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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
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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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Q: Just why are AT&T, banks snubbing kit from Cisco & co? A: Control

Relationships between big data-center buyers and IT providers are dramatic, and on Monday AT&T strode onto the stage and bellowed out a great betrayal. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, AT&T's head of technology and network operations John Donovan was quoted as saying that the telco's Supplier Domain Program 2.0 " …
Jack Clark, 25 Feb 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 …
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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

Ex-Amazon brain, ex-Cisco bigwig eager to smash lock to networking throne room

In another indication of changes in the networking market, two startups are teaming up to give companies greater choice in the tech they want to use to lash together their computers, threatening the businesses of incumbents like Cisco. The tie-up between Cumulus Networks and Midokura was announced on Wednesday and will see a …
Jack Clark, 20 Mar 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 and NetApp engage in light consensual FlexPoddery

Consensual FlexPoddery is the name of the game as Cisco and NetApp rename Flexpod and FlexPod Express, introduce the new FlexPod Select, and add NetApp's E-Series arrays and Cisco's Nexus 7000 big-ass switch to the FlexPod component mix. FlexPods are template rules for designing converged server, storage and networking systems …
Chris Mellor, 30 Jul 2013

Panel: Death of Cisco and Juniper switches are greatly exaggerated

Cheap no-brand networking gear rolling off Asian assembly lines has its uses, but they are fairly small, a trio of industry insiders have said. In a panel discussion at the Optical Fibre Conference 2014 in San Francisco on Tuesday, execs at two service providers and one supplier gave their thoughts on the wave of enthusiasm for …
Jack Clark, 12 Mar 2014
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Watch out EMC and vendor pals, Cisco's set to flog you with Whiptail

El Reg's storage desk is hearing Cisco people saying their partnerships with storage vendors are stronger than ever, following the Whiptail acquisition. They say EMC and other storage array suppliers understand that Whiptail is a UCS-booster, not an array. Well, excuse me, but what? The idea of Whiptail as a Unified Computing …
Chris Mellor, 24 Oct 2013
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Cisco email accidentally sent to 1000s of employees causes message list MAYHEM

Ever become stuck in a seemingly infinite loop of emails from colleagues hitting the "reply-all" option and asking to be removed from a mailing list containing the addresses of thousands of employees? If the answer to that question is a resounding yes followed by a massive sigh, then you ought to have some sympathy for Cisco, …
Kelly Fiveash, 19 Sep 2013
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Virnetx loses Cisco case: VPNs not its property

Non-practising entity VirnetX has had its patent case against Cisco dumped by a Texas jury, meaning it won't be seeing any of the $US258 million it had demanded of the networking giant. The low-profile company with links to the national security community via Science Applications International Corp issued its demands in 2010, …
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Cisco untroubled by mega-clouds fleeing its proprietary ASIC grip

Networking giant Cisco is facing the same onrush of terrifying low-cost competitors that server vendors and chipmakers are dealing with, and is now trying to convince the world that its tech is more open and interoperable than people think. The new marketing approach has come about as the networking company prepares to sell its …
Jack Clark, 25 Nov 2013

Yo, mall rats: Facebook and Cisco in Wi-Fi hookup to track your retail, social life

Facebook just got into the consensual Wi-Fi data-pumping game after it inked a deal with networking giant Cisco that will allow businesses to better target people's shopping and social habits. The free content ad network will play swapsies with its users by getting them to agree to hand over their "customer preferences and …
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Oct 2013
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Cisco, Google and SAP may buy BlackBerry's bits: report

Not one but three tech titans are considering a bid for BlackBerry, according to Reuters. The news agency reports that BlackBerry may not be content with the arrangement to take it private suggested by major shareholder Fairfax Financial Holdings and ”has asked for preliminary expressions of interest from potential strategic …
Simon Sharwood, 05 Oct 2013
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Feel Cisco's WRATH: Over 1,000 placed on DENIED partner sh*t list

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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Dell taps Sons of Cisco for networking Manhattan project

When you have a techology division that, in real estate terms, would be generously termed a "fixer-upper" there's little to lose by giving the keys to a young, ambitious competitor and welcoming them in to give the crumbling place a lick of paint. At least, that seems to be Dell's view – why else would it cede strategic control …
Jack Clark, 28 Jan 2014
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Cisco to acquire services management firm SolveDirect

Cisco has announced plans to acquire SolveDirect as the company looks at adding more management tools to make it easier for businesses to manage multiple IT systems. The acquisition was announced by Cisco on Monday, and will see SolveDirect's executive team join the networking company's services division. The privately-held …
Jack Clark, 26 Mar 2013

