Articles about Cisco Systems

Mozilla, EFF, Cisco back free-as-in-FREE-BEER SSL cert authority

A new certificate authority – backed by big names on the internet including Mozilla, Cisco and Akamai – plans to offer SSL certs at no charge starting next year. The move will make it even more easier for people to run encrypted, secure HTTPS websites. Let’s Encrypt aims to provide an easier way to obtain and use a digital …
John Leyden, 18 Nov 2014

Cisco: We'll open-source our H.264 video code AND foot licensing bill

Networking titan Cisco Systems says it will open source its implementation of the H.264 video codec and release it as a free binary download. This could make it easier for open-source projects to incorporate real-time streaming video into their software as the company has promised to cover the codec's patent-licensing fees. " …
Neil McAllister, 30 Oct 2013

Cisco gobbles cloud power meter biz JouleX for $107m

The cash-laden and ever-acquisitive Cisco Systems is at it again, and has snapped up JouleX, which has created a set of cloudy software tools to monitor and manage power consumption in the data center. Cisco is shelling out $107m to acquire JouleX, and said in a statement that this price included cash and retention-based …
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Feel Cisco's WRATH: Over 1,000 placed on DENIED partner sh*t list

Exclusive Cisco has launched an EMEA-wide crackdown in the channel after expelling Phoenix IT Group from the Gold Partner network, which our sources alleged was because it flouted support rules by supplying grey market kit. The Brand Protection police at the networking Goliath sent letters to more than 1,000 resellers, integrators and …
Paul Kunert, 08 Nov 2013
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Frontrunners emerge in sprint for Cisco's CEO crown

Last month, Cisco Systems CEO John Chambers indicated he was mulling over a succession plan for when the 63-year-old veteran chief retires from the networking giant. On Thursday, the frontrunners to replace him moved into clear view. Cisco made Gary Moore and Rob Lloyd presidents of the company, and insisted that it was " …
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Oct 2012

Cisco boosts sales and profits despite softness in switching and routing

Cisco Systems took a big bet more than four years ago when it jumped into the server market with its Unified Computing System blade and rack servers and started peddling converged Nexus switches at the same time. Those bets have paid off, and rising sales of these products are filling in the revenue gaps in the quarter ended in …

Cisco sued by East Carolina University

East Carolina University (ECU), which is based in the rural town of Greenville on the hatchet face of North Carolina, is probably the last organization you would expect to pick a legal fight with networking giant and server wannabe Cisco Systems. But late last week ECU, whose football team is pretty good and goes by the name the …

Cisco to axe 1,300 (more) employees worldwide

Networking megacorp and server wannabe Cisco Systems plans to lay off 1,300 workers – about 2 per cent of its global workforce. The company did not immediately respond to our request for comment, but MarketWatch reports that head spokeswoman Karen Tillman downplayed the importance of the move in an emailed statement. "We …
Rik Myslewski, 23 Jul 2012
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A10 seduces app load balancing biz spurned by Cisco

Cisco Systems has stopped development on its Application Control Engine load balancer modules for its high-end switches and routers, and now networking rivals are trying to raid Cisco's installed base. Upstart A10 Networks has struck first with a Cisco ACE trade-in deal. A10 is offering Cisco ACE shops a credit of $24,000 as …
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Chambers says Cisco is mulling succession plans

John Chambers has been running networking giant and systems wannabe Cisco Systems for so long that it's hard to remember the vendor existed for seven years before he came on board in 1991 to run worldwide sales and operations after spending a decade and a half at Wang Laboratories and IBM. But at 63, Chambers has no choice but …
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Cisco eats Cloupia to control freak clouds

Here's a question: If Cisco Systems, storage partner EMC, and its virtualization and cloud minion VMware are all such good buddies in the Virtual Computing Environment, then why does Cisco need to by Cloupia, a maker of cloud management software? With VMware, and therefore EMC, buying into the virtual networking space with the …

Cisco fluffs up freebie Nexus virtual switch

Cisco is poised to begin beta testing of the latest version of its Nexus 1000V virtual switches, including a new Essential Edition which it will offer for the low, low price of nothing at all. The reasoning behind this pricing policy is simplicity itself: if you are trying to take on VMware in the market for virtual switches, as …
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VCE collective takes integrated systems battle down to the midrange

