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.
Whether it's just coincidence or has something to do with the changing of the guard at Cisco, the networking vendor is losing a long-serving senior manager. A Business Insider article speculated that as current CEO John Chambers steps down, other senior talent may look for opportunities outside of Cisco.
Enterprises with Cisco TelePresence units deployed may want to grab the latest security patches. Cisco released several patches to address vulnerabilities in a few of its telepresence products.
Recent rumors indicated Cisco was making a play to purchase network threat prevention vendor FireEye, but those rumors were quashed not only by Cisco, but also by FireEye. Sources at the FireEye told Re/Code the company wouldn't even be up for sale until revenue hit $1 billion.
Cisco's outgoing CEO John Chambers delivered his last quarterly financial results as the company's head executive, and Chambers took another shot at white label manufacturers hoping to dethrone the incumbent networking and systems vendor.
Cisco CEO John Chambers has long prided himself and his comrades at Cisco at being able to predict market trends and transitions. Although the company isn't batting 1,000 in those predictions, it's hard to argue with Chambers' view of the vendor's history over his 20-year tenure as CEO.
Cisco announced today that it plans to buy Tropo, the Twilio competitor that makes it easy to drop voice calling and SMS functionality into apps. Cisco said the combined companies will deliver a "collaboration platform as a service."
Cisco is getting ready to launch a campus aggregation switch within its Catalyst line. The big difference here is the Catalyst 6840-X will provide up to 40 10Gbps Ethernet ports and two 40Gbps uplinks in a small 2RU form factor.
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.