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Cisco's reverse mentoring plan helps middle-aged managers grok Gen Y

Cisco has implemented a reverse mentoring program that sees its younger and less-experienced staff advise its managers, the better to help the latter develop strategy. Sabrina Lin, Cisco's veep for commercial business in Asia Pacific, Japan and China, revealed the program at the at the Canalys Channels Forum in Bangkok a while …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Nov 2013
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Zombie Nortel grabs Cisco by the neck, again

Cisco must by now be getting sick of acting as defender-by-proxy of the entire computer networking industry, with yet another pile of ex-Nortel patents being wrapped up in a lawsuit delivered to San Jose. Spherix, once a biotech and now a patent toll-collector, picked more than 100 former Nortel patents from troll-in-chief …

Cisco sprinkles more SDN goodness into the access network

Cisco is pushing its “Evolved Programmable Network” architecture further into the access network, with a slew of product releases designed to make the access network more “cloudy”. First, let's get through the list of serial numbers. The new products cover optical access, Ethernet access, TDM access, management and …
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Archive biz Crossroads lobs sueball at Cisco, NetApp and Quantum

Crossroads Systems Inc, a data archive solutions biz, is suing Cisco, NetApp and Quantum for allegedly using its patented technology in their storage products. The Crossroads lawsuit alleges infringement of U.S. Patents 6,425,035 and 7,934,04, part of Crossroads' '972 Patent Family. Crossroads wants monetary damages and an …
Chris Mellor, 19 Feb 2014
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Who's up for yet another software-defined net protocol? Cisco wants to see some hands

Cisco has unveiled an openly defined protocol for controlling network hardware, but it lacks an essential ingredient: participation from other network hardware makers. The new OpFlex protocol was announced by Cisco on Wednesday. It is designed to let admins transfer policy commands to any network hardware that supports OpFlex. A …
Jack Clark, 02 Apr 2014
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Cisco execs blindside themselves with flash-splash Invicta UCS array

Sources indicate that Cisco’s top execs blundered when they thought the UCS Invicta all-flash array wouldn’t compete with flash arrays from partners EMC and NetApp because it was integrated into the UCS server fabric. Our people suggest that they didn’t understand, when given UCS Invicta integration information by lower-level …
Chris Mellor, 03 Feb 2014
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Cisco coughs up to patent troll, smacks down IP laws

Cisco has announced that its long-running battle with patent troll Innovatio is over, with the licensing outfit accepting $US2.7 million to settle the case. The deal includes Netgear and Motorola devices. As noted by Cisco's Mark Chandler in this blog post, the settlement amounts to 3.2 cents for each of 85 million WiFi device …
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Grimly determined Cisco reports weak earnings

Networking giant Cisco has reported weak results in line with its own muted expectations as it continues to face difficulties in emerging markets. The technology bellwether reported a net income of $2.5bn on Wednesday, representing an earnings per share of $0.47 on sales of $11.16bn for its fiscal second quarter, which beat …
Jack Clark, 12 Feb 2014
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Google and Cisco sheath swords in patent-war deal

Google has signed another patent-licensing deal, this time with Cisco, signaling that it has had enough of the Great Patent War litigation frenzy – for the moment, at least. "Our agreement with Cisco will reduce the potential for litigation, letting us focus instead on building great new products," said Allen Lo, Google's deputy …
Iain Thomson, 04 Feb 2014

Cisco sends TrustSec offspring to IETF dating site

In what looks like an effort to recruit other vendors, Cisco has published its TrustSec protocol in the form of an IETF Draft. Published here, TrustSec has been given the name the Source-Group Tag Exchange Protocol, or SXP. TrustSec is a security policy management framework that the Borg says lets security managers use plain …

Cisco ships six fixes for DoS bugs

Sysadmins can get themselves ready for a busy Cisco “patch Thursday”, after the Borg lobbed six patches out the door to deal with a range of denial-of-service (DoS) vulnerabilities in IOS. The vulnerabilities – see here for a single list – are all scored a CVS base score better than 7 as being remotely exploitable without …

Cisco seeks custody of biz kids amid Phoenix IT Group divorce

Cisco has extended access to its facilities and software upgrades to customers of its soon-to-be-ex "Gold Partner" Phoenix IT Group, which had also provided maintenance services. LSE-listed Phoenix confirmed it was being divorced by an unnamed vendor last month, which it expected to cost the biz £2m a year in profits. Then Cisco …
Paul Kunert, 21 Nov 2013
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Cisco reboots PC with $1500 'Scandafornian' Android fondleslab

In the face of some tough quarters, Cisco has used its Cisco Live event to show its bold vision for the future: a $US1,500 big-screen Android tablet with webcam, noise-cancelling audio, apps, and multi-user logins. No, really, that's the Borg's new pitch. As we all know, Cisco's business is hardly buoyant at present. So with …

