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.
Cisco will be taking on Slack and other team collaboration tools as it beefs up the voice and video capabilities of Spark. The company unveiled the changes yesterday, providing capabilities that Slack currently doesn't provide and potentially giving Cisco a leg up in the team collaboration space.
It was 40 GbE switches that drove the data center Ethernet market in the third quarter of 2015, but 100 GbE is expected to make significant gains in 2016, according to a new report from research firm Dell'Oro Group.
The latest release of Cisco's Application-Centric Infrastructure software-defined networking technology adds support for Docker containers and micro-segmentation for both VMware VDS, Microsoft Hyper-V and bare-metal applications.
Skype for Business has been in the headlines again. With Microsoft finally unveiling the long-awaited preview of PBX and PSTN features for Skype for Business and, in turn, its Office 365 productivity suite, there is much to be excited about and plenty to discuss.