Yesterday was a busy day for networking giant Cisco, which announced the launch of stealth startup company Insieme Networks--and promptly bought it for $863 million.
17/10/2013 - The remote worker debate: Home is where the heart is
The tech media has been quick this week to jump on reports that HP is calling remote-based workers back to the office. It follows similar action by Yahoo earlier this year. But there are plenty of reasons to allow--even promote--a remote workforce.
In the midst of reports that some leading technology companies are reining in their remote workers, networking giant Cisco reaffirmed its policy last week that remote workers are a valued and critical part of its workforce.
16/10/2013 - Data centers will be engulfed by clouds by 2017
Data center cloud traffic is on track to more than triple over the next four years, according to networking giant Cisco.
While Cisco has been in the contact center business for a few years now, the company has seen tremendous growth in this market in the past year, according to John Hernandez, vice president and general manager of Cisco Collaboration Business Applications.
19/08/2013 - Cisco cuts 4K jobs on top of strong earnings
Networking giant Cisco has analysts collectively scratching their heads following last Thursday's earnings report, in which the company cited strong quarterly earnings and then announced the elimination of 5 percent of its workforce--or, 4,000 jobs.
Polycom's RealPresence Access Director (RPAD) session border controller recently passed a 35-point security evaluation conducted by ICSA Labs, a third-party testing lab owned by Verizon.
28/06/2013 - IBM, HP, Dell battle for second spot behind Cisco in network equipment market, says Infonetics
IBM, HP and Dell are battling to take second place in the enterprise network equipment market behind leader Cisco, according to a survey of 210 enterprises in North America conducted by Infonetics Research.
The global data center market is forecast by TechNavio to increase at a 10.7 percent compound annual growth rate through 2016.
Worldwide revenue for enterprise videoconferencing and telepresence equipment and software declined 3.5 percent year-over-year and 20 percent sequentially to $661 million in the first quarter, according to the latest stats from Infonetics Research.
13/06/2013 - Gartner: Close to one-third of enterprises will deploy next-generation firewalls by 2017
Around 30 percent of enterprises will deploy next-generation firewalls by 2017, predicted Greg Young, research vice president for information security technology and services at Gartner.
08/06/2013 - Enterprise collaboration software market to reach 'tipping point,' predicts Strategy Analytics
The enterprise collaboration software and services market will reach a "tipping point" in two years as cloud-based collaboration software-as-a-service (SaaS) revenue surpasses on-premise software revenue, predicts research firm Strategy Analytics.
Cisco, Intel's McAfee, Blue Coast Systems, Websense and Zscaler are leaders in the $1.2 billion secure Web gateways market, according to Gartner's most recent Magic Quadrant for Secure Web Gateways report.
Cisco, Polycom and Logitech's LifeSize are leading the telemedicine movement by providing videoconferencing capabilities to healthcare organizations, according to research firm TechNavio.
Cisco and Polycom posted double-digit declines in enterprise videoconferencing and telepresence equipment revenues in the first quarter of 2013, according to the latest stats from IDC.
29/05/2013 - Enterprises hanging up on telephony, says Infonetics
The enterprise telephony market took a nosedive in the first quarter, dropping 10 percent year-over-year to $1.8 billion, according to the latest stats from Infonetics Research.
High-tech behemoth Cisco has turned to startup Skyhigh Networks to tackle the problem of employees and business units using cloud services without IT's knowledge, a phenomenon known as shadow IT.
A full 82 percent of business leaders surveyed by Forbes Insights said cloud-based collaboration tools help businesses execute faster by shortening time to market, quickening product upgrade cycles and enabling faster responses to competitive challenges.
Cisco, the networking and IT giant, posted a healthy 14.5 percent increase in net income for the first quarter of 2013.
LAS VEGAS–Juniper Networks this week unveiled its JunosV Contrail Controller, an open standards-based controller for software defined networking (SDN), as part of its JunosV Contrail family of products.
02/05/2013 - Riverbed is sole leader in Gartner Magic Quadrant for WAN optimization controller report
Riverbed Technology (Nasdaq: RVBD) is the only firm designated as a leader and Cisco (Nasdaq: CSCO) the only challenger in Gartner's latest Magic Quadrant for wide area network (WAN) optimization controllers report.
A WAN optimization controller is "customer premises equipment (appliance or virtual appliance) that is typically connected to the LAN [local area network] side of WAN routers, or it is software integrated with client devices, such as servers or routers," Gartner explained in the report.
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Enterprises usually deploy WAN optimization controllers in data centers and remote locations in order to improve the performance of business applications over WAN connections caused by bandwidth constraints and latency or protocol limitations, Gartner said.
The controllers improve app performance by prioritizing critical traffic through quality of service policing and traffic shaping, minimizing latency through protocol- and application-specific optimization and compressing and caching WAN traffic.
