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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 OpenDNS …
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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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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 …
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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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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 …
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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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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 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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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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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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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

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

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 …
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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 …
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Nutanix CEO nixes Cisco buy rumours, swears allegiance to Michael Dell

Nutanix CEO Dheeraj Pandey has nixed rumours of Cisco buying his co-founded hyper-converged server/storage/networking startup. The rumours were started by senior research analyst Jared Rinderer of Equity Capital Research Group. Pandey says Rinderer's analysis is off the mark. Pandey, who has consistently said he wants to take …
Chris Mellor, 19 May 2015
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Cisco CEO: Let's toss more execs on the employment bonfire

Another bunch of old timers are being swept out of Cisco by incoming CEO Chuck Robbins as he names his new look exec team - which isn’t really that new at all. The current veep of worldwide sales is saying bye to chief globalisation officer Wim Elfrink, chief strategy and tech officer Padmasree Warrior, and Edzard Overbeek, the …
Paul Kunert, 05 Jun 2015

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 …
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Cisco spraying $1bn over the UK, hipsters set for well-earned cash injection

Cisco has promised to splurge $1bn (£645m) in the UK over the next five years, investing in 'internet of everything start-ups' as well as promising to buy some real companies, too. The company claims the investment will support the next phase of Blighty's "digitisation" plans. It follows a 2011 commitment to splash $500m (£ …
Kat Hall, 09 Jul 2015
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Cisco simplifies software licences, by selling them under THREE programs

Cisco reckons it's unravelled the secret to the popularity of open source networking software projects: licence management in the world of proprietary kit is a pain in the neck. To deal with that, The Borg has decided to try out a revised licensing model on the world, under the banner Cisco ONE. Cisco's picked off a couple of …
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Time to buy a new hat, cloud bods: Microsoft, Cisco stroll down the aisle again

Like Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, except dressed as 900-pound gorillas, Cisco and Microsoft have tied the knot again to expand their cloud partnership. Faced with the question “how can we get more clouds to run exactly the same infrastructure?”, the two have riveted OS platforms with network and computing platforms to …

Cisco patches three-year-old remote code-execution hole

A three-year-old dangerous remote code execution hole affecting Cisco kit has been patched. Researcher Glafkos Charalambous discovered the Telnet vulnerability (CVE-2011-4862), which was first reported by the FreeBSD Project in 2011. It was left unpatched up prior to 15 October this year in Cisco appliances. The International …
Darren Pauli, 24 Oct 2014
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Cisco tears off gloves, throws copyright and patent punches at Arista

Cisco has filed suit against rival Arista Networks, accusing it of ripping off Cisco's intellectual property. The networking goliath said it will lodge patent and copyright infringement claims against Arista, arguing the upstart has based its business on ideas and technologies copied from Cisco. The claim includes allegations …
Shaun Nichols, 06 Dec 2014
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Cisco CEO John Chambers' parting gift: a better-than-expected Q3

Outgoing Cisco boss John Chambers is smiling after delivering an April quarter that's 5.1 per cent up over the April 2014 quarter in turnover and 11.7 per cent up in profit. The result would have been even better, but for ongoing weakness in the service provider market (down 7 per cent). The enterprise, public sector and …

Cisco: Nice things you got there. Shame if anything should happen to them

If you doubted that the Internet of Things is a security problem, doubt no more, since Cisco kicked off its Cisco Live! US with John Chambers talking up the Borg's IoT security capabilities. There are announcements a-plenty, so The Register's networking desk is quite happy for Cisco's PR team to do its own talking. Instead, in …
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Veeam lobs backup bombs, with Cisco lighting the fuse

Veeam's making waves again, with two new initiatives sure to get backup software rivals – and tin-makers – a little riled. Software rivals have to figure out how to contend with the new free endpoint backup tool the company flagged last October and released today. The tool's pitched at anyone who wants to back up a Windows PC, …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Apr 2015

Cisco: Think we're a lawsuit-hurling villain? 'Complete garbage'

Anyone that paints Cisco as a sueball-slinging bully boy that flexes its legal eagles to stem rivals' innovation is talking “complete garbage”, or so says its president of development and sales. The denial comes after Cisco last week filed several lawsuits in the US to "stop" Arista's "repeated and pervasive copying of key …
Paul Kunert, 12 Dec 2014
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Cisco ends Q1 an inch ahead of guidance

