CounterPath updates desktop, mobile UC apps

A unified communications deployment that doesn't take mobile into account isn't all that useful in the era of the always-on road warrior. With that in mind, CounterPath is rolling out a new version of both its desktop and mobile unified communications messaging application.

ScienceLogic offers greater visibility into Cisco ACI

If Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure is a little tricky to monitor, then ScienceLogic may have the solution for you. The company introduced a monitoring, dependency mapping and visualization tool that aims to provide network administrators with greater visibility into Cisco's software-defined networking product.

Cisco will wrap up Chambers' last quarter as CEO in earnings call

Based on the number of emails in my inbox about upcoming (or just past) networking vendor earnings calls, it's that time again when investors, the media and other interested parties take a hard look at how the biggest publicly traded networking companies are faring.

TRENDnet adds lifetime warranty to metal-housed switches

For American and Canadian customers, TRENDnet is offering a lifetime warranty on its metal-enclosed switches sold after January 1, 2015. It's a good idea, especially since switches get replaced...

Cisco earnings preview: Chambers' last quarter as CEO

The CEO switch at Cisco officially happened a couple of weeks ago, but Wednesday's quarterly and fiscal year-end earnings call will truly mark the end of the John Chambers era.

4 SDN myths, misconceptions debunked

Software-defined networking represents what is probably the biggest change in networking in the last 25 years. It's still early in its lifecycle, though, and most organizations have yet to roll out a production-ready SDN system. According to Gary Denman, a senior director with Brocade, there are still several myths and misconceptions about SDN.

Baltimore Ravens' stadium gets high density Wi-Fi

The Baltimore Ravens' M&T Bank Stadium is the latest large sporting venue to get the high density Wi-Fi treatment. Working with Extreme Networks and systems integrator PCM, the stadium's tech team outfitted the venue with what they're calling an end-to-end wireless solution.

Arista accuses Cisco of patent trolling

The legal battle between Cisco Systems and Arista Networks continues and even seeped into Arista's earnings call late last week. CEO Jayshree Ullal spoke about Cisco's two patent lawsuits against Arista, and general counsel Marc Taxay accused the larger networking vendor of acting like a patent troll.

Vendor lock-in is dead, but beware of operational lock-in

Although open source proponents continue to warn enterprises of vendor lock-in, it's not so much the vendor that enterprises have to worry about anymore. It's operational lock-in.

Robbins era of Cisco leading to more focused operations

Chuck Robbins is only into his second week as new CEO of Cisco Systems, but ever since his appointment (and John Chambers' retirement) was announced in May, Cisco has been shedding superfluous businesses and streamlining its operations at the top.

IIX aims to solve interconnection issues with Console

There's still plenty of secrecy around it, but Console (a new IIX company) promises to change enterprise interconnections. IIX announced the launch of Console, a Software-as-a-Service company,...

HP offers threat intelligence insight with new TippingPoint security product

With the growing threat of cyberattacks, most of the major networking vendors are looking for ways to help enterprises protect their networks and their assets. The latest announcement on that front comes from HP, which released the TippingPoint Threat Protection System.

Cisco boosts SDN strategy with Puppet automation of Nexus switches

Puppet Labs and Cisco are working together to put more automation into networking infrastructure. Through their continuing partnership, Puppet Labs Enterprise is now integrated with Cisco Open NX-OS, Cisco's upcoming operating system for its Nexus series of switches.

Cumulus wants you to try open networking with its new virtual appliance

In an effort to convince enterprises to give open networking a shot, Cumulus Networks has released Cumulus VX as a free virtual appliance that simulates a traditional Cumulus technology environment.

Free Skype multi-party video calling gets wider release

Skype video calling and multi-party video calling is getting a wider release as Microsoft continues to move the communications tool toward a more ad-driven model. Now the video calling services are available to Skype for Web and end users using

Go rugged with in-vehicle and wearable Lynx routers

The new TeleCommunication Systems Lynx portfolio of portable routers may be of limited use to the majority of enterprises, but it's an interesting piece of technology, nevertheless. 

Birch adds advanced call monitoring, recording to TotalCloud IP PBX

Communications and cloud services provider Birch added new call monitoring and recording capabilities to its TotalCloud IP PBX products. The new features are pretty much exactly as they sound,...

CERN opts for OpenFlow for SDN capabilities

Software-defined networking – and OpenFlow, in particular – got a boost last week when CERN signed a deal to have Brocade to help create a long-term SDN strategy. So in some ways, SDN...

Traditional IP telephony abandoned in favor of cloud

As enterprises shift their telephony to the cloud, the need for on-premises equipment running telephony and related functions is becoming less necessary. According to Dell'Oro Group, the increasing move to cloud-based services will show the overall enterprise IP telephony market shrinking by about 20 percent over the next few years.

Fast Ethernet driving growth, but 10G isn't dead yet

With cloud providers and enterprises expanding and upgrading their data centers to take advantage of 25G and 100G switches, Ethernet volume is growing significantly, according to Dell'Oro Group...