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.
At the top, there's no real change in the leading companies when it comes to providers of enterprise data center infrastructure. Synergy Research Group unveiled its analysis of the third quarter of the data center infrastructure market, which data for both the enterprise and service provider space, and found Hewlett Packard Enterprise is still leading the charge.
Layer 2-3 Ethernet switching vendors should round out calendar year 2015 with a solid fourth quarter following a strong third quarter that came close to the industry's all-time quarterly high.
As we come ever closer to the final days of 2015, I've been thinking back to much of the news we've covered in FierceEnterpriseCommunications this year. Besides the trends of software-defined networking and open networking, one of the interesting trends I've enjoyed writing about is the use of light in some way in networking.
A restructuring of its marketing and communications organization appears to be the reason for a recent round of layoffs at Cisco. A source confirmed to FierceEnterpriseCommunications that about 120 of the 250 people in the marketing and communications organization were laid off last week. Many of those have been with Cisco for more than a decade; and at least one was approaching the 20-year service mark.
The case for installing networking capabilities into lighting just got stronger. Philips, one of the world's largest manufacturers of light bulbs, has inked a deal with Cisco, SAP and Bosch to work on networked lighting technologies.