Cisco has farewelled its chief financial officer after announcing results that showed a still-beating heart somewhere in the giant switch market. Net income for the Borg's first quarter was reported at US$1.8 billion, on revenue of $12.2 billion, about US$40 million ahead of Wall Street's expectations. The company also announced …

Cisco's Chambers: white box is dead and WE KILLED IT

Cisco's now-outgoing CEO John Chambers has reiterated his belief that the Borg has already beaten off the white-box market. In an interview with CNBC – transcript here (with editing suggesting voice recognition rather than human transcription) – Chambers says that extending the company's lock-in strategy across platforms and …
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Cisco denies plans to pull its cash out of VCE

Cisco has denied it will stop investing in VCE – the converged systems company financed by itself, EMC, and EMC sub VMware – following a report that appeared across the pond, citing unnamed sources. “Cisco is not pulling out of VCE,” the company’s senior PR manager, Gareth Pettigrew, said. “VCE customers and partners can be …
Chris Mellor, 09 Oct 2014
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How to waste two years and lose $415m: Cisco's now-dead Whiptail deal

Exclusive + analysis Cisco has confirmed that the Invicta all-flash array line is no more, telling The Register: "As part of product lifecycle management, we withdraw technology from the marketplace when necessary to focus our efforts on what is critical for the future of our customers' business as well as our own." The networking goliath added: …
Chris Mellor, 24 Jul 2015
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Cisco to reveal UCS for small businesses

Cisco has quietly released details of a new version of its UCS servers and associated kit dubbed the UCS Mini”. Detailed by blogger Justin Paul and described in several Cisco documents, the new UCS also gets its very own version 3.0 of Cisco UCS manager. That package runs on a new piece of kit, the 6324 Fabric Interconnect, …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Jul 2014

Cisco UCS Invicta off the shelves, for now

Reports are emerging that Cisco is holding back its UCS Invicta storage products because of unspecified performance issues. The kit, for which the Borg laid out US$415 million in September 2013 in its acquisition of Whiptail before a January 2014 launch, put the company into direct competition with partners NetApp and EMC. That …
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Cisco to release flying pig – Snort 3.0

Cisco's going to release a flying pig. The porcine in question is Snort 3.0, a new version of Sourcefire's well-regarded intrusion protection system. Snort's mascot is a pig and Sourcefire has, over the years, had a lot of fun with toy pigs and calendars picturing its pig in provocative poses. That silliness is, happily, …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Dec 2014
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Don't you forget about VCE... Cisco gets cosy with Pure Storage

Comment Not content with partnering with IBM and its storage to sell its UCS servers, Cisco is now doing a Flexpod-style dance with EMC’s arch flash array enemy Pure Storage. These recent shocks to the VCE alliance between EMC and Cisco must surely have contributed to Cisco’s tactical withdrawal and EMC’s taking of VCE in-house. Joe …
Chris Mellor, 11 Dec 2014

Cisco and IBM team on 'VersaStack' integrated infrastructure bundle

Cisco and IBM will later today announce “VersaStack”, an integrated infrastructure reference design that blends Cisco's UCS servers and switches, plus IBM's Storwize 7000 storage arrays. The new rig looks an awful lot like other integrated stacks Cisco's helped to build, such as NetApp's FlexPods. The thinking behind VersaStack …
Simon Sharwood, 04 Dec 2014

Cisco greedily slurps up private cloud-AAS upstart Metacloud

Cisco is buying Metacloud, a startup that promises to spin-up OpenStack clouds both privately and as a service. Metacloud will be folded into Cisco’s Cloud Infrastructure and Managed Services unit, building Cisco’s InterCloud initiative – which the firm announced in March. Cisco chief executive John Chambers pledged he’d spend …
Gavin Clarke, 17 Sep 2014
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Cisco slurps security scanner

Cisco has continued the expansion of its security portfolio with the acquisition of malware analysis outfit ThreatGRID. The acquisition target was founded in 2012, one of the then-burgeoning number of companies that pushed malware analysis, threat intelligence, and security analytics into the cloud (supplemented by an on-premise …

