Archive for March 2018

Arista’s new line of network switches provides greater performance and scale to meet the demands of cloud providers and cloud-first businesses.

It’s fair to say that there has never been a bigger driver of network evolution than the cloud. The reason for this is the cloud is a fundamentally different kind of compute paradigm, as it enables applications, data and architecture changes to be done seemingly instantly. Cloud-native infrastructure is what enables mobile app developers to roll out new versions daily if they so choose.

Pure Storage’s AIRI simplifies and speeds up the process of deploying infrastructure to support artificial intelligence-based systems.

The technology that powers businesses is evolving faster than ever before, allowing us to do more than we ever thought possible. Things that were once only seen in science fiction movies are actually coming to life.

One of these areas is the field of artificial intelligence (AI). We’re on the verge of having machines diagnose cancer, map out the universe, take over dangerous jobs, and drive us around. The downside to the rapid evolution has been a rise in complexity. Putting together the infrastructure and software to power AI-based systems can often take months to build, tune, and tweak so that it runs optimally.

Introduces a turnkey approach to blending physical spaces with digital technologies.

Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company, is holding its annual Atmosphere conference in Las Vegas this week. The show is generally a pretty hard-core networking event for a highly technical audience, but this year the event has evolved as Aruba has shifted much of its messaging to be more business relevant — and that makes sense given Wi-Fi has become so critical to digital transformation.

An interesting supporting proof point of this comes from a CIO event I moderated a couple of months ago regarding digital transformation. On my panel, I had four CIOs, each from a different industry vertical. Every one of them discussed the importance of high quality Wi-Fi and one even made the argument that the technology should be thought of as the foundation for digital transformation.

Polycom’s portfolio complements Plantronics perfectly, which will give the combined company a clearer path to the UC market.

It’s been a long and strange last couple of years for Polycom. In April 2016, Mitel announced it would plunk down a shade under $2 billion for the voice and video conferencing specialist only to have the deal scuttled by a private equity firm, Siris Captial Group, which pushed the offer to $2 billion. After the dust settled and the financial engineering was done, the final purchase price wound up being $1.7 billion, with the investors paying about half from their own fund and borrowing the other half. Polycom was a cash-rich company and had about $700M in the bank at the time, which certainly offset the purchase price.

Aruba’s new NetInsight solution uses artificial intelligence and the cloud to improve Wi-Fi troubleshooting and ensure Wi-Fi performance.

There’s no question that Wi-Fi networks continue to grow in importance for most companies. Workers rely on it to do their jobs, students are being educated on mobile tablets, doctors are pulling up records at a patients’ bedside, and millions of Internet of Things (IoT) devices are now being connected to Wi-Fi.

Wireless is no longer the connection of convenience — it’s mission critical, and a poor-performing wireless network means a key process is likely to fail.

Deploying an SD-WAN can seem daunting. Here’s how to break it into smaller, simpler steps.

Rarely do I have a conversation about networking when the topic of software-defined WANs (SD-WANs) does not come up. It’s far and away the thing that network professionals care most about, even ahead of data center SDNs.

In a data center, enterprises can steer people out of problems as there’s always an abundance of experienced engineers locally available to tackle any issue big or small. That luxury does not exist with the WAN because branch offices can be scattered across the globe and often, the best one can hope for in terms of a local resource is a branch administrator or someone who can check lights or confirm things are plugged in and powered up. Also, for many geographically distributed organizations, the WAN is their business – so having an agile, dynamic WAN that enables applications to perform better is a top priority.

Cisco has a diverse corporate social responsibility program, and now it’s focusing on ending homelessness in its own backyard with an investment in Destination: Home.

Cisco is well known for many things. It’s the world’s largest networking vendor, it has typically been the bell weather for IT spending, as it’s often predicted upticks or downticks in spending before other vendors, and its ability to catch market transitions has been remarkable, which is why it has a market leading position in so many technology areas adjacent to the network.

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