Archive for August 2015

The two companies at the top of their markets realize they are better together.

Back in 2005, Jack Johnson released a wonderful song called Better Together that’s one of my favorites from that artist. Today, at Cisco’s Global Sales Meeting in Las Vegas, Cisco’s Executive Chairman John Chambers and Apple CEO Tim Cook sang their own version of this song, and it went something like this:

With a new analytics monitoring platform, Brocade aims to make the SAN easier to manage.

“You can’t manage what you can’t see” is a popular axiom in the network management industry. The idea is that the foundation of any organization’s management strategy should be to maximize visibility across the network. Only by “seeing” traffic flows can IT departments truly understand the IP network and troubleshoot problems quickly. This is one of the reasons visibility vendors like Gigamon have been red hot of late.

Increasingly common consumer mobile devices open up the enterprise to all sorts of cybersecurity threats.

Earlier this month, Check Point Software released its 2015 security report which found that mobile devices have become the biggest threat for today’s enterprises. I like the fact that more vendors are doing their own studies and sharing the findings. Cybersecurity has so many facets that it’s very challenging for IT departments to understand where to focus their energy, so surveys like this help.

The rising use of new team communications and collaboration tools should have many organizations rethinking their conference room technology choices.

One of the things I like about the unified communications and collaboration market is that it’s constantly evolving, which means I always have something new to cover. Currently what’s new is the rise of team collaboration tools, or what me and fellow No Jitter blogger, Dave Michels, like to call workstream communications and collaboration (WCC). Unfortunately, as we watch the evolution of virtual team collaboration enabled via WCC, we haven’t seen companies keep pace on the physical team meeting space.

As discussed in previous No Jitter coverage, WCC tool vendors include Acano, Biba, Cisco (with Spark), Redbooth, Interactive Intelligence, and Unify (with Circuit). To give you an idea of how hot this market is, Dave and I have already compiled a list of 14 companies as part of a joint report on the WCC market we’re working on — and we know that list isn’t exhaustive.

As Cisco transitions from long-time CEO John Chambers to Chuck Robbins, here are three important goals for the networking leader’s new era.

Last week, Cisco made history, in a way: for the first time in over 80 quarters, someone other than John Chambers led the quarterly earnings call.

With UC environments getting exponentially more complex, management needs to get far more automated.

Thrown around a lot lately, the term “software defined” has come to mean many things to many people. It’s been applied to networks, data centers, WANs, and other IT areas. But to unified communications? Not so much.

Among the multiple descriptions for software-defined whatever are a couple of points of commonality for each of these scenarios. They are:

With a new release of Big-IP, F5 provides a foundation for a cloud strategy.

F5, the de facto standard and market leader in application delivery controllers (ADCs), is holding its annual “Agility” event in Washington, D.C. At the event, the company took the covers off version 12.0 (formerly known as Badger) of its application delivery software, Big-IP.

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