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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It's nothing out of the ordinary to see plenty of merger and acquisition activity within the wireless LAN space. Currently, a handful of vendors are spending big bucks to acquire the next generation of WLAN providers, but there's a good chance more acquisitions are on the horizon.
Cisco is about to lose two more long-term senior executives. Two company presidents will be vacating their positions and leaving the company as Chuck Robbins steps into the role of CEO on July 25.
Network visibility and security vendor Lancope is expanding its monitoring product portfolio with the release of PacketWatch at Infosecurity Europe 2015.
As the Internet of Things continues to take hold and billions of devices get connected to the Internet – presumably so they too can watch funny cat videos – the key to building the next generation of wireless LANs will be scalability, according to Xirrus founder and executive chairman Dirk Gates.
According to data from Cisco, global Internet traffic will reach one zettabyte by 2016. Internet traffic has grown significantly, particularly in the last decade as video and other bandwidth-intensive applications have taken hold.
HP solidified its place in the OpenDaylight Project by purchasing open software-defined networking vendor ConteXtream.
Cumulus Networks is looking to take on the big vendors like Cisco with its flavor of open software-defined networking.
Since about 15 years ago, I've been loath to use the phrase "skills gap," but at least in the case of IP networking professionals, it appears there are too few people in the world who can do the connectivity jobs we need in our modern world.
Even as the big proprietary vendors play down the importance of open networking, enterprises are at least taking a long, hard look at the growing open networking trend. And according to Patrick Moorhead, founder, president and principal analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy, it's something even the most conservative of enterprise analysts are considering.
Unified communications hasn't exactly lived up to the promise made oh so many years ago. The typical UC solution is a mishmash of hardware and software from different vendors that may or may not work together. The solution? Shift to a single-vendor UC solution. If only it was that simple.
Software-defined wide area networking vendors are making all kinds of promises about the benefits of the technology and what it means for the future of the branch office. According David Hughes, founder and CEO of Silver Peak, the potential cost savings by using SD-WAN are huge.
Software-defined networking may be on the path to becoming the standard way of designing a network, but there are many hurdles to cross ahead.