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Cisco starts 2016 with a spring in its step, pours cash into Springpath

Cisco sources tell us the company has invested in hyper-converged infrastructure software startup Springpath and is preparing an OEM deal. It is now in a position to acquire Springpath if it wishes to do so. There were rumours and speculation, as reported on The Register, that something was happening between Springpath and …
Chris Mellor, 05 Jan 2016

International Trade Commission pens patent love letter to Cisco

The International Trade Commission has handed Cisco another gun to fire at antagonist Arista, finding that the latter violated three Cisco software patents. The patents in question cover router management (US 7,162,537), and private VLANs (US 6,741,592 and 7,200,145). Since Cisco reckons Arista's in violation of twelve …
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Arista slaps Cisco with countersuit in network hardware row

Arista Networks has countersued Cisco, accusing the network giant of unfair competition practices. On Monday, Arista submitted paperwork with the US Northern California District Court alleging that Cisco unfairly stifles competition by wielding copyright claims against rivals and coercing customers to only use Cisco hardware …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Jan 2016

Cisco borgs IoT outfit Jasper Tech for US$1.4 billion

Internet of Things service platform outfit Jasper Technologies has fallen into the maw of Cisco for US$1.4 billion. Twelve-year-old Jasper started life as a machine-to-machine wireless comms specialist (Jasper Wireless) before changing its name in 2014. According to Cisco's blog post about the acquisition, Jasper has 3,500- …
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Cisco swallows security firm Lancope for $452m

Cisco has announced its intention to acquire netsec firm Lancope for more than $452m in cash. The company aims to supplement its security offerings with those of Lancope's StealthWatch suite, which protects networks with live monitoring and behaviour analytics of network data flows. Cisco is doubling down on its netsec …
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Cisco recalls switches that could short power to the case. And hurt you

Cisco is recalling a bunch of industrial Ethernet switches because it discovered the power source wiring could potentially short to the case. The IE 5000 is the company's series of ruggedised Ethernet switches, and the recall affects both version in the series, the IE-5000-12S12P-10G (1Gbps / 10Gbps, 28 ports) and the IE-5000- …

Cisco's purple princesses gush workplace joy

The faceless drones among you whose workplace misery is compounded by the need to adhere to a strict dress code are invited to gaze with envy upon this blog post revealing that Cisco is - in contrast to its reputation as "a boring, stodgy company" - actually a hotbed of individuality, personal freedom and radical hair colour. …
Lester Haines, 05 Feb 2016
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Cisco forgot its own passwords for seven weeks

Someone's palm is digging a hole into their face at Cisco, which has just admitted it shipped a bunch of servers with the wrong default password. “A number of C-Series servers have shipped to customers with a non-standard default password which prevents access to the Cisco Integrated Management Controller (CIMC) unless the …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Jan 2016
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Cisco borgs UK infosec bods

Cisco Systems is buying Portcullis Computer Security, a UK-based firm specialising in consulting to enterprise and government clients. Both firms are staying tight-lipped about the value of the deal which is expected to complete early in 2016. When that happens Portcullis employees will become part of the Cisco Security …
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Cisco slurps Acano for $700m

Cisco is to hoover up London-based video conferencing and collaboration tech outfit Acano for $700m. The Uxbridge-based organisation, whose software bridges the gap between the physical and the cloud-based worlds, was founded in 2012 by former Cisco and Tandberg staffers. It has offices in the UK, US and Australia. The …
Paul Kunert, 23 Nov 2015
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Daisy Group joins Cisco ranks of Gold tier services slingers

Daisy Group is positively dripping in Cisco’s top level Gold accreditation, a move we predicted some months back. The highly acquisitive tech and comms outfit made Phoenix IT Group its latest conquest earlier in the summer and behind the scenes set up talks with Cisco to get the Gold authorisation. For those with short …
Paul Kunert, 28 Sep 2015

Cisco gobbles OpenDNS, sorts out cloud security portfolio

Cisco will buy privately held net security firm OpenDNS for $635m in cash, to make good its cloud security portfolio and boost the networking giant's "security everywhere" approach. Announcing the deal today, the leviathan is offering the bundle of cash alongside assumed equity awards, plus retention based incentives for …
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Ericsson and Cisco ink deal for networks of the future

Cisco and Ericsson have formalised a decade-long, strategic partnership to allow the two firms to work together on cloud, 5G, IP and the Internet of Things tech. The outfits claimed today that the courtship could help each firm ring up $1bn in sales by 2018. Financial terms of the multiple agreements signed by the two parties …
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Nov 2015
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Cisco Australia bumps prices by 12.83 per cent, for second time this year

