Cisco holds broadest network security patent portfolio, but loses in quality

When it comes to the number of patents in its security portfolio, Cisco Systems has the biggest and broadest, but smaller, more security-focused vendors are winning in terms of quality, according to a new report and infographic from consulting firm LexInnova. simplifies networking for Linux containers unveiled a new element of the networking and storage products it's developing for Linux-based containers. Project 6 is software that enables deploying and managing Docker containers across a cluster of hosts; and part of its feature set is a simplified networking system.

Pica8 fires back at Cisco, calls ACI security 'primitive'

The battle between open source and proprietary software-defined networking continues; and of course, Cisco is once again at the heart of the disagreement between the two sides. But this time, instead of Cisco executives taking shots at whitebox solutions, it's an open source proponent saying Cisco is behind the times.

Spotlight: IBM i2 COPLINK takes to the cloud

A vertical networking data sharing and analysis application, IBM i2 COPLINK has been there for the law enforcement sector for nearly two decades. IBM has updated the vast network that connects more...

RingCentral adds messaging, collaboration through Glip acquisition

RingCentral is adding something new to its book of communications tricks. Through the acquisition of Glip, the cloud-based unified communications company is adding team messaging and collaboration features to its service.

Polycom extends RealPresence capabilities in cloud, on browsers

Polycom unveiled additions to its RealPresence product portfolio at Infocomm 2015 that expand its videoconferencing and collaboration capabilities in the cloud while also connecting users on browsers.

HP exec responsible for Aruba acquisition leaves for Dell

In the months leading up to its split into two distinct companies, HP has lost the executive who may have brought them its most important networking acquisition in years.

CloudRouter Project to get some help from Down Under

The CloudRouter Project, which aims to create Linux-based open source router and software-defined networking technologies, should soon be getting Layer 3 automated router configuration capabilities thanks to a new partnership with The Australian National University TechLauncher program.

Spotlight: Sierra introduces open hardware reference for IoT interoperability

Sierra Wireless is hoping to make the Internet of Things more accessible to speed up acceleration by releasing an open hardware reference design with an open interface standard to make technologies...

Avaya expands Collaboration Pods to mid-size enterprise

Avaya is taking aim at mid-size enterprises with the release of what it's calling the Collaboration Pod 2400 series. The new all-in-one unified communications and contact center product includes pre-integrated networking, compute and storage. So basically, it's an all-in-one box for UC and collaboration.

Skype for Web finally launches – and it's on ChromeOS, too

Microsoft is finally making Skype available on Chromebook and Linux, as well as on browsers everywhere. The long-anticipated Skype for Web is finally available in beta, even though many of the features are not yet live. For Chromebook and Linux users, for now, all Skype for Web offers are instant messaging features. But at least it's a start.

In WAN, expect hybrid approach to become more popular

I recently spoke with David Hughes, CEO of software-defined wide area networking vendor Silver Peak, about the company's strategy around its Unity product lines. It's the second time in the last few months I've spoken with Hughes, and each time, the conversation has been centered around the how SD-WAN technologies will slowly replace the long-standing multi-protocol label switching technology used to power today's WANs.

Spotlight: As Cisco ACE support ends, KEMP provides migration tool

KEMP Technologies is looking to gain a few Cisco customers as Cisco ACE customers face the elimination of support for the outdated technology.

As convenient technologies proliferate, network challenges will increase

With the proliferation of mobile devices and the ongoing Internet of Things trend, there are more and more endpoints connecting to the network; and according to Chris Spain, vice president of product management for Cisco's enterprise networking group, even as these devices make our lives easier, they're also taxing the network.

Internet2 connects 5 universities with large-scale SDN ONOS rollout

Internet2 and the Open Network Operating System community have completed what Internet2 is calling the first large-scale deployment of ONOS through its NOC at Indiana University.

SDN abstraction, automation features could boost cloud app access

With cloud and virtualization becoming more pervasive within the enterprise, the one thing that's holding back the greatest benefits is the network itself, argued Brendan Ziolo, head of large enterprise strategy at Alcatel-Lucent, in a Network Computing column.

Silver Peak creates hybrid WAN with new Unity EdgeConnect appliance

Silver Peak introduced a new product within its software-defined wide area networking strategy, enabling a reduction of costs by supplementing or outright replacing multi-protocol label switching WAN connections with the public Internet.

Unified network access, software-defined data center key to future network, says HP

There are two key elements to the future of networking, according to Aruba Networks CTO Keerti Melkote and Dominic Wilde, vice president of global product line management of HP Networking. The two...

Cisco executives stress changing networks, 'security everywhere' at Live

Cisco pulled no punches this week at Cisco Live in San Diego when it came to chit-chat about its leadership team overhaul. A frank on-stage discussion between outgoing CEO John Chambers and his successor, Chuck Robbins, set the foundation for what Cisco is doing.

Spotlight: HP trails Cisco in cloud infrastructure space

When it comes to the infrastructure supporting clouds, Cisco is the leading vendor, at least in the public cloud space, according to a new report from Synergy Research Group.