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Hey Alexa, Siri and Cortana: Cisco says you’re bad at business

VID Cisco will shortly give the world a voice assistant it believes has a shot at making life uncomfortable for Siri, Cortana and Alexa in the office. The company’s effort won’t be a general-purpose bot. Instead the company plans to make it a part of its Spark collaboration portfolio and have it do things like place calls, find …
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Cisco buffs Tetration for application protection

Cisco has updated its Tetration network monitoring software to tackle application security and multi-vendor policy enforcement. Tetration's earlier iterations focussed on giving users visibility of network operations and performance in the data centre, while Cisco's Stealthwatch did the same for campus networks. The company …

Cisco, Intel, Red Hat take aim at closed 5G radio systems

Cisco has used Mobile World Congress 2018 to tout a group of vendors working on open tech for the mobile radio access network. “Virtual RAN” – Radio Access Network – refers to a shift in base station architecture away from proprietary functions running on vendor-specific base station hardware. vRAN remakes the mobile network …
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Cisco NFV controller is a bit too elastic: It has an empty password bug

Cisco's Elastic Services Controller's release 3.0.0 software has a critical vulnerability: it accepts an empty admin password. The Controller (ESC) is Cisco's automation environment for network function virtualisation (NFV), providing VM and service monitors, automated recovery and dynamic scaling. Cisco's advisory about the …

World's cyber attacks hit us much harder in past year – major infosec chief survey

Cybersecurity breaches were twice as severe in the past year, with total financial losses reaching $500,000 (£356,00) per business, according to an extensive survey of CISOs across the globe. Some 32 per cent of breaches affected more than half of an organisation's systems in 2017, up from 15 per cent the previous year, …
Kat Hall, 21 Feb 2018

AMD lures Cisco's server CTO into Epyc new data center gig

Exclusive AMD's push into servers has accelerated just a little after the chip-designer wooed Cisco's chief technology officer for UCS servers to join its ranks. Raghunath Nambiar joined AMD earlier this month in the role of corporate veep in the silicon scribblers' Datacenter Ecosystems and Solutions team. He's quite a catch because …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Feb 2018
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Q: Why did the Cisco cross the network? A: To automate what's on the other side

Cisco has extended its Network Services Orchestrator (NSO) and WAN Automation Engine in the hope that service providers will see them as a way to achieve automated management of all the kit in their networks, regardless of who made it. As explained to El Reg by Cisco's senior veep and general manager of Service Provider …

Arista almost done with Cisco workarounds as revenue and profit soar

Customer certification delays resulting from its ongoing patent lawsuit brought by Cisco have delayed some of its revenue, but upstart Arista Networks still turned in a tidy result for Q4 2017 and for the full year. The company last Friday announced US$467.9 million in revenue for Q4 2017, up 42.7 per cent on Q4 2016, and a …
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Judges dismisses majority of Cisco's 'insane' IP defence against Arista

A US court has agreed to dismiss most of Cisco's IP defences in its long-running antitrust dispute with rival Arista Networks; the latter had previously described them as "breathtakingly broad, unprecedented and insane". The ruling is the latest in Arista's antitrust case against Cisco, filed in 2016, two years after Cisco …
Kat Hall, 16 Feb 2018

Say HCI is an enhanced server. If you don't already sell 'em, it could be game over, man

Analysis If hyperconverged systems are basically enhanced servers then HCI vendors with no server hardware or channel partnerships for their software are doomed. And HCI vendors with low server sales will not be successful in the HCI market. Now let's look at Cisco, HPE and NetApp through this lens. Cisco UCS servers and HyperFlex …
Chris Mellor, 16 Feb 2018
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Cisco surges after pricing switches-plus-subscriptions just below old hardware prices

The flagship of Cisco's “intent-based networking” push, the Catalyst 9000 switch, is leaping out the door, and Switchzilla delivered other good news on it FY2018 Q2 earnings call. The Catalyst 9000 is also in the vanguard of Cisco's other most important strategy, pivoting its income to software and subscriptions. That plan's …
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A storage baker's dozen: We spill the tea on the firms, the faces, the dough

What went on in storageland this week, you ask? Keep your saucer level, but we had Cisco saying its kit will be needed because the cloud is spreading, Delphix snuggling up to SAP, Zerto going even more multi-cloud, plus a good few smaller items. Cisco Cloud Index Study By 2021, 94 per cent of workloads and compute instances …
Chris Mellor, 9 Feb 2018
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Hyperscale oligarchs to rule the cloud as the big get bigger, and the small ... you won't care

The latest iteration of Cisco's Global Cloud Index has painted a picture of an even more massively oligarchic future cloud. Switchzilla predicts rough seas ahead for all but the biggest cloud operators, if the index [PDF] is any guide: the company reckons the mere 24 operators that count as “hyperscale” will dominate cloud …

Insurance companies now telling you what tech to buy with um-missable price signals

Analysis Global mega-insurers Allianz and Aon have just given IT buyers and the security industry plenty to ponder by cooking up a deal with Apple and Cisco that makes users of those companies’ kit eligible for a special class of cyber insurance. Part of the new deal is business as usual, as it will see “Aon cyber security …
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Another week, another Cisco-security-kit-needs-a-patch story

Cisco's again asked owners of Adaptive Security Appliances or Firepower Threat Defense Software to patch, after it turned up a new DDOS problem that last patches didn't address. Owners of such kit were in patch-fast mode last week after Switchzilla revealed a “crafted XML attack” that exposed webvpn's interface to the 'net, …
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Cisco throws everything it has at containers, hybrid cloud

Cisco has decided to throw everything it has at containers by releasing its very own “Container Platform”. At first blush the Platform isn’t much more than Kubernetes, and Cisco doesn’t claim that it can do much more than anyone else’s packaging of the Google-derived container-manager. The important bit is the integration …
Simon Sharwood, 31 Jan 2018
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Cisco gives intent-based networking a third leg to stand on

Cisco’s delivered the missing piece of its intent-based networking (IBN) vision and is therefore ready to stand its ground as software-defined networking upstarts try to paint it as a dinosaur. When Switchzilla introduced the vision in mid-2017 it explained that automation was at its core – the company wanted networks that …
Simon Sharwood, 31 Jan 2018
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Ugly, perfect ten-rated bug hits Cisco VPNs

A programming slip in Cisco VPN software has introduced a critical vulnerability hitting ten different Adaptive Security Appliance and Firepower Threat Defense Software products. The bug scores a perfect ten CVSS rating, and is present in the products' SSL VPN functionality. That's bad news because if you've deployed the VPN …

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