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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cisco dives deeper into open source with the launch of a new continuous deployment microservices project. Available for perusal on GitHub, the new project is a microservices architecture built as an open framework around various other open source projects, including Docker, Mesos and Consul.
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.
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.
There's another rumor floating around about a possible Cisco acquisition. If true, then Cisco is on the verge of signing a deal to acquire hyperconvergence vendor Nutanix.