Stories by Jim Duffy

Cisco, Microsoft part of optics consortium directing data center standards

A group of big name vendors including Cisco, Microsoft, Dell, Intel, Broadcom, Juniper and Arista Networks this week created a consortium to address switch faceplate bandwidth density and airflow constraints caused by increasing networking speeds.

Cisco replaces UCS server head; software leaders also depart

Cisco Systems has replaced its top computing executive.

Does Juniper have too many SDNs?

After last week's Innovation Day announcements, Juniper Networks has a range of SDN, data center fabric and data center switching products to choose from.

Juniper rewires the data center

Juniper Networks this week rolled out new data center switches to help customers address opportunities and challenges presented by cloud computing.

Docker buys SDN start-up for container networking

Linux container company Docker this week said it would acquire SDN start-up SocketPlane, a developer of a native networking stack for Docker software.

Brocade acquires mobile SDN company

Brocade has announced plans to acquire Connectem, a privately-held company whose virtualization software maps mobile workloads to clouds.

Will network disaggregation play in the enterprise?

Disaggregation seems to be all the rage in networking these days.

Avaya extends SDN offerings

Avaya this week extended its SDN arsenal with an architecture and supporting products designed to simplify enterprise connectivity and application provisioning.

HP latest to unbundle switch hardware, software

HP has joined the disaggregation party through two partnerships that will produce a branded white box switch capable of running multiple network operating systems.

How network admins can survive SDN

With the advent of SDN, there's been a lot of speculation about the future of the network administrator.

Brocade acquires Riverbed ADC to bolster virtual delivery services

Brocade this week said it will acquire Riverbed Technology's SteelApp product line in an all-cash asset transaction. Terms were not disclosed.

Cisco offers ACI alternative for Nexus 9000 switches

Cisco is adding a new control plane capability to its Nexus 9000 switches for customers not yet opting for or needing a full-blown application policy infrastructure.

Big Switch updates SDN controller options

Big Switch Networks this week rolled out a new release of its cloud fabric software, which includes support for VMware vSphere environments and Dell switches, among other features.

Cisco's evolving software, Cloud strategy will hinge on hardware

The software and expanded Cloud strategy Cisco is announcing this week is an attempt to leverage the company's installed hardware base while addressing the software centrism sweeping the industry.

Datacentre, Cloud, SDN driving Ethernet switch market to $US25bn

The Layer 2-3 Ethernet switch market is expected to exceed $US25 billion in 2019, a compounded annual growth of over 2 per cent from 2014, according to Dell'Oro Group.