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With a new release of Big-IP, F5 provides a foundation for a cloud strategy.

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F5, the de facto standard and market leader in application delivery controllers (ADCs), is holding its annual “Agility” event in Washington, D.C. At the event, the company took the covers off version 12.0 (formerly known as Badger) of its application delivery software, Big-IP.

If you know the man, then you know why the company
has been so successful and has such a strong culture.

As Cisco’s John Chambers passed the leadership baton to Chuck Robbins on July 27, so ended his tenure as iconic CEO and head of one of the most successful companies of the last 20 years.

A lot has been written about Cisco in that period, but very little penned discussing Chambers, the person, and how he transformed Cisco from a single-product company with barely a billion in revenue to the dominant IT solutions provider it is today.

In this era of digitization, multimedia and cloud, the network
needs to evolve from connectivity to business continuity.

The topic of network evolution is certainly hot right now. It’s something the networking industry has been discussing for the better part of two decades. In the past, however, when it came to the network IT leaders had an “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” attitude. Even though the network didn’t run optimally, it wasn’t really hurting the business, so it stayed as it was.

But today in this era of cloud services, mobility and converged networks, traditional networks are no longer adequate. The network architecture currently in place is static in nature and highly under utilized. ZK Research estimates that traditional networks have an average utilization rate of 25 to 35%. What’s worse is that it’s actually hurting the performance of real-time, cloud and bandwidth intensive applications. If IT is ever to achieve the level of agility and dynamism required to enable businesses to become digital organizations, the network must now evolve.

As we reach the end of the John Chambers era at Cisco, here’s a look
back at some of the most memorable “Chambers-isms” over the years.

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After all the pomp and circumstance, July 25th is almost here, officially marking the end of John Chambers’ 20-year run as CEO of Cisco. Over the years I’ve had the good fortune of meeting Chambers several times as well as hearing countless keynotes. Below are my most memorable Chambers quotes, or “Chambers-isms.”

One industry that is capitalizing greatly
from the Internet of Things is hospitality.

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There’s no question that the Internet of Things can make an enterprise more efficient. The harmonizing of sensors, devices, and data harmonized into one system gives rise to context-aware computation and enables the environment to respond instantly to change, be it in temperature, light, movement or other factors. This not only brings numerous new opportunities, but also significant cost savings, music to the ears of today’s business leaders.

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