Speaking in Tech: Cisco buys out Insieme. To UNCLOAK data centre tech, just press PLAY

speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise This week's podcast brings you piping hot enterprise news. Your hosts Greg Knieriemen and Ed Saipetch – Sarah Vela is out this week – got the scoop on Cisco's new "spin-in" Insieme straight from the horse's mouth when they chatted to Cisco's Amy Lewis and Insieme's Joe …
Team Register, 06 Nov 2013
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Fixed networks to sag under weight of mobile data: Cisco VNI

Cisco's latest Visual Networking Index (VNI), its annual analysis of current and future bit flows, has hit the wires and it confirms what most people already consider a given: mobile access is continuing to grow, both in terms of volume and in terms of users. The VNI states that mobile connection speeds are also on the rise, …
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Euro judge flings out Cisco beefs against Microsoft-Skype deal

Cisco’s European challenge to Microsoft’s acquisition of Skype has been thrown out by a judge. The European Court of Justice ruled on Tuesday that Microsoft’s ownership of Skype doesn’t damage competition in either the consumer or video communications markets. “Microsoft’s acquisition of Skype is compatible with the internal …
Gavin Clarke, 11 Dec 2013

Sluggish Cisco damping Ethernet market, say kit-counters

The bread-and-butter enterprise networking market, Ethernet switches and routers, had a dreadful first quarter in 2014, but just how bad depends on which analyst you listen to. IDC says the Q1 value was $US5.2 billion, while Dell'Oro Group was a little more pessimistic, putting it at $US5 billion. The two companies estimates of …

Cisco's the new Tivo, pumps out 'DVR in the cloud' offering

Cisco wants to borg your TV: as part of a big cloud-for-service-providers announcement, it's kicked off a cloudy digital video recorder (DVR) offering under its Videoscape brand. Videoscape itself isn't new: it was kicked off in January 2011 as a TV-over-IP platform, and since then Cisco has been rolling various acquisitions …
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Cisco issues IronPort patch

Cisco has issued a patch for vulnerabilities that exposed its IronPort AsyncOS software for the Cisco e-mail security appliance to cover denial-of-service and command injection problems. The vulnerability, described here, exposed several IronPort components. Its Web framework would allow and authenticated remote user to execute …

Cisco gobbles Insieme, belches software-defined network clouds

Cisco has unveiled the secret weapon it'll use to assault the software-defined networking world – a new blob of technology from startup Insieme to converge network hardware and virtualized applications. The IT goliath said its Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) lineup – as discussed on our Speaking in Tech podcast earlier …
Shaun Nichols, 06 Nov 2013

Cloud, schmoud, says Cisco: The IoT needs 'FOG COMPUTING'

Cisco is looking to wrap more of the Internet of Things in its warm embrace, announcing that it's going to create a Linux-plus-IOS mashup to run IoT apps at the network edge. Designated IOx, the “fog computing” (Cisco's term) operating system is being pitched as a way to deal with data coming from IoT devices. For example, an …

Mighty Cisco terminates British channel chum Phoenix IT Group

Cisco has confirmed it was the unnamed vendor that gave top certified services partner Phoenix IT Group its marching orders last week - a move which sent the Phoenix share price tumbling by around 11 per cent. Northampton-based Phoenix resold Cisco kit as a Gold partner but also provided third party maintenance bolted onto Cisco …
Paul Kunert, 05 Nov 2013

Cisco edges away from VMware, tries Red Hat on for size

From co-operation to co-op-etition and then competition: it's happening in front of our eyes with EMC and Cisco. The choreography involves Cisco working more and more with Red Hat and its KVM server hypervisor and less with EMC subsidiary VMware's ESX. Red Hat is joining in with Cisco and working with its OpFlex protocol in …
Chris Mellor, 04 Apr 2014
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Phoenix IT Group in talks to offload Cisco services biz to BT – sources

Phoenix IT Group is quietly negotiating with BT to hand over customers whom it previously provided with Cisco services, sources have told The Channel. This comes in the wake of Phoenix's dramatic and damaging removal from the networking giant's partner channel. It emerged last week that service provider Phoenix had been dumped …
Paul Kunert, 11 Nov 2013
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Nooo, ANYTHING but BT! Cisco gives 'stay of execution' to Phoenix IT

Cisco has prolonged Phoenix IT Group's termination notice period following what sources describe as a backlash from some customers over the planned novation of certain contracts to BT. The networking goliath gave Phoenix marching orders at the end of last month, with sources alleging it was caught selling grey market kit and had …
Paul Kunert, 20 Nov 2013
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Reply-all email lightning storm STRIKES TWICE at Cisco