The crowded visionaries quadrant includes Aryaka, Blue Coat Systems, Citrix Systems (Nasdaq: CTXS), Exinda, Ipanema Technologies, Silver Peak and Virtela. Niche players are Array Networks-Certeon, Circadence, FatPipe Networks, F5 Networks (Nasdaq: FFIV) and Sangfor.
Gartner said it named Riverbed as a market leader because the firm "offers the broadest set of capabilities in the industry, including features for large branch networks, data center replication and storage networking protocols, and single remote users, combined with unmatched ease of installation and management and best-in-class presales and post-sales support."
By contrast, Cisco has a broad portfolio of WAN optimization controllers but "feature delivery often lags the competition," Gartner judged.
Commenting on the report, Exinda, one of the market visionaries, said the firm targets mid-market enterprises with its WAN optimization products. It said it is the only vendor to offer WAN optimization, network control and application monitoring in a single suite.
Exinda recently conducted a survey with the Aberdeen Group which found that 60 percent of enterprises cannot control recreational traffic over their network or segment traffic based on application type. This means that non-critical applications are getting the same priority as critical applications, a problem WAN optimization controllers are designed to address.
The enterprise market for Ethernet switches is predicted to plateau and decline by 2017 as enterprises turn more toward wireless local area network (WLAN) technologies, according to a new report by the Dell'Oro Group.
At the same time, demand for Ethernet switches for the data center is on the rise. "Data center consolidation projects and an increase in Cloud services are causing the data center segment to significantly outperform the overall Ethernet switch market. This trend is causing vendors focused in the data center to gain overall market share compared to those focused in other segments," stated Alan Weckel, vice president at Dell'Oro Group.
"At the same time, the increase in mobile devices is causing many enterprises and SMBs [small and medium-size businesses] to invest more heavily in WLAN… The divergence in market segment performance will have more impact on vendor share and vendor product offerings over the next several years than we have experienced in the past decade," Weckel added.
Dell'Oro's predictions could cause heartburn for Ethernet switch vendors. Cisco (Nasdaq: CSCO) is the leading Ethernet switch vendor, followed by HP (Nasdaq: HPQ), Alcatel Lucent (NYSE: ALU), Huawei and Juniper Networks (Nasdaq: JNPR), according to the latest IDC stats.
Rohit Mehra, vice president of network infrastructure at IDC, agreed that enterprises are focusing more on wireless infrastructure, but said he expects demand for Ethernet switches and other wired infrastructure to hold its own.
"While enterprise mobility is no doubt the focus for IT and network managers, the underlying wired infrastructure is also continuing to get mindshare in the context of a holistic approach to the network in delivering applications to end-users," Mehra observed.
Petr Jirovsky, senior research analyst in IDC's Networking Trackers Group, predicted that the proliferation of video traffic as well as the need to support all types of devices at the network edge will "keep the enterprise networking market relevant over the longer term."
25/04/2013 - SIP trunking is 'connectivity choice' for enterprises upgrading systems, says Infonetics analyst
SIP trunking has become the "connectivity choice" for enterprises upgrading their communications systems to IP PBX and unified communications (UC), observed Diane Myers, principal analyst for VoIP, UC and IMS at Infonetics Research.
Myers is predicting that SIP trunking will be the fastest growing business VoIP segment through 2017. The combined business and residential VoIP services market is forecast by Infonetics to reach $82.7 billion in that year.
In 2012, SIP trunks increased 83 percent year-over-year as multi-site businesses adopted SIP trunking to reduce costs and improve flexibility, according to Infonetics. Myers noted that in North America, SIP trunks are at less than a 15 percent penetration rate, so the market segment has plenty of room to grow.
In addition, cloud-based VoIP and UC service revenue grew 17 percent year-over-year in 2012. This compares with an overall VoIP services market growth of 9 percent year-over-year, according to Infonetics.
In an emailed response to questions, Myers explained that the advantages of cloud-based VoIP and UC services are predictable monthly expenses and no large upfront capital costs, management and upgrades provided by third parties and the ability to add or remove services and users as needed.
The growth of cloud-based UC was underscored this week by Orange Business Services' announcement that it is offering the first unified-communications-as-a-service (UCaaS) to large enterprises on a global scale. The Business Together as a Service offering will provide enterprises with cloud-based VoIP; unified messaging; instant messaging with presence; audio, Web and video conferencing; and mobile access.
Until recently, large enterprises have been reluctant to deploy UCaaS because of concerns about quality, reliability and scalability. But apparently 3M is willing to give UCaaS a try. It signed up to be the first large enterprise customer to deploy Orange's Business Together as a Service among its 20,000 employees at 75 sites across 25 countries. Around 16,000 seats will be rolled out at 3M sites by the end of 2014, and the remaining seats over the following three years.