design next-generation networks.

Riverbed's SteelFusion now supports VMware vSphere 6

Riverbed Technology is about to roll out an incremental release of SteelFusion. Version 4.2 of the hyper-converged infrastructure product includes support for VMware vSphere 6.

Spotlight: Zultys adds Salesforce OpenCTI support to UC software

The latest version of Zultys' MX unified communications software has been outfitted with support for Salesforce OpenCTI.

Broadcom provides greater visibility into switch performance

Broadcom wants to help enterprises monitor the performance of their switches. The networking vendor has released BroadView, software designed to monitor switch performance.

Nuage deploys NFV-based service chaining for Telefonica

Alcatel-Lucent's software-defined networking project, Nuage Networks, has completed a network functions virtualization project with Telefonica Business Solutions.

NOC and SOC need to work together for stronger network security

The days of siloed network operations centers and security operations centers are coming to an end, according to Tom Kelly, CEO of AccelOps.

SD-WAN takes center stage at ONUG Fall 2015 event

A couple of years ago, I don't think I'd ever heard the phrase "software-defined WAN." Today, barely a day goes by in which a press release or trend pitch related to SD-WAN doesn't land in my inbox.