After eight years of fighting in court, Cisco has finally emerged the winner in a patent dispute that was originally ruled in the plaintiff's favor.
The networking industry, like any industry that has been around for so long, always seems to be in the midst of consolidations. Larger vendors frequently purchase smaller companies, beefing up specific capabilities to address enterprise customer needs or buying their way into emerging markets.
Call it industry consolidation. Call it accelerating time to market. Whatever the case, 2015 was a year of several major acquisitions in the DevOps space, including a few surprising ones.
Interest in software-defined WAN is growing, but unlike many smaller companies and startups that are looking to tackle WAN problems in a new way, Cisco is sticking to the tried-and-true branch appliance route. And according to Kiran Ghodgaonkar, director of WAN solutions at Cisco, it's ultimately going to be what wins in the enterprise, mostly because of the added services he said are available on such appliances.
In the wake of teh breach at Juniper, Cisco is conducting a review of its code, which includes penetration testing and code reviews by qualified external parties.
There were some big name comings and goings this year in enterprise IT and while those changes have had some immediate impact, there's surely more impact to come in 2016. Here are the most most interesting executive shakeups and the ones that promise to continue to reverberate into the coming year.
There have been plenty of rumors about the next steps for Cisco executives who didn't stay on under the new regime. Some have already found new homes in or out of the information technology business. But the majority of the rumors appear to have been about former Cisco CTO Padmasree Warrior. It now appears, though, that Warrior has settled on the next phase of her career.
Palo Alto Networks has brought on board the technology veteran who helped guide Gap Inc. through the transition to software-defined networking. The security-focused networking vendor announced this week it hired Naveen Zutshi to take on the CIO mantle.
It's unclear exactly what happened, but F5 Networks' new CEO is now its old CEO. Manuel Rivelo, who assumed the role of F5 head on July 1, has left the company – both as president/CEO and a member of the board of directors – "for matters regarding personal conduct unrelated to the operations or financials" to F5, according to a company press release.
The two lawsuits Cisco brought against Arista Networks are far from over, but in the latest shot from the networking giant against the up-and-comer, Cisco's general counsel claimed an audio clip in which someone said they "slavishly copied" the Cisco CLI was Arista CTO and co-founder Kenneth Duda. CRN reported the comments by Mark Chandler, Cisco's general counsel.