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After leading Riverbed for 16 years, co-founder and CEO Jerry Kennelly turns the reigns over to Paul Mountford.

In 2010, pop singer Katy Perry released a song called Firework. Some of its lyrics are: “Cause baby you’re a firework, come on show ’em what you’re worth, make ’em go oh, oh, oh.”  In addition to being one of my favorite Katy Perry songs, it’s always reminded me of the firework that was Riverbed and its charismatic and often outspoken CEO, Jerry Kennelly.

Cisco makes organizational changes, shifting roles and responsibilities and bringing new leadership on board.

Since the day he took the CEO position at Cisco, Chuck Robbins has been shuffling the executive cards at Cisco. Last week, he continued to re-tool the company by adding a couple of new people and reorganizing other groups. Here is a summary of the changes and the impact to Cisco.

At Nvidia’s GTC, CEO Jensen Huang performed a 2.5-hour keynote loaded with announcements. These are the key ones CIOs should take note of.

Over the past five years, the use of artificial intelligence (AI) has exploded, giving rise to several new conferences on the topic. However, the premier event has become Nvidia’s GPU Technology Conference (GTC), the latest of which was held in San Jose, California, last week. Attendance was a whopping 8,500, about 2,000 more than GTC17. (Note: Nvidia is a client of ZK Research.)

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.

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