Cisco is tackling another email storm today, just weeks after its servers were deluged with millions of "reply-all" messages being sent by the networking giant's staff - with many requesting they be removed from the list. The Register has heard from Cisco workers who are currently in the, er, eye of the storm, which is …
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Oct 2013
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Hacker backdoors Linksys, Netgear, Cisco and other routers

The new year begins as the old year ended: with yet more vulnerabilities turning up in consumer-grade DSL modems. A broad hint for any broadband user would be, it seems, to never, ever enable any kind of remote access to the device that connects you to the Internet. However, the hack published by Eloi Vanderbeken at github, here …

Cisco nearly ready with next giant router

Cisco is reportedly close to pushing the start button on manufacturing for a router to surpass its current CRS-3 core router. According to Light Reading, which says it's seen a Cisco document outlining the as-yet-unannounced “CTR” router, the new iron will support 1 Tbps per 10x100 Gbps ports slot. That would put the per-slot …
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Sync'n'sharers Box snaffle Cisco's Warrior CTO .... IPO time?

File sync'n'sharer Box has recruited a big hitter to its board: Cisco’s chief technology officer. Padmasree Warrior, the capable chief technology and strategy officer for Cisco, is becoming a director at Box, where the CEO is co-founder Aaron Levie, and the goal is, we understand, an IPO. She will be the second independent …
Chris Mellor, 21 Mar 2014
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Cisco tosses cash, APIs at software-pushers: Here, make our customers 'appy

Independent software vendors are being hotly pursued by Cisco, with the networking giant making hundreds of APIs available so developers can build applications that solve specific problems for customers. That's according to Milo Schacher, Cisco veep of the EMEA and Russia partner organisation, who said it is building a sales …
Paul Kunert, 07 Oct 2013

Cisco seeks to gobble virty data biz Composite

Cisco has announced it wants to slurp private firm Composite Software, which brings together traditional and cloud data in a single view, for about $180m. The networking giant said it would like to splice the data virtualisation software and services company into its own portfolio of Smart Services. "Cisco's strategy is to …
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Silicon Valley Cisco reseller charged with $37 million fraud

The boss of Silicon Valley Cisco reseller Network Genesis has been indicted for selling counterfeit kit and sub-price products bought by the networking company's staff. According to the federal grand jury indictment, Cuong Cao Dang, sometimes known as Calvin Dang, bought counterfeit hardware for his San Jose reseller business …
Iain Thomson, 26 Jul 2013
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Cisco quietly slips out new all-flash arrays – perhaps it doesn't want EMC, NetApp to notice

The competition gloves are almost off: Cisco has made available two Invicta solid-state arrays that integrate into the unified computing system (UCS) fabric but are not converged server-storage systems. The two systems, which had a low-key launch on Friday, will compete with Cisco partner EMC’s own XtremIO all-flash arrays. The …
Chris Mellor, 25 Jan 2014
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Speaking in Tech: Red Hat, Cisco sitting in a tree, m-e-r-g-i-n-g?

speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise It's El Reg's tech news podcast with hosts Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week, the whole crew is together with special guest Aaron Delp of SolidFire. This week we discuss… Eddie's roller coaster (0:55) Cloudcast and the Krispy Kreme Challenge (2:00) …
Team Register, 09 Apr 2014
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Cisco's Hens to sink teeth into worldwide distribution

Cisco has rejigged the chairs at its top table, with exec Julie Hens being made veep of worldwide distribution. The move was confirmed by Edison Peres, senior veep of worldwide channels, in a blog post yesterday, weeks after previous distie boss Scott Brown was made chief of Asia Pacific, Japan and Greater China. The …
Paul Kunert, 04 Jul 2013
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Cisco takes on AWS with cloudy desktop-as-a-service plan

Works with VMware and Citrix to deliver DaaS from your bit barn or the cloud Cisco and VMware have responded to Amazon Web Services Workspaces desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) plan with their very own offering that can be deployed to private or public clouds. The new offering blends VMware's recently-acquired Deskone with a Cisco …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Dec 2013

Samsung snaps up Cisco enterprise director for B2B push

Samsung has rustled Cisco's herd and made off with veteran UK enterprise sales director Tim Skinner, who will head up its continued push into commercial sectors. Skinner spent 14 years in the sales engine room at Cisco but this week started at Samsung as director of its B2B operation, reporting directly to Graham Long. Long, …
Paul Kunert, 01 Aug 2013
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BIG trouble in BIG China: Cisco shares fall off a cliff as CEO warns of slump

Cisco's shares slumped ten per cent in after-hours trading on Wednesday after the networking kingpin copped to terrible performance in emerging markets. The hardware giant squeezed $2.9bn in net income (up 11.6 per cent year on year) out of revenues of $12.1bn (up 1.8 per cent) in the third quarter of 2013. The company beat Wall …
Jack Clark, 13 Nov 2013

