With the VxBlock 1000, Dell-EMC’s next-generation CI platform, customers can mix and match storage, networking and compute technology for greater data center agility.

Standing up a private cloud using technology from multiple vendors is a time-consuming, complex process that involves months of post-deployment tweaking and tuning.

In 2009, VMware, Cisco and EMC formed a joint venture called VCE that aimed to solve that problem. (Note: Cisco and VMWare are clients of ZK Research.) They created a converged infrastructure (CI) product called “Vblock” that brought together VMware software, Cisco servers and networking with EMC storage in a preconfigured, turnkey, validated solution so customers could essentially turn the product on and start using it.

Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Security Platform expands security to all major public cloud services: Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform and Microsoft Azure.

Over the past five years, the cloud has gone from being something that augments a business’s IT strategy to being the core of it. It’s now commonplace to hear organizations, small and large, say they have a “cloud-first” strategy. The cloud offers unprecedented scale, elasticity and agility for digital organizations to build apps on and be able to change on the fly.

For most companies, though, there is no single thing called “the cloud.” It’s likely the term “cloud” means multiple public clouds with some private cloud thrown into the mix.

Focuses on SMBs and channel partners selling to that market

The UCaaS market has been red hot over the past few years, and it’s likely to stay that way into the foreseeable future as companies ditch their on-premises systems for a much easier to deploy cloud option. What’s been an interesting trend in UCaaS is that most of the incumbent vendors that got their start selling to SMBs are now targeting mid- to large-size enterprises for future growth.

Intermedia, known as a provider of cloud business applications, last week tossed its hat into the UCaaS ring when it announced its Intermedia Unite solution that combines screen sharing and video from the acquisition of AnyMeeting with its own cloud-based voice, file sharing, and secure backup capabilities. Despite going after small businesses, Unite has all enterprise-grade call features including call park, transfer, voicemail with transcription, hunt groups with rich reporting, and others. It also includes a feature, called “flip,” that allows workers to transfer calls between mobile and office phones, and vice versa.

Cyber risk is real but hard to protect against. To help organizations, Apple, Cisco, Aon, and Allianz have come together to create a joint solution.

In almost every conversation I have today with business or IT leaders, the topic of security and risk comes up. Want to move to the cloud? Sounds great, but what about security? Thinking of rolling out a new customer-facing application? That could change the business, but how do we protect the data? Considering an IoT strategy? Makes sense, but what kind of new risks does that create?

Altocloud is now part of Cisco’s SolutionsPlus partner program, a combination delivering value to both companies and their customers.

If you’re a fan of the TV show, “The Office” you undoubtedly remember this episode where Michael Scott and company teach us that there’s something better than a win-win, and that’s a win-win-win. In the tech industry, partnerships work when they are a win-win-win, as such deals benefit both vendors as well as the customers. If one of those constituents lose, then the partnership will likely fail.

Cisco Live EMEA took place in Barcelona a couple weeks back, and while intent-based networking stole the show, there was some other noteworthy news out of the event. Altocloud announced it had entered an agreement with Cisco to join its SolutionsPlus Program. One of the components of the agreement is that Altocloud is now available to Cisco’s sales force and reseller community through the Cisco Global Price List (GPL), streamlining the procurement of the solution.

Aerohive’s new Atom pluggable Wi-Fi devices let businesses cost- effectively extend wireless networks to hard-to-reach places.

The opening to “Star Trek: The Original Series” featured Captain Kirk proclaiming that space was the “Final Frontier” and that the Enterprise was going to “boldly go where no man has gone before.”

Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise’s new Stellar Wi-Fi products complement its Aruba OEM agreement and offer customers price-competitive solutions that are easy to deploy and manage.

Historically, Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise’s Wi-Fi strategy has been to be an Aruba OEM. Given Aruba’s high market share and strong technology, this makes sense because it gives Alcatel-Lucent a credible set of products to build a business around.

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