Cisco's application-centric infrastructure arrives at last

Cisco has quit with the long talk and started the walk, announcing that its Application-Centric Infrastructure (ACI) is to ship as a full solution on July 31. The Borg's “here comes our software-defined networking (SDN) solution” Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC) can now be ordered with ACI enabled. Cisco …
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Cisco revenue dip means 6,000 staff to be de-assimilated

Facing rising competition, Cisco has announced another round of layoffs – 6,000 – in financial results that beat analyst expectations but were still flat. Presenting the company's latest quarter results, CEO John Chambers announced the latest round of layoffs, but was at least able to give a sliver of good news, with revenue …
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SimpliVity claims fivefold sales boost, hugs Cisco tightly

Sysadmin blog Things are looking up for hyperconverged vendor SimpliVity, which reported record growth in 2014 on the back of a number of strategic wins and a key partnership with Cisco. Simplivity is claiming a nearly 500 per cent increase in sales compared to 2013 and has now passed 400 employees worldwide, all of which makes me wonder what …
Trevor Pott, 20 Jan 2015
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Cisco hits the disco as unified comms, wireless sales are lookin' frisk, yo

Just watch that elephant dance: Cisco believes it's managed something Silicon Valley startups often die trying to do, “pivoting” the business to reverse a downward trend. CEO John Chambers sounded cat-swallowed-cream pleased during The Borg's Q2 2015 results call, and investors agreed, adding five per cent to the company's share …
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New VDI recipe: Pinch of Cisco, spoon of VMware, mix with X-IO arrays

X-IO, maker of the sealed ISE and HyperISE storage enclosures, has come up with a reference architecture for VDI using Cisco and VMware kit. The X-Pod for VDI template uses Cisco's UCS servers and networking hardware, VMware's Horizon View, and X-IO's own flash-disk ISE 740s. This validated design should support up to 1,500 …
Chris Mellor, 23 Sep 2014

VCE scales up, up and out of exclusive deal with Cisco

VCE, the EMC Federation's converged infrastructure company, in which Cisco is now a silent partner, has revealed new scale-out products and the first dilution of its “Cisco-will-always-provide-networking” plan. The scale-out products are also something of a departure for VCE, which has previously sold converged rigs that weren't …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Mar 2015
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BMC poaches 'Cloudy' Phil Harris, ex-Cisco CTO

BMC Software has dipped into Cisco for its new techie head, with the once-public systems management specialist nabbing Phil Harris as its chief technology officer. Harris has already updated his LinkedIn profile to announce the change, and replaces BMC veteran Kia Behnia, who’d been CTO since 2006 and was on sabbatical. Harris …
Gavin Clarke, 09 Jan 2015
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Cisco pitches small cells into BYOD-heavy enterprises

With the acquisition of UK small-cell outfit Ubiquisys completed last month, The Borg's next step is to line up the channel, and to that end, it's announced a partner program to help carriers convince companies they need indoor 3G/4G cells on their campuses. The Cisco Small Cell Enterprise Select program is designed to pitch a …
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Cisco climbs aboard containerisation cloudwagon, with security reservations

Cisco has climbed aboard the containerisation cloudwagon, hinting that it will make Docker and Linux containers a part of its emerging “Intercloud”. The Borg has slipped out a blog post in which it offers an unremarkable containers vs. virtual machines primer. But at the end is an interesting nugget, to wit: “Cisco Cloud …
Simon Sharwood, 02 Sep 2014
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Cisco posts kit to empty houses to dodge NSA chop shops

Cisco will ship boxes to vacant addresses in a bid to foil the NSA, security chief John Stewart says. The dead drop shipments help to foil a Snowden-revealed operation whereby the NSA would intercept networking kit and install backdoors before boxen reached customers. The interception campaign was revealed last May. Speaking …
Darren Pauli, 18 Mar 2015

Cisco kicks off security kit/software/cloud combo

Cisco has added threat management to its portfolio, announcing Managed Threat Defense which it says brings realtime security to its customers. Since “cloud everywhere” is the base assumption of practically every new launch, the Borg feels constrained to stipulate that Managed Threat Defense includes an “on-premise” solution, …

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