It is safe to say that the effort by Cisco Systems to break into the server racket with its Unified Computing System blade and rack servers nearly four years ago has succeeded much more than its rivals in the business had expected. And the Virtual Computer Environment partnership between Cisco, storage juggernaut EMC, and its …
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Cisco wins tax battles with Uncle Sam, posts big bump in profits

Networking giant and server upstart Cisco Systems is feeling pretty good about the financial results for its most recent quarter, and not just because business is stabilizing in some of its key markets but also because some battles with the US Internal Revenue Service have ended in its favor to the tune of nearly $1bn. In the …

Heavenly networker Pertino pockets $20m to take on Cisco Meraki

If you want to take on Cisco Systems in the nascent cloud networking-as-a-service market, you are going to need money. Lots of money. And so plucky upstart Pertino Networks, which just uncloaked from stealth mode last month, has gathered up some new investors and hit up its existing ones to fill up its war chest. Todd …
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Cisco bugs surrender control of building's critical systems

Cisco Systems has warned of serious vulnerabilities in a device that connects a building's ventilation, lighting, security, and energy supply systems so they can be controlled by IT workers remotely. The networking giant on Wednesday urged users of the Cisco Network Building Mediator products to patch the vulnerabilities, which …
Dan Goodin, 26 May 2010
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Cisco slurps News Corp's telly software biz for $5bn

Networking giant Cisco Systems has announced its plans to snap up TV software firm NDS for a cool $5bn. News of the takeover talks leaked out of Israel - where NDS was founded in 1988 and still has a large R&D facility earlier today - but Cisco has now confirmed the deal. NDS, which provides software for the pay television …
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Fusion-io gives Cisco blade servers some flash

Upstart server maker Cisco Systems has tapped server flash-drive maker Fusion-io to be its OEM supplier for flash storage in its "California" Unified Computing System blade severs. With this deal, Fusion-io has wrapped up OEM deals with HP, Dell, and IBM, the top server makers in terms of shipments, as well as with Super Micro, …
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Cisco rolls up its own OpenStack distro

Cisco's software engineers have rolled up a distro of the open source OpenStack cloud controller for its "California" Unified Computing System blade and rack servers and related Nexus converged switches. Cisco Systems might be very tight with storage juggernaut EMC and its VMware server virtualization minion, but that doesn't …

Cisco tames Hadoop with Tidal workload control freak

Hadoop World Everybody is trying to make a buck or two on Hadoop big-data munching, and Cisco Systems is no exception. It's trying to get the jump on others by making its Hadoop World announcements just as people are arriving at this week's New York event and figuring out what to do after all the yammering is done. Cisco is making two …
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Cisco enlists NCR in Middle East, Africa server push

Hoping to get a bigger slice of the server racket in the Middle East and Africa – you know, the part of EMEA that is still showing some signs of life – Cisco Systems has tapped The Cash to peddle its Unified Computing System blade and rack servers. The Cash, of course, refers to National Cash Register, the provider of ATM, point …

Cisco buys Virtuata for virty security

Networking juggernaut and server player Cisco Systems has snapped up Virtuata, a stealthy startup that is working on security software for virtual machines that has not really said much about itself to date – and now never will. The acquisition was announced in a blog post by Hilton Romanski, vice president of corporate …

Cisco cuts costs, boosts profits faster than sales

After a number of other big IT players stumbled in the third calendar quarter, Wall Street was braced for a possible slowdown at networking giant and now converged-system supplier Cisco Systems. It seems that all that muscle tightening was for naught, because Cisco was able to do better than expected in the quarter ended in …
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Sun men bump bellies in Cisco v Arista freaky trade battle

High frequency trading and certain parallel computing tasks need low-latency switches with as little jitter as possible, and they are willing to pay a hefty premium for those qualities. This was one of the founding premises of switch upstart Arista Networks, and Cisco Systems has revved up its Nexus 3000 series switches to try …

Cisco: Data centers are getting their cloudy acts together

When you are trying to take over the data center moving out from the switch and into servers, as Cisco Systems is trying to do, you have to try to figure out the lay of the land so you can pick your targets and start shooting. That, in a nutshell, is why Cisco has put together its latest Global Cloud Index, complete with lots of …
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Cisco recalls suicidal UCS blade servers

