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Cisco acquires Cmpute.io to find low-cost cloud deals

Stop us if you've heard this one before, but Cisco's just made an acquisition. The Borg's latest prey is called Cmpute.io and runs a SaaS platform that lets users save money by figuring out when it makes sense to place workloads in AWS spot instances, Amazon's short-term server rental offering. The SaaS service can automate …

Oh, Nutanix, if you carry on like this you might actually creep into profit

Nutanix has had a quarter to shout about with 46 per cent annual revenue growth and a reducing loss trend hinting at a profitable fourth quarter. Its first fiscal 2018 quarter had revenues of $275.6m; they were $188.6m a year ago* and $226.2m in the preceding quarter. The GAAP net loss was $61.5m, which sounds bad but better …
Chris Mellor, 1 Dec 2017
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Who has 2,000 tickets to the gun show? Cisco's HCIA platform HyperFlex

+Comment After 18 months of selling, some 2,000 customers are travelling along the Cisco HCIA highway. HyperFlex is Cisco's hyperconverged infrastructure appliance (HCIA), marrying acquired Springpath's software with Cisco's UCS servers. Back in February, there were more than 1,000 customers. Seven months later, in September, Cisco …
Chris Mellor, 20 Nov 2017
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If you're big enough, Cisco will cook you a private software SKU

Vulture South last week spotted an oddity in this Cisco end of sale announcement for “Cisco Select UCS Server Accessories”. Way down the page are a couple of products bearing the name “Telstra” - that's Telstra as in Australia's dominant telco. The two products are called “Telstra Custom - 10 x (MapR-Conf-Hadoop, DB-AddOn, …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Nov 2017
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Hardware headwinds hurt Cisco as revenue dips two per cent in Q1

Cisco suffered a decline in revenue for Q1 2018, weighed down by ongoing weakness in its switch and router business. The company reported first quarter 2018 revenue of US$12.1 billion, which was two per cent down on the first quarter 2017. Total product revenue of $9.05 was down three per cent year-on-year, while services grew …
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Cisco's John Chambers: Robot farmers will feed bloated cricket thoraxes to our children

The outgoing executive chairman of Cisco, John Chambers, has made no secret about his desire to invest in drones in his life after the Borg. But now he has also revealed his passion for cricket farming. Speaking at the Techonomy conference for the last time before stepping down as chairman of Cisco next month, Chambers spoke …
Kat Hall, 7 Nov 2017
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Cisco borked its own BGP code in IOS XE, has since patched

Cisco's pushed a fix for a border gateway protocol (BGP) denial-of-service bug in its IOS XE operating system. Between a couple of releases of IOS, the company says it introduced a bug to its RFC 7432 implementation, which gives the system support for MPLS-based Ethernet VPNs. As a result, as Cisco's advisory explains, a …
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Trade ban case grinds on, but Arista-cats got the cream in Q3

Trying to duck patent sueballs slung by Cisco didn't stop Arista from claiming record revenue and profit for its most recent quarter. The company on Friday announced its Q3 2017 results, including 50.8 per cent revenue growth over Q3 2016 to US$437.6 million (beating its own forecast between $405 and $420 million). That …
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Cisco removes probe from place the SAN don't shine in new FC switch

Cisco's decided to save the world from all-flash arrays by giving it a new 32G Fabric Switch, an upgraded Nexus 93180 and data galore. Switchzilla's motive for the new products is the splendidly high I/O that flash arrays can already handle, and the even stronger torrents of data to come once NVMe and 3D Xpoint become …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Oct 2017

Missing out on a bunch of big-ass deals dented Commvault revenues

Analysis Commvault revenues grew in the last quarter – not enough to please Wall Street, but a reference architecture reselling deal with Cisco might mollify the wolves. Second-quarter revenues in Commvault's fiscal 2018 grew 5 per cent year-on-year, and 1 per cent sequentially to $168.1m. On its own that should have been enough, but …
Chris Mellor, 26 Oct 2017
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Cisco, Google, sitting in a tree, C-L-O-U-D-I-N-G

Cisco and Google have struck a partnership to stretch Kubernetes from on-prem to the cloud and back again. The partnership will see the Chocolate Factory's Kubernetes container orchestrator and Istio microservices manger integrated with Switchzilla's hyperconverged HyperFlex platform. Kubernetes has all-but become the de …

The big two-oh-oh: Cisco gobbles comms biz Broadsoft for $1.9bn

Cisco has snapped up its two-hundredth acquisition in the form of unified comms biz Broadsoft for $1.9bn (£1.4bn) – its latest attempt to move away from its lacklustre legacy business of switches and routers. The Maryland-based outfit sells software and services that enable mobile, fixed-line and cable service providers to …
Kat Hall, 23 Oct 2017

Machine-learning startup Perspica to be crushed into Cisco's analytics biz

Creaking hardware dinosaur Cisco is to gobble machine-learning upstart Perspica to beef up its analytical muscle at the performance management AppDynamics division. Perspica has hooked $8.5m in funding since it was founded in 2014 and uses ML to analyse real-time operational data. The idea behind the software is to alert …
Rebecca Hill, 20 Oct 2017
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CableLabs, Cisco working on LTE-over-DOCSIS

+COMMENT Cisco and CableLabs have put their heads together in the hope they can convince mobile network operators that with a bit of unicorn-dust, DOCSIS networks can support the LTE small-cell rollout. Switchzilla's John Chapman blogs that “When small cells are deployed deep into the mobile network, DOCSIS will already be there. …
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Cisco's ACI adds multi-site support, multi-cloud coming next year

Cisco's popped out version 3.0 of its software-defined networking Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) product, but there's a more significant update coming early next year. ACI lets NetAdmins create and manage virtual networks, all obeying pre-set policies about what traffic can go where and when. While rival software- …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Oct 2017
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Cisco sells data virtualization unit to Tibco

Four years after acquiring Composite Software and rebranding it as Cisco Data Virtualization, Switchzilla will sell the unit to Tibco. The buyer says it will be integrating the core Cisco Information server and its “related consulting and support services” into its analytics portfolio, alongside the Tibco Spotfire analytics …
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Cisco polishes the axe for more HQ job cuts

Cisco is saying farewell to 310 more staff from its corporate HQ in California, according to a filing with the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) system. As part of its struggle to stay relevant in a world of cloud tech, the router and switch maker has spent the past seven years restructuring by removing …
Andrew Silver, 27 Sep 2017

Oracle corrals and patches Struts 2 vulnerabilities

Oracle has stepped outside its usual quarterly security fix cycle to address the latest Apache Struts 2 vulnerability. Ever since it emerged at the start of September, CVE-2017-9805 has been (in the words of a former Australian prime minister) “a shiver looking for a spine to crawl up”, because so many vendors use Apache to …

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