Rumor: Mitel and Polycom are in merger talks

Unified communications provider Mitel and communications and collaboration technology vendor Polycom may be about to merge. If true, the announcement could be made as soon as early next week, according to a Bloomberg article.

Dialpad tool provides insight into legacy and cloud-based phone and messaging systems

New analytics software from Dialpad provides administrators with greater visibility into the communications infrastructure across an enterprise, no matter whether workers are in the main headquarters, in branch offices or working from mobile devices.

Cisco FirePower software gets update to lock down exploit bug

Cisco has dealt with a bug in its FirePower System Software that, according to a security advisory, "could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to bypass malware detection mechanisms on an affected system."

D-Link adds surveillance switches to DGS-1100 line

D-Link unveiled a new line of switches designed with IP-based surveillance systems in mind. The D-Link DGS-1100 Series Smart Managed line launched at ISC with two models – the 10-port DGS-1100-10MP and the 26-port DGS-1100-26MP.

Veriflow applies mathematical verification to network changes

Freshly out of stealth mode, Veriflow is hoping to solve network change-induced outages and breaches through mathematical verification techniques. The company, which is backed by investors like New Enterprise Associates, the National Science Foundation and the Department of Defense, launched its first software product, which was designed to mathematically validate networkwide policies.

Spotlight: Palo Alto beefs up cloud and virtualization features with PAN-OS update

Updates to Palo Alto Networks' PAN-OS increase its cloud support and virtualization features.

Brocade gets into Wi-Fi in a big way through planned Ruckus Wireless acquisition

Brocade is looking to increase its presence in wireless networking. The company just signed a definitive agreement to acquire Ruckus Wireless, a provider of Wi-Fi products for enterprises and service providers.

Juniper's completes BTI Systems acquisition

Juniper Networks put the wheels in motion to acquire BTI Systems back in January, and now the company has completed the purchase.

HPE targets big data and financial services workloads with new HPC servers

HPE is beefing up its high-performance computing server business this year, and it's targeting businesses running complex HPC and big data workloads, as well as the financial services industry.

CloudRouter 3.0 aims to pave the way to the enterprise

The CloudRouter Project is rolling along quickly since its launch a little more than a year ago. The open source routing and SDN project is now boasting 100 Gbps speeds that the CloudRouter team believes will pave the way for greater SDN adoption.

Spotlight: Demand for UC grows thanks to flexible working and M&A

Unified communications and collaboration is starting to grow.

SolarWinds head geek: Pilot early, pilot often

Financial incentives and other benefits make it impossible for network engineers and administrators to simply ignore or outright dismiss cloud computing, but that doesn't mean they're not causing headaches.

Video still doesn't feel as natural as making a phone call

For whatever reason, I clearly remember the first time I made a voice call on my computer. It was clunky, not the easiest thing to use and the quality was poor. It was hard to imagine then that eventually VoIP would become one of my preferred communication platforms, but today, I make most of my business calls using Skype.

Skype for Business users can now call into Zoom videoconferences

Zoom has integrated its videoconferencing service with Skype for Business, enabling Skype users to connect to a Zoom conference using the popular Microsoft unified communications software.

Arista takes on enterprise data centers and CSPs with 100 Tbps cloud networking switch

A new switching and routing series from Arista Networks aims to provide the scalability and speeds needed for enterprise private clouds and next-generation data centers.

Logicalis aims to increase video communication adoption with new managed service

As video communication and collaboration continue to become a discussion point within enterprises, Logicalis US has unveiled a new video collaboration service designed to ensure video is optimized for greater quality and performance.

PLUMgrid adds Docker support to Open Networking Suite

Through an update of its Open Networking Suite, PLUMgrid is connecting Docker and OpenStack in its software-defined networking offering. ONS 5.0, which supports both the Kilo and Liberty OpenStack releases, extends the SDN technology to Docker containers, essentially connecting Docker and OpenStack.

ShoreTel beefs up integration with Skype for Business

An updated integration with Skype for Business puts ShoreTel's telephony controls within the Microsoft unified communications offering.

Spotlight: SDN Essentials and Raisecom join OpenDaylight Project

The OpenDaylight Project continues to expand and grow.

Containerized infrastructure is driving new use cases for managed DNS

The changing application infrastructure is creating new use cases for DNS management tools, according to Kris Beevers, co-founder and CEO of NS1.