Cisco Australia is raising its prices by 12.83 per cent, making this the second such rise for the year after a March price increase of 12 per cent. The Register has seen emails from local resellers advising users to buy Cisco kit sooner rather than later, or pay more as of November 9th. Cisco Australia's confirmed the price …
Simon Sharwood, 05 Oct 2015
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Cisco to acquire ParStream for IoT data-sifting

Cisco-backed database and analytics newcomer ParStream is being re-assimilated, with the Borg announcing it's going to buy the "big data analytics" company (as it describes itself). The Borg has signalled its interest in sifting Internet of Things data for quite some time, and since ParStream grew out of Cisco's "Entrepreneurs …

Cisco network kit warning: Watch out for malware in the firmware

Cisco has warned users to watch out who's got admin access to kit, because it's seen malicious ROM images in the wild. The problem is that this isn't something the Borg can just issue a patch for. Admins – with appropriate credentials, naturally – need to be able to drop new ROM images on their kit as a matter of course. "The …
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Cisco decides that to save the cloud, it must hunt it with prejudice

Cisco has launched a software-as-a-service-based attack on shadow IT. To understand it, indulge me by learning that one of the first big launches your correspondent covered was that of Computer Associates Unicenter TNG Framework, a slimmed-down version of the enterprise management tool that – if memory serves – included a …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Jan 2016
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Apple muscles in on biz world AGAIN – this time with Cisco pact

Apple has inked a deal with networking giant Cisco, as Cupertino beefs up its efforts to pull in more business customers. Financial details of the agreement were kept secret. But the motivation was clear: to make iOS devices work more smoothly on networks that use Cisco kit. Apple said it planned to integrate its iThings with …
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Sep 2015
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Cisco sees APAC turnaround, but enterprise and router sales slide

Cisco has turned in Q1 revenue and income well ahead of the same-time last year numbers, but has given traders a chill with less-bullish guidance for the future. The first quarter 2016 revenue, at US$12.7 billion, was only 3.6 per cent better than Q1 2015, but slimming down its costs meant the Borg reported net income of $2.4 …
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Cisco reforms its security disclosure process

Cisco has reformed the way it discloses vulnerabilities in its products. The company's adopted a new and – it says – “enhanced and simplified” view of vulnerabilities in its products, cooked up its own Security Impact Rating (SIR) scores to let you know just how deep you're in it when a vuln appears, adopted the CVE system and …
Simon Sharwood, 06 Oct 2015
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HP overtakes Cisco in cloud infrastructure revenues

HP sells more cloud infrastructure equipment than anyone else, including Cisco, which was shunted into second place for the first time in Q2, 2015. Cisco is unlikely to be too dismayed, as both companies are recording "stellar growth in the burgeoning market", running at some $16bn a quarter and growing 25 per cent year on …
Drew Cullen, 10 Sep 2015
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Cisco is ready to axe workers at its Ubiquisys small cell unit

Cisco is brandishing its axe at the UK-based mobe mast maker it acquired for hundreds of millions of dollars a few years ago after the unit reportedly lost its way in the sprawling mothership, sources tell The Channel. The small cell producer, formerly branded Ubiquisys, was consumed by the networking giant in April ’13 for $ …
Paul Kunert, 15 Jul 2015

Piston to power Cisco Intercloud

Cisco is either dipping another tentative toe in the open cloud business, or about to Borg a potential competitor, announcing that it wants to buy cloud operating system company Piston Cloud Technologies. Piston's OpenStack expertise will now be wrapped into the warm embrace of Cisco's Cloud Services operation, the group charged …
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Enterprise network spend hits the brakes – and Cisco's OK with that

The financial market turmoil that's characterized 2016 has led Cisco to set modest expectations for the coming three months. Having said that, the networking giant is pleased with its performance in Q2 of its fiscal 2016, aka the quarter to January 23. Its US$11.8bn second quarter revenue (normalized to exclude the cable …
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All Cisco certs add cloud, IoT, 'business transformation'

Cisco has announced a major refresh of its certification programs, all of which will henceforth include material on cloud, the internet of things, cloud, “network programmability” and “business transformation”. Cloud and IoT are self-explanatory while “network programmability” is software-defined networking by another name. …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Nov 2015
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Aribba Aruba, screams HP exec, 'now we'll scalp Cisco'

