What Chuck Robbins' appointment as Cisco CEO says about the vendor's future

Selecting the successor for one of the most well-known CEOs of a large public technology company can't be an easy task. According to Cisco, it took its board of directors 16 months from the time it initiated the search to the time it decided the right man for the job was current senior vice president of worldwide field operations Chuck Robbins.

SDN: Viva la evolution!

Although the hype may at times indicate otherwise, the adoption of software defined networking is more of an evolution rather than a revolution.

Unify Square removes tedious manual Skype management with PowerProv tool

At Microsoft Ignite, Lync- and Skype-focused firm Unify Square unveiled a provisioning tool for the popular unified communications solutions. Dubbed PowerProv, the new tool provides end-to-end provisioning for Skype for Business and Lync.

John Chambers to step down as Cisco CEO in July

It's the end of an era at Cisco Systems. This morning, the company's board of directors announced that its long-serving chief executive will be stepping down on July 26.

Spotlight: Cisco goes head-to-head against Arista in intellectual property war

Legal battles between Cisco Systems and Arista Networks are about to heat up. Cisco alleges that Arista has infringed on 14 of its patents.

When deploying a completely wireless network, look to Orlando's airport for guidance

There's a good chance that if you're reading this, you spend at least some time in airports, whether it's the annual family getaway or you're heading to one of several industry conferences to hear about the latest and greatest. There's also a good chance you've had the unfortunate experience of poor airport Wi-Fi.

Adoption of SDN, NFV in WAN is inevitable

It's still very early in the adoption phase, but the adoption of software-defined networking and network functions virtualization within the wide area network is inevitable. This is according to an article from eWeek about the recent WAN Summit 2015 in New York City.

802.11ac Wave 2 may require extensive architecture overhaul

Wave 1 and Wave 2 of the 802.11ac wireless LAN protocol share the same IEEE digits, but the differences between them may mean significant re-architecting of the network to ensure Wave 2 functions as...

Don't expect scalability with SDN

If you're expecting scalability to come automatically with any particular software-defined networking solution, first take a look at the fine print.

Choosing between Cisco and Microsoft in UC? It's not so easy

Selecting and deploying a unified communications solution is no easy task. But sometimes it is. Only the boldest of the bold truly like to play office politics, but choosing the right UC solution can be a very political decision, according to a TechTarget article.

Spotlight: Chambers notes 'tremendous shortfall' in number of IoT techies

Cisco CEO John Chambers said there is a "tremendous shortfall" in skilled Internet of Things technical professionals.

Cisco takes aim at white box switches in new video

Whether it's just friendly advice or a shot across the bow of white box switch vendors, Cisco posted a video that aimed to do some "myth busting" about the bargain--or lack thereof--of white box switches.

Jive Chimes in with cross-platform IM app

Jive Software launched a new application that ties the company more strongly into the mobile world. Jive Chime is a communications app available on iOS and Android devices--as well as on Windows and Mac computers--that aims to provide end-users with a consistent and consumer-like experience in one-on-one or group conversations.

SDN still hot topic at Interop, but confusion remains

Software-defined networking is taking center stage at Interop Las Vegas this week as various vendors show off their software-defined technologies and make announcements about new products.

Open source HPC vendor Penguin Computing releases open networking switch

Open cloud and high-performance computing vendor Penguin Computing is expanding on its Linux-based line of switches to include a switch with 48 ports of GbE Layer 2+ capabilities which also ties into Cumulus Networks' Rack Management Platform OS.

Extreme adds Skype for Business support to SDN platform, controller

It's of little surprise there's at least some talk about Skype for Business at Interop. At the show, one of the pieces of news to come out is that Extreme Networks' software-defined networking platform and OneController have been updated to support the Microsoft VoIP and unified communications tool.

Vendors highlight SDN technologies at Interop Las Vegas

As news emerges from the conference, we'll be sure to share it in the newsletter and on our website.

Spotlight: Get smarter about software to make SDN and UC pairing a reality

As enterprises continue to explore the potential benefits of software-defined networking, one area that is piquing the interest of some is how SDN could improve unified communications.

To get ready for IPv6, start by testing in the lab

IPv6 isn't exactly a new protocol at this point, as it has been deployed in some fashion for more than 15 years. However, within the enterprises, it's a protocol that is fashionably late to the party.

Customer service focus needed to boost UC adoption among SMEs

For UC to grow within the small and medium enterprise space, vendors will have to find ways to differentiate themselves from traditional telephony providers. The solution? A customer service focus.