Cisco pilot seeks to determine UK impact of US-made channel schemes

Cisco is running a pilot with Gold-accredited channel partner Logicalis to ascertain the impact that sales programmes designed in the US have had on the operation in Britain. Vendors invariably construct schemes for channel players in their homeland and then distribute them globally without making any adjustments for local …
Paul Kunert, 29 May 2013
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Profit healthy, sales up, 4,000 staff face axe. Cisco CEO, here's your pay doubled to $21m

Cisco chief exec John Chambers has received a whopping pat on the back from the networking giant with a pay rise of nearly 100 per cent. According to a regulatory filing, the biz supremo saw his total annual compensation almost double to a massive $21.05m (£12.9m) in the financial year that ended on July 27, up from a measly $11 …
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DEATH TO TCP/IP cry Cisco, Intel, US gov and boffins galore

The US National Science Foundation, Cisco, Verisign, Panasonic and boffins from around the world have thrown their weight behind a new “Named Data Networking Consortium” that aims to develop “a practically deployable set of protocols replacing TCP/IP that increases network trustworthiness and security, addresses the growing …
Simon Sharwood, 05 Sep 2014
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Cisco goes public with major vulns

Users of Cisco's Unified Communications Manager, UCM instant messaging and presence, and Prime Central hosted collaboration system need to get busy with patches, after the Borg announced denial-of-service vulnerabilities across all three platforms. UCM 7.1, Cisco advises, has an improper error handling vulnerability that can be …
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Has Cisco made a $415 MILLION mistake with the Whiptail buyout?

Is the $450m that Cisco paid for Whiptail too high, seeing as the possible costs of the deal could include losing the EMC/VCE and NetApp/FlexPod partnerships? Let's back up a moment. Once upon a time Cisco sold networking gear. Then it entered the server market with its UCS line. It then had two players in the 4-part data centre …
Chris Mellor, 30 Jan 2014
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Cisco readies axe for 4,000 employees

4,000 heads will roll at Cisco, as the networking giant prepares for another lean year in an IT market still recovering from the aftershocks of the global recession. The company's chief executive, John Chambers, announced the cuts alongside Cisco's financial results for Q4 2013 on a conference call on Wednesday. Cisco shares …
Jack Clark, 14 Aug 2013

Facebook reveals open network gear to drive WEDGE between itself and Cisco

Facebook's director of technical operations, Najam Ahmad, says his company is only "one per cent" done with changing data center hardware, but we reckon that with the reveal of its new open networking equipment projects, Cisco and other incumbents are hoping it will slow down. The top-of-rack switch, named Wedge, and Linux-based …
Jack Clark, 18 Jun 2014

Cisco hints at possible new security standard

Cisco is hoping that a framework it created for its Identity Services Engine (ISE) could offer the basis for a standard for multivendor security integration. The Borg created the Platform Exchange Grid – pxGrid – to allow third-party developers to integrate with ISE, and has told told NetworkWorld it intends to put the …

Apple DOMINATES the Valley, rakes in more profit than Google, HP, Intel, Cisco COMBINED

Apple again dominated all Silicon Valley competition in 2013, so much so that in the San Jose Mercury News' SV150 annual ranking, it raked in more revenue than numbers two and three combined, and more profits than the four below it, taken together. List of the top 15 companies in the San Jose Mercury News SV150 The top 15 …
Rik Myslewski, 14 Apr 2014
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Cisco rolls dice with 'CONTROL EVERYTHING' softy networking launch

Cisco has revealed its response to the piranha-like software-defined networking technology that threatens to devour its margins and reduce the worth of its proprietary hardware. The "Application Centric Infrastructure" (ACI) technology was belched out by the company at a press event in New York on Wednesday. It sees the world's …
Jack Clark, 06 Nov 2013
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Cisco reps flog Whiptail's Invicta arrays against EMC and Pure

A recent report based on views gathered from resellers reveals Cisco reps are enthusiastically selling Invicta all-flash arrays as both stand-alone and UCS converged arrays against EMC's XtremIO and Pure Storage. William Blair's Data Networking and Storage Tracker findings are based on "in-depth interviews with 41 US and …
Chris Mellor, 14 Apr 2014
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Nothing to sniff at: Cisco finishes $2.8bn gobble of Snort'ing guy's Sourcefire

Intrusion prevention's a hot topic in the world of security, as reflected in the $2.8bn price tag Cisco has paid to complete the acquisition of network security specialists Sourcefire. The purchase - which was announced in July - is the largest security firm purchase since Intel's $7.7bn acquisition of McAfee in 2010. And it's a …
Iain Thomson, 09 Oct 2013