Stories by Phil Hochmuth and Jim Duffy

Cisco watchers warn of hard times in networking market

Reports from two stock analysts this week point to a possible slowdown in Cisco's core enterprise business, and pressure for Cisco to meet service provider sales goals -- trends which could reflect harder times overall in the IT and networking markets.

Cisco to revamp IOS software

Cisco Systems Inc. will release a new version of its core IOS operating system in the coming months that is more modular, flexible and secure, company executives said last week.

Analysis: Cisco learning to roll with the punches

Seems like it was just yesterday that Cisco Systems CEO John Chambers was touting 20 percent to 30 percent annual growth for his company. But the days of such eternal optimism and bravado are long gone - five years, 66 acquisitions and a US$400 billion swing in market value gains and losses will change your perspective.