Archive for September 2016

There are many factors to consider when a technology vendor decides to pull the trigger on an acquisition. Things such as impact to channel, customer reaction, product rationalization and other issues must be thought out.

However, sometimes an acquisition seems to be a great fit and the decision is “black and white,” meaning it’s crystal clear with no shades of grey. This appears to have been the case for Extreme Networks, which earlier this week scooped up the wireless LAN (WLAN) business from Zebra Technologies for $55 million.

Riverbed Technology has been aggressively rebuilding its portfolio to better align with SD-WAN, and its recent announcements show it has come roaring back

Riverbed Technology is well known as the de facto standard for WAN optimization and pioneered that market. Maybe there were a few vendors with solutions out before Riverbed, but it was the company that defined and evangelized that market.

Aerohive’s SD-LAN brings a level of agility, visibility and automation to the campus LAN that it never had before

The term “software-defined” has been applied to a number of technologies, including networking, WAN, security, storage and data center.

One area it has yet to be associated with is the local area network (LAN). But what exactly does “software-defined” mean and should it extend to the LAN? Just because something runs in software, it doesn’t make it any different than running in hardware.

ZeroStack’s Hybrid Cloud solution lets customers migrate workloads from ESX to ZeroStack with a single click

Earlier this year, I wrote about a startup called ZeroStack that lets customers easily build an OpenStack-based, plug-and-play private cloud. The company offers a turnkey solution that can be used in a private data center or in a colocation facility. ZeroStack customers can use the platform to move away from legacy virtualization platforms to a dynamic, standards-based cloud environment without requiring a bunch of OpenStack engineers.

Aruba’s Mobile First Platform, built on the new ArubaOS 8.0, helps partners and customers build mobile-enabled apps on top of the Aruba foundation

The digital business era is highly competitive with companies looking for a way to one-up the competition. One way to do that is to gain new insights from data gathered from various systems.

A significant source of data that has been vastly underutilized is the network. Business today is network-centric, meaning companies should leverage network information to make better, more-informed decisions.

From my perspective as a longtime Polycom watcher, here’s my ideas for incoming CEO Mary McDowell.

As mentioned last week on No Jitter, Polycom has announced that Mary McDowell would become CEO effective immediately upon the closing of the company’s acquisition by Siris Capital Group, expected this month or next month.

McDowell is an executive partner at Siris, which she joined in March. She is a seasoned leader in the technology industry, having held previous executive roles at Nokia and HP-Compaq over her 25-year career. (She also serves on the board of directors of UBM, the parent company of No Jitter and Enterprise Connect.) Her experience in leading multibillion-dollar technology business units will bode well as she looks to move Polycom into its next phase.

The CEO shake-up shouldn’t be a huge surprise to anyone, as new owners often change out the top leadership at the companies they acquire. Company goals change, and so too should the CEO skillset.

Having your network breached is inevitable. The question is how fast can you detect the incident and respond.

A decade ago, security meant a big firewall at a single ingress point. All devices and applications were under IT’s tight control, so they did not create significant security risks.

Today, everything has changed. The rise of cloud computing, BYOD, shadow IT, WiFi devices, software defined everything and other trends have blown up the tightly controlled model and created a rather chaotic system.

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