Cisco Systems warns that its high-end B440 blades for its "California" Unified Computing System have a potentially disastrous defect that could result in one or more board failures, and emit a flash of light that could perhaps give system administrators heart attacks. Last week, Cisco put out a field notice to customers using …

Cisco stretches UCS uber-control-freak across larger clouds

Cisco's software engineers have cooked up an uber-control-freak called UCS Central to manage server profiles, templates, and settings for up to 10,000 rack or blade machines. You can't sell customers a true cloud if your integrated control freak in your blade-network mashup only spans 160 nodes in a single management domain, and …
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Cisco turns in solid June quarter

Networking giant and server upstart Cisco Systems hit the numbers between the eyes in its fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 ended in June, growing profits faster than revenues. The company's financial performance, despite intense competition, soft markets in many places around the globe, and skittish CEOs who are not sure how the …
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Cisco resells Citrix, VMware virty desktop wares

Cisco Systems came late to the physical and virtual server rackets and that means it has to partner to get virtual server slices out there in the data center. And it thinks virtual desktop infrastructure, or what it now calls Virtual Experience Infrastructure or VXI for short, is the killer app for its "California" Unified …
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Ravello Systems gets the KVM band back together

It looks like the people behind Qumranet, who brought us the KVM hypervisor, are getting back together to cook up some new cloudy wares. Navin Thadani, formerly senior director of the virtualization business at commercial Linux distributor and cloud fabric wannabe Red Hat, has taken the SVP of product management and marketing …
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Cisco + OpenFlow + OpenStack = ONE software-defined network

Cisco Live 2012 Everybody is talking about OpenFlow, the "Quantum" networking abstraction project that is part of the OpenStack cloud controller, and software-defined networks in general. A lot of the talk has been about removing the hegemony of Cisco Systems in switching and routing. Now it is Cisco's turn to talk, the company's top brass …
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Cisco revs up Nexus switches to 40GE with fresh ASICs

Cisco has vowed to push 40GE Ethernet switches into the mainstream while also improving its 10GE/40GE Nexus boxes. The transition to 10GE networking is well under way, and the convergence of server and storage traffic onto switches continues apace, albeit at a slower rate than Cisco Systems had hoped. Despite this, the …
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Chambers: Cisco has bounced back

Cisco Live 2012 Cisco Systems is fired up, and if you are in one of its markets and one of its new adjacencies, the company is coming for your market share and more than its fair share of the profits. The networking giant and server and web services provider is hosting its Cisco Live customer and partner event in San Diego this, week and is …

Cisco accused of tailoring tech to aid Chinese abuses

A group accusing Cisco Systems of helping the Chinese government commit human rights abuses against Falun Gong members said it has presented new evidence that the networking giant customized its technology to spy on people tied to the outlawed religious organization. The evidence, contained in an amended complaint filed Friday …
Dan Goodin, 06 Sep 2011

Juniper future-proofs 'programmable' switches in Cisco battle

Juniper networks has trotted out a new line of EX series modular Ethernet switches that will scale up to 100 Gigabit/sec links later this year – and its timing is spot on. With a resurgent Cisco Systems on its hands, Juniper Networks must work harder to get attention and peddle networking gear to the world's data centers and …

Cisco borgs network 'guardian angel'

Networking giant Cisco Systems is acquiring privately held Pari Networks for an undisclosed sum. Pari, according to company co-founder and CEO Kishore Kumar, means "guardian angel" in Sanskrit, and the Paritra Security Appliance that the company created is supposed to be an angel watching over your network devices, doing …
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Cisco hits the targets in fiscal Q3

Cisco Systems hit its revenue and profit targets for the third quarter of its fiscal 2012 ended in April. But the networking giant and systems player will probably take a few lumps because of the candor of CEO John Chambers. He freely acknowledges uncertainty about parts of the global economy as well as tough competition from …
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Cisco snarfs ClearAccess for remote broadband apps

Networking giant Cisco Systems has added another arrow to its quiver and is aiming at the service provider market with the acquisition of ClearAccess, a maker of what is called TR-069 software. ClearAccess makes a platform called ClearVision, which is a suite of remote troubleshooting applications that adhere to the Broadband …
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EMC Greenplum Hadoop elephant straddles Cisco iron