Aruba execs have floated to the top of HP’s UK networking management stack, and to stay there or rise further in the wider group they’ll have to give undisputed sector daddy Cisco a bloody nose. The wireless networking firm that cost HP $3.5bn to buy was integrated recently, with Aruba old timer Bob Vickers and Andy Clark …
Paul Kunert, 27 Oct 2015
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Data breach at biz that manages Cisco, F5 certs plus many others

Technology certification management provider Pearson VUE has copped to a computer security breach after malware compromised its Credential Manager System. The Pearson Credential Manager (PCM) system supports a number of companies' certification tracking programmes, including network hardware outfits Cisco and F5. Pearson VUE …
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Cisco slings simoleons at software-defined networking biz 6Wind

As the John Chambers and Chuck Robbins worldwide roadshow grinds on, Cisco has dipped another tentative toe in the dangerous waters of bare metal switching, with an investment in Parisian software vendor 6Wind. 6Wind's key offering, the 6WINDGate packet processing software, is pitched at the bare metal market. The company name …

Cisco: Businesses are losing the ground war against hackers

Only half (54 per cent) of businesses are confident in their ability to verify and defend against an attack, according to a study by networking giant Cisco. Cisco's latest Annual Security Report concluded that this lack of confidence is mostly down to hackers becoming more nimble, resilient and persistent while businesses are …
John Leyden, 19 Jan 2016
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Make room, Cisco's punters flocking to ACI ... yep, all 150 of them

Canalys Channels Forum One hundred and fifty customers across the globe have taken a seat on Cisco's Application-Centric Infrastructure bandwagon that started rolling 15 months ago, we can reveal. ACI – Cisco's answer to software-defined networking – is a programmable Ethernet Fabric that couples software and hardware. The product was initially …
Paul Kunert, 28 Oct 2015
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Former Cisco money chief cash-lands at Red Hat

Cisco’s departed financial chief Frank Calderoni has landed as CFO and operations chief at Linux distro kingpin Red Hat. Calderoni was the network giant’s CFO for seven years and managed the company through growth, acquisitions, layoffs and restructuring. He replaces Red Hat’s CFO Charlie Peters, who is retiring. During his …
Gavin Clarke, 23 Jun 2015
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Cisco account managers' sales bonuses slashed

Cisco has instituted a cap on the commissions it pays to sales staff, The Register has learned. A Cisco staffer tells us that some account managers could lose as much as 25 per cent of their compensation, due to an edict sent out last week. The new is retroactive, meaning the company will attempt to recover some commissions it …
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More mobile misery at Cisco: Intucell set for cuts?

A week after Channel Register heard of Cisco's woes in the small cell business, reports are emerging that another recent acquisition is also troubled. On the back of last week's report that half the staff of Ubiquisys's Swindon operation might be de-assimilated, Lightreading reckoned there were now nervous flutters in The Borg …

Cisco buys back alumni: wants to acquire Embrane

The Borg has followed up on its 2014 $US14 million investment in virtualisation business Embrane by announcing it intends to buy the business. In an announcement that partner-competitors like Citrix and VMWare will probably wish was an April Fool's release, Cisco said the acquisition will give it a team that lets it “move more …
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Juniper pals up with Ruckus Wireless, targets Cisco (again)

Juniper Networks is moving to fill out footprint in enterprise wireless access, signing a deal to integrate kit from Ruckus Wireless into its Ethernet switch range. The gin palace has long longed to compete with Cisco in the wireless market. It first tagged the segment as important back in 2003, while more recently dropped US$ …

Cisco takes Security Everywhere™ to throw blanket over shadow IT

Cisco wants you to know it has Security Everywhere™, but that it doesn't mean it is Gossamer Thin. Rather, the messaging from the Borg is that its newly-boosted security suites cover just about everything that needs to be securable. That it says includes the things you don't know you even own, or to use advertising lingo, …
Darren Pauli, 04 Nov 2015

Cisco kicks off Robbins' reign by beating the street

Cisco's new CEO Chuck Robbins has had the pleasure of reporting ahead-of-expectation results for Q4 of 2014/15. In the quarter that saw Robbins take over the big office from the seemingly-eternal John Chambers, Cisco reported year-on-year growth for the quarter of 3.9 per cent (US$12.8 billion). Full-year 2015 revenue was …
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Cisco exits set-top box biz, sheds US$1.8bn of revenue

Cisco's Connected Devices Division, a purveyor of set top boxen for service providers, is off to Europe having been acquired for €550 million / US$600 million by Technicolor. The French company, formerly Thomson (as most of its customer premises equipment/set-top boxes are branded), will take on the division first created by …
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Cisco, Ericsson prefer shacking up to sloow marriage process

