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...

How Yamaha is moving everything to the cloud

As many companies are doing, Yamaha America is shifting its entire IT infrastructure to the cloud. Instead of leasing almost 200 servers, Yamaha has spent much of the last two years shifting to...

The cyberpunk future may very well be on its way

Reportedly, William Gibson, author of Neuromancer and sometimes credited as the creator of the cyberpunk science-fiction genre, wasn't a computer guy. Quite the opposite, in fact. He wrote the...

Spotlight: Hardware is still important in networking

With all the buzz around SDN, you'd be forgiven for thinking that hardware is no longer important. It's true that software is driving exciting improvements in networking. The future of...

Microsoft adds large meetings, direct connections to Skype for Business

Microsoft is adding a host of new features to Skype for Business, including the ability to broadcast meetings to as many as 10,000 people. Office 365 enterprise customers can register now to get a preview of the features.

Infoblox aims to make IPv6 migration simple

Not sure how much of a headache migrating from IPv4 to IPv6 is going to be? It looks to be an Extra Strength Tylenol kind of problem. The bad news is there doesn't seem to be an easy solution to the problem. The good news is some vendors are finally trying to simplify the migration. For instance, Infoblox just released 6Map, a freebie tool that helps begin the shift to IPv6.

Masergy virtualizes router, firewall with new NFV product

Masergy is hoping to attract enterprises with a new network functions virtualization product that virtualizes both routing and firewall functions. The new Virtual f(n) was designed to eliminate the need for on-site administration while also replacing traditional on-premises routing and firewall appliances.

Kentik Detect aims to set speed records for network data monitoring, analysis

Kentik, known as CloudHelix while running in stealth mode, officially launched with its first product, a cloud-based network visibility and analytics offering that the company claims can process trillions of network data records in a day.

HP's SDN vision may resonate with some customers, but it won't be realized any time soon

HP has been playing hard to take on competitors lately – Cisco is particularly in its cross hairs – and a recent blog post by Ahmad Zamer, HP Networking's senior global product marketing manager, shows that HP has at least managed to convince its customers of its message.

Perseus overcomes non-line-of-sight issue with Fastback IBR

Deploying wireless technology in the steel and concrete jungle of Manhattan is no easy task. With poor line of sight in most buildings, as well as the overly saturated nature of radio signals in the area, it can be a difficult task to get a new network up and running. In an interesting customer deployment story, though, Fastback Networks partner Perseus seemed to have overcome those challenges and built an outdoor wireless network for a financial services firm in lower Manhattan.

New Cisco IoT System aims to simplify digitization

Cisco introduced several new products that make up what it's calling the IoT System, following up on comments outgoing CEO John Chambers made about the digitization of the workplace in his Cisco Live keynote speech.

Spotlight: Cisco fixes SSH vulnerability on security appliances

If the news that Cisco fixed an SSH vulnerability on a handful of its products sounds like deja vu, you may not be alone. A patch issued on Thursday to eliminate a hard-coded SSH host and private key...

Cisco's Warrior may be in talks to join India's Wipro

As departing Cisco executives get ready to leave the networking giant, it's hard not to speculate on where they're going to end up for the next phase of their careers. And the rumors are already starting. According to The Times of India, outgoing CTO Padmasree Warrior is being wooed by Wipro, one of India's largest IT service providers.

How cloud videoconferencing turned LifeSize around

The demand for videoconferencing is increasing at a rapid rate, mostly because of consumer tools like Skype and Apple FaceTime, but that doesn't mean every aspect of videoconferencing is growing. In the case of LifeSize, its leaders found they had to reinvent the company over the last couple of years, shifting from a hardware focus to a software one.

OpenDaylight comes into its own with upcoming Lithium release

With the third release of OpenDaylight coming up, it appears that the project has come into its own relatively quickly. With new features and the hardening of existing features, Lithium represents a much more methodical and collaborative approach by its members and staff.