Well, that took long enough. Cisco Systems and the Greenplum big data unit of server partner EMC have finally gotten together and put the Greenplum wares on Cisco's Unified Computing System servers. In a blog posting, Raghunath Nambiar, an architect at Cisco's Server Access and Virtualization Technology Group, reveals that the …
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Cisco, HP bury hatchet for server, switch hookup

Server giant and networking player Hewlett-Packard and networking giant and server player Cisco seem to have buried the hatchet. Admittedly, it is a pretty small hatchet and they are still brandishing pikes pointed at each other's guts. But they are not fighting. That's because there are plenty of customers that have HP for …
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Hackers turn Cisco phones into remote bugging devices

Internet phones sold by Cisco Systems ship with a weakness that allows them to be turned into remote bugging devices that intercept confidential communications in a fashion similar to so many Hollywood spy movies, SC Magazine reported. The publication quoted consultants from Australia-based HackLabs, who said customers had lost …
Dan Goodin, 13 May 2011

Cisco doubles Catalyst Ethernet ports to 60 watts of juicy juice

Networking giant Cisco Systems has cranked up the amount of juice its Catalyst 4500E switches can pump out over Ethernet to 60 watts – another step toward its goal of making its switches the throbbing heart of the modern office. The Catalyst 4500E switch was announced last October with 848Gb/sec of aggregate switching bandwidth …
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Cisco Nexus ports stretched to take 40GE and 100GE loads

If you want 10 Gigabit Ethernet to take off on servers, then you need fat backbones on the campuses and in the data centers to absorb the increase in traffic. And so Cisco Systems is ramping up the bandwidth on its Nexus 7000 series of end-of-row converged Ethernet switches as well as on its Catalyst 6500 campus switches. Cisco …

Pertino uncloaks, fires 'cloud network engine' at Cisco

Plucky startup Pertino Networks has taken aim at Cisco's Meraki with the release of its new network-as-a-service, ummm, service. What Pertino is up to takes a bit of imagination. Imagine first that your email was your network address and out there on the cloud, and that some magical big virtual switch knew all of the devices you …
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Cheeky SalesCrunch flips Cisco $1 for WebEx biz

A serial entrepreneur with a penchant for sales has made Cisco Systems an offer that it most certainly can refuse and also snicker at: $1, plus a 15 per cent equity stake, in rival SalesCrunch if Cisco hands over its WebEx online meeting biz. In a statement, New York-based SalesCrunch tried to make the case that the online …
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Cisco pays millions to end DoJ probe

Cisco Systems and distie Westcon Group North America, owned by South African firm Datatec, are to pay $48m to end an investigation by the US Department of Justice into overcharging. The multi-million dollar settlement will end an investigation into allegations that the two companies knowingly provided incomplete information …
John Oates, 08 Sep 2010
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Cisco stabilizes switching and routing in Q2

Networking - and some would say data center bellwether - Cisco Systems turned in a better-than-expected fiscal Q2 ended in January, with revenues up 10.8 per cent to $11.53bn and net income up a very good 43.5 per cent to $2.18bn. "We are moving ahead of our competitors and our industry peers," proclaimed Cisco CEO John Chambers …
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Cisco wants to build your cloud

Networking giant and server wannabe Cisco Systems put the word out on the street that it was making a big cloud announcement today, but if you were expecting the company to launch a big wonking public cloud and take a run at the Amazon compute cloud juggernaut, you can forget it. What Cisco did do was introduce its CloudVerse …
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Cisco rolls out data center pods

Server wannabee Cisco Systems is now a containerized data center wannabe too. The company has rolled up and rolled out its own variant of modular data centers for its own server, storage, and networking gear (as well as that for its competitors) using standard metal shipping containers. The aptly named Containerized Data Center …
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Cisco lays off 6,500 workers, execs

Networking giant Cisco Systems is going to get 11,500 employees smaller. After Wall Street closed today, Cisco said that it was going to cut 6,500 workers to get its costs more in line with its revenue streams, and added that it was selling off a set-top box manufacturing plant in Mexico with 5,000 employees to Chinese …