Cisco and Ericsson decided on their sweeping new partnership because other transactions would have slowed down a joint approach to market, the companies' CEOs said today on a call explaining the co-opetition pact announced earlier today. Ericsson CEO Hans Vesterberg described the deal as a “partnership of choice”. A joint …
Simon Sharwood, 09 Nov 2015

Cisco: The day of PCs is passing, cloud storage will dominate by 2019

Those fumbling with PCs may want to think about updating their skills portfolio, according to a new Cisco forecast that predicts the majority of data will no longer be stored on client devices by 2019. The rise of cloud traffic will be stopped by neither the collapse of Safe Harbor nor the election of CISA, suggested Cisco's …
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Cisco needs to get off its backside if it's to remain storage king in 2016

As unbelievable as it may sound, Cisco could be the most decisive vendor next year when it comes to the storage market. Every year I tell myself I won’t fall into the “fortune telling” trap again… but then I can’t refrain and I eventually write something about what I think we will be seeing in the near future anyway. The …

Fake Cisco box pushers cuffed by Intellectual Property Police

A London-based criminal outfit suspected of flogging $10m (£6.6m) in counterfeit Cisco networking gear to the US has been arrested by the City of London Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU). Three men aged 38, 36 and 35, were arrested last week by City police on suspicion of running the counterfeit business. An …
Kat Hall, 07 May 2015
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Gold to bind Phoenix IT, Daisy, Cisco

Phoenix IT is likely to rekindle its partnership with Cisco when the Daisy Group completes the acquisition of the services provider, as expected in the not-too-distant future. In late 2013, El Chan revealed Phoenix was among 1,000 companies across EMEA told by Cisco that their right to sell its kit was to be removed because they …
Paul Kunert, 29 May 2015

Apple and Cisco begin to map their corporate desires, apps and all

Canalys Channels Forum Apple and Cisco’s developing corporate love-in – designed to prise open enterprise customers’ wallets as the fruity firm labours to push more of its iStuff into offices – is becoming clearer, as engineers at both companies have locked arms and channel mapping is happening. Milo Schacher, Cisco veep for the EMEA and Russia …
Paul Kunert, 29 Oct 2015
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The green salamander is OUT: Cisco gives up on Invicta flash arrays

That’s that then: it was a $415m mistake. We have heard from several sources that Cisco has laid off virtually the entire Invicta all-flash array engineering and development team. If true, Cisco – still led by John Chambers – has admitted the 2013 Whiptail acquisition was a complete cock-up. Timing-wise, this has happened at …
Chris Mellor, 23 Jul 2015
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Cisco wraps Hadoop in warm embrace of resale partnership

Cisco wants to keep it in the family: since the Internet of Things is going to be a source of lots of data, it's signed reseller agreements with Cloudera, Hortonworks and MapR. The agreement will give customers a single source of IoT comms integrated with the data analytics it reckons enterprises will need, both to make sense of …

Cisco tipped to buy 'dominant' STORAGE BADBOY Nutanix

+Comment Jared Rinderer, a senior research analyst at Equity Capital Research Group, has claimed Cisco is about to buy converged infrastructure enfant terrible Nutanix. Rinderer reckons Nutanix is the dominant player in the industry, so is therefore the most likely acquisition for Cisco as it looks to make sure the EMC Federation doesn't …
Simon Sharwood, 18 May 2015
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Cisco predicts Rise Of The Machines in new networking index

The Internet of Junk Things isn't going to overwhelm the Internet's capacity any time soon, according to Cisco's rolling Visual Networking Index (VNI) report. What the IoT will do, if Cisco's got its numbers right, is account for the bulk of new connections to the Internet in the next five years, suggesting that The Borg doesn't …

Merry Xmas, Neohapsis, here's your Cisco-dollars

Cisco is beefing up its security intelligence-gathering, snapping up privately-held advisory Neohapsis for an undisclosed sum. Neohapsis is a Chicago-based security advisory and bug archivist outfit, and will boost Cisco's risk management, compliance, cloud, application, mobile and infrastructure security offerings, according to …

Compromised Cisco routers spotted bimbling about in the wild

More than a dozen compromised router infections have been found in the wild, all targeting Cisco kit as part of sophisticated attempts to hack into corporate and government networks. Once considered only a theoretical risk, the finding of malware-infected routers by FireEye/Mandiant shows that the threat is all too real. A …
John Leyden, 15 Sep 2015

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Enterprises want them, but they're still a pain in the ASCII
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A VC with startup agenda slams established suppliers. Surprised? Neither were we
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