Discipline is key to efficient network management, says SolarWinds head geek

With so many things going on and many frequent fires to put out to keep the lights on and the network operational, it can be a struggle to maintain some semblance of discipline in the job of a network engineer or administrator. Adato said it's vital to keep the network (and networking department) operating successfully though.

XO integrates Hosted PBX with Skype and CRM offerings

XO Communications is expanding the capabilities of its Hosted PBX offering through integrations with Skype for Business and several CRM tools, including Salesforce.

Spotlight: No new backdoors found as Juniper continues code review

Since discovering unauthorized code in its networking equipment last year, Juniper Networks has been on the hunt for any other coding issues to ensure security of its gear. 

Fonality sets stage to expand UC definition to collaborative workspaces

Fonality has integrated its unified communications offering with Intellinote, extending its capabilities to the collaborative workspace environment. The vendor is touting this as the next big step in unifying communications technologies.

Skype calling comes to Edge without the need for a plugin

The addition of Skype plugin-free calling to Edge expands the capabilities of Skype for Web, the browser-based Skype feature Microsoft is still ramping up. The Edge capabilities are now in preview and support both voice and video calls.

Mitel's acquisition of Polycom will create UC giant

Unified communications vendor Mitel signed a definitive agreement on Friday to acquire communications and collaboration hardware and services provider Polycom. The $1.96 billion deal will result in the creation of an enterprise-focused unified communications powerhouse.

Sonus brings security to Skype for Business via Cloud Connector integration

Sonus Networks is the latest vendor to connect its own offerings with Skype for Business Cloud Connector Edition. With Sonus Cloud Link, the vendor is offering enterprises security over its Skype for Business communications through a single appliance.

BlueJeans sets sights on enterprise video communication with Enterprise Video Cloud

BlueJeans Network is targeting enterprises with its launch cloud-based video communications and collaboration offering. The BlueJeans Enterprise Video Cloud was designed for large-scale enterprises with a distributed workforce.

Hyperconvergence market expected to grow 50% annually through to 2020

Hyperconvergence accounts for only seven percent of the converged infrastructure space right now, but research firm Technology Business Research expects it to grow to 32 percent by 2020.

Spotlight: Cisco invested in SpringPath prior to partnership announcement

A Cisco vice president confirmed at a partner meeting in Rome that the networking giant did indeed invest in hyperconvergence vendor SpringPath prior to the announcement of their partnership in January.

HPE and NEC expand partnership to mobile-first networking initiatives

HPE and NEC are expanding on an existing multi-year partnership to pair HPE's wired and wireless networking portfolio with NEC's SDN products in an effort to capitalize on mobile-first...

ITC to review patent infringement ruling in Cisco/Arista case

Cisco's recent wins with the International Trade Commission in its ongoing battle against Arista Networks over patent infringement may not be slam dunk the larger company was hoping for.

Jive expands video calling and business texting to mobile app

Jive Communications completed the addition of video calling, business texting and location-based rules features to its iOS and Android application.

Vulnerability in residential modems could cut remote workers off from the internet

A vulnerability discovered in a particular residential modem could enable an attacker to disconnect a home from the internet until the user can contact their service provider and get a reset.

Vonage adds gUnify to Oracle Cloud for integration between voice and mission-critical apps

Enterprises using the Oracle Cloud have a new option for integrating elements of their voice and mission-critical applications. This morning, Vonage added its gUnify Connector to the Oracle Cloud Marketplace.

AudioCodes now supports Skype for Business Cloud Connector

AudioCodes has added support for the Skype for Business Cloud Connector Edition to its line of gateways and session border controllers, providing enterprises with another tool to help in their migration to the Microsoft unified communications service.

SimpliVity CEO not worried as Cisco competes in hyperconvergence with HyperFlex

The match between hyperconvergence player SimpliVity and networking giant Cisco may not have been made in heaven, but it did open the doors to a lot of customers.

Treat end users as colleagues, not customers, says SolarWinds head geek

It's common to hear that IT departments in general should treat end users within the business as customers, but according to Leon Adato, network management head geek at SolarWinds, there's a fundamental flaw to that way of thinking. Instead, Adato recommends treating end users as colleagues for a healthier relationship between business users and the techs.

Spotlight: Hyperconvergence isn't right for organizations with 'unusual workloads'

Hyperconvergence promises faster and cheaper data center networking, computing, storage and virtualization, and there has definitely been a lot of hype around the concept lately.

Revolv shows the risks of IoT services

As enterprises consider how to make use of the Internet of Things and decide which IoT-enabled devices they want to add to their networks, it's also important to consider what happens should the service behind those devices suddenly stop. It's a similar problem to subscribing to cloud services.