A10 rolls out more Thunder with mid-range, high-end appliances

A10 Networks unveiled a mid-range line of its Thunder Application Delivery Controller product portfolio, as well as new high-end Thunder SPE ADC appliances. With the two Thunder SPE models, A10 noted in its announcement that it has set a new high level for high-performance application delivery on its ADCs.

Open Networking Foundation unveils first release of Atrium SDN software distro

The Open Networking Foundation took another step this week toward helping make software-defined networking more production-ready. The company unveiled the first version of its Atrium SDN software distribution.

Brocade improves network flow visibility with new SDN application

Brocade released a new software-defined networking tool that the company claims is essentially a turnkey solution for understanding traffic patterns and behaviors.

Chambers opens Cisco Live with 'disrupt or be disrupted' message

Cisco chairman and outgoing CEO John Chambers kicked off Cisco Live in San Diego speaking to the importance of digital transformation. In what is likely to be the last opening keynote Chambers gives at a Cisco conference, he stressed the importance of transforming businesses to the digital realm and getting ready for the next generation of the Internet.

It's not the same ol' Cisco

Incoming Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins jumped the gun by about a week in announcing his senior management and executive team. With the announcement also comes more sad news, as Cisco says "goodbye" to even more long-time executives.

Spotlight: Skype Translator coming to Windows desktop app in the summer

Microsoft plans to roll out Skype Translator to the Windows desktop version of the popular communication app, starting with a preview soon. 

CliQr integrates CloudCenter app manager with Cisco ACI

At Cisco Live in San Diego, application-defined cloud management platform provider CliQr announced it has integrated its CloudCenter product with Cisco's Application Centric Infrastructure to provide greater levels of application efficiency, performance, visibility and control.

Nectar and Cisco team up for UC SDN policy enforcement, monitoring

Nectar Services and Cisco are partnering on a unified communications software-defined networking product. By combining Cisco's Application Policy Infrastructure Controller Enterprise Module – or APIC-EM – and Nectar's Unified Communications Management Policy products, the combined UC-SDN solution aims to provide multi-vendor UC support across Cisco networks.

Networking trends keeping IT pros up at night

As the network continues to evolve, there are always challenges networking professionals face, but with significant changes to network design finding their way into enterprises, the technology challenges today are huge.

HP beefs up collaboration portfolio around Intel Unite, Skype and Chromebox

HP is rolling out new low-cost collaboration products based on Intel Unite software. The new products, which include collaboration-centric PCs and a videoconferencing monitor, aim to provide cost-effective ways to collaborate and hold real-time meetings.

Cisco's Warrior ousted as CTO in favor of Romanski

The rumors are true. Incoming Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins has unveiled his new leadership team, and Padmasree Warrior's name does not appear on the list. Instead, CTO Warrior has been ousted in favor of Hilton Romanski, who will take on the role of senior vice president and chief technology and strategy officer.

Spotlight: HP and Arista partner to take on Cisco

HP is teaming up with Arista Networks in the hopes of taking on Cisco in the software-defined networking space. Both companies are Cisco rivals.

Former employees may still be in your network

Human resource policies don't always tie in nicely with IT policies, and there have been more than one (probably several thousand, if not more) companies that have found that although an employee is no longer with them, they're still lurking in the network. Or at least, they could be, if they wanted to.

Cisco executive shake-up continues with golden handshakes, CTO rumors

The transition in Cisco CEOs has had its casualties, and the latest two to leave – presidents Rob Lloyd and Gary Moore – have received big payouts, as well as orders they are not to work for a long list of networking industry competitors within the next year. In addition to that, reports indicate CTO Padmasree Warrior may also be planning to exit on July 25 when Chuck Robbins takes over for current CEO John Chambers.

HP adds further support for public clouds to Helion CloudSystem

At HP Discover in Las Vegas, HP updated its HP Helion cloud portfolio with new features around hybrid cloud. More specifically, HP took the wraps off the 9.0 release of HP Helion CloudSystem, the company's flagship integrated cloud solution for enterprises. It also introduced new elements to the HP Helion Managed Cloud Services portfolio.

Cisco prepares customers for Wave 2 with new access points, controllers

The next wave of wireless access points are starting to hit the market. Cisco is among the first to release not only 802.11ac Wave 2 wireless access points, but also Wave 2-compliant controllers.

Gluware 2.0 offers central orchestration of SD-WAN

Glue Networks unveiled the 2.0 version of its Gluware SD-WAN orchestration platform. The new version revolves around two key features that were designed to simplify network and device provisioning, as well as take more control over the design of the WAN.

Cisco's incoming CEO aims for streamlined executive suite

It's a time of churn and changes at Cisco Systems. From the moment CEO John Chambers announced his impending retirement and that Chuck Robbins would be replacing him, there has been much speculation about what the Cisco of the future will look like and how the company will fare without Chambers leading.

Hola shows why 'free' sometimes comes at a price

Free peer-to-peer VPN service Hola is apparently not as secure as the company likes to claim. According to a Network World article, Hola sold bandwidth of its 47 million users and also contains several security vulnerabilities that could open up users to botnet infections and other malicious types.

Spotlight: No clear winner in hosted vs. non-hosted Lync

With so many choices in how to consume unified communications solutions, maybe it's not that surprising that enterprises are split as to whether they want hosted or non-hosted Microsoft Lync or Skype for Business.