Archive for 2015

Breaking down the mergers and acquisitions from this year that will have the biggest long-term impact on the networking industry.

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2015 was a big year for mergers and acquisitions in the networking industry. Here are the ones that are most likely to have the biggest long-term impact on the industry.

The impressive airline aims to embrace digitization and innovation to stay ahead of the competition.

This week, Cisco is holding its third annual Internet of Things World Forum in Dubai. One of the keynote speakers on the first day was Neetan Chopra, Senior Vice President of IT Strategic Services for Emirates Airlines, and he discussed how he and the company think about innovation to stay on top of its industry.

With Cisco’s annual Collaboration Summit just ahead, here’s a look at the unique position Cisco finds itself in with the newly acquired Tropo.

Cisco’s annual Collaboration Summit is being held next week in San Francisco (disclosure: Cisco is a client of ZK Research). This event is always interesting, as it highlights the latest and greatest Cisco collaboration technology. I fully expect Cisco’s Workstream Communications and Collaboration product, Spark, to capture most of the headlines given the strong marketing push from Cisco this year.

With a handful of new products designed to get the most out of Wi-Fi and mobile apps, Aruba sets its sights on the increasingly mobile enterprise.

Digitization is currently a red-hot topic with IT and business leaders. One of the foundational components of digitization is finding ways to improve the mobile experience of customers, workers, students, clinicians, etc. In fact, almost everyone today considers the mobile device to be a critical part of life today.

A few weeks ago I presented on the state of Software-Defined Networks (SDN) at this years Open Networking User Group (ONUG) conference. During the section on SD-WAN I made a comment that I thought that hybrid WAN was an unnecessary step on the journey towards a broadband WAN. It appears I touched a nerve on that topic — the minute I stepped off the podium I was inundated with people asking to me to explain myself further — so I thought I would give more details.

As more websites personalize content for users, optimization efforts need to adapt.

Content delivery networks (CDNs) have been the de facto standard method of improving internet content for years. CDNs work by pre-fetching content and putting it as close to the user as possible. The closer a user is to a CDN point of presence (POP), the better the performance.

By integrating Cisco’s ACI, VCE aims to take the complexity out of deploying SDN.

VCE, the company that started off as a joint venture between VMware, Cisco, and EMC, has been highly successful in simplifying the process of deploying converged infrastructure. Its flagship product, Vblock, enables customers to deploy a private cloud using a converged system from the three founding vendors. As widely deployed as VMware, Cisco, and EMC are, most customers do not have the skills to deploy the three sets of infrastructure in an optimized way. I’ve discussed this challenge with VCE and they’ve told me there are literally hundreds of thousands of configuration parameters, and VCE has done all of the heavy lifting to remove the complexity of deployment (disclosure: VCE and Cisco are clients of ZK Research).

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