Cisco slip puts hardware at risk

Cisco has issued a security advisory revealing that it mis-coded the implementation of a new password hashing algorithm. Its “Type 4” password implementation was supposed to salt passwords and then run them through 1,000 iterations of SHA-256 for storage, following the Password-Based Key Derivation Function (PBKDF) version 2 …

Cisco: Us, competing with Amazon's cloud? You're having a laugh

Cash and acquisition-stuffed Cisco insisted today that it had no plans to offer its own public cloud. Or at least, not one that competes with industry giant Amazon. Maciej Kranz, vice president at Cisco’s corporate technology group, named Amazon specifically in a litany designed to show that the $121bn internet behemoth really …
Joe Fay, 23 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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Tech patents latest: Google, Cisco search pockets to sling $490m at TiVo

Googorola and Cisco have settled their upcoming patent infringement trial with TiVo out of court, agreeing to pay the telly box firm $490m upfront. The patented technology in question covers the playing back of digital video that was recorded live, pausing said footage in the right place, and similar work; TiVo, a maker of …

Cisco pours cash into log management startup

A remotely hosted log management company has garnered $10.5m in filthy valley lucre from Cisco, Data Collective Venture Capital, and others. The funding round brings Loggly's total funding to date to $20.9m. The company's hosted service lets companies upload server log files into a central repository, where they can then run …
Jack Clark, 04 Sep 2013
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Most 'cloud' traffic never sees the cloud: Cisco

A disconnect seems to be emerging between the technologies vendors believe are important in the cloud, and the way traffic is flowing between cloud data centres. While much is made of a world in which workloads are so virtualised they float around between data centres like quanta teleporting around the world, most of the world's …
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Stop the Microsoft, Skype wedding, screams enraged Cisco in court

Cisco and Italian ISP Messagenet will try to convince a European court today that it should overturn the EU's approval of Microsoft's acquisition of VoIP biz Skype. The firms will attempt to get the Euro beaks to reverse the European Commission's clearance of the $8.5bn gobble in 2011 without any concessions. Networking giant …
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Storage firms, tremble: MASSIVE tech beast Cisco has just spaffed $415m on Whiptail

Cisco intends to buy all-flash array startup Whiptail for the huge cash sum of $415m, catapulting the networking giant full tilt into the storage market and threatening its close relationship with EMC. John Chambers' networking giant declares: "Whiptail will strengthen Cisco's Unified Computing System (UCS) strategy and enhance …
Chris Mellor, 10 Sep 2013
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Arista wants Cisco Catalyst 6500 scalp. Price on head? $35bn

This month has been a biggie for data networking launches, with Cisco uncloaking Application Centric Infrastructure - its answer to the software defined network (SDN) - along with the new Nexus 9000 switch series. (My colleague Jack Clark has penned a fine analysis of Cisco’s ACI strategy here.) Also in November, Arista Networks …
Drew Cullen, 19 Nov 2013

Cisco borgs VHA packet core

Troubled mobile carrier Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA) is pressing ahead with the network upgrade it hopes will rebuild its fortunes in the country, with Cisco to provide the foundation of its 4G network backbone. The Borg's ASR 5500 is to be rolled out as Voda's multimedia core platform, the companies say. VHA is preparing …

Think wearables are the next tech boom? Cisco's numbers beg to differ

Last year, according to IDC, world smartphone shipments passed the billion-unit mark, making up more than half of a global market of 1.8 billion mobile phones. By 2018 we'll be buying 2.3 billion phones a year. By now you probably also know that plenty of folks suggesting tech giants will find The Next Giant Market by dropping …

Cisco suggests new economic metric: Gross Domestic P0wnage

Cisco has hosted the launch of a new “Cyber Readiness Index” and endorsed its author's belief that nations need to measure the impact of online crime if they are to understand the true impact of technology on their economies and societies. The author of the Index is Melissa Hathaway, a former security advisor to President Barack …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Nov 2013

Hyper-fast Wi-Fi chip guru Wilocity: Cisco dalliance is our ticket to enterprise

WiGig pioneer Wilocity, developer of 5Gbps 802.11ad Wi-Fi chippery, has shipped more than a million of its chipsets, but it has bigger plans for the future of its tri-band 60GHz, 5GHz, and 2.4GHz chipsets – including using them to turn desktop phones made by its new partner, Cisco, into wireless desktop hubs. Currently, Wilocity …
Rik Myslewski, 15 Jan 2014
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Cisco clambers aboard gig Wi-Fi bandwagon

Cisco has joined the growing list of vendors putting the 802.11ac “gigabit WiFi” standard into live kit, launching a “Wave 1” module for it Aironet 3600 series of access points, and promising “Wave 2” support in a future upgrade module. The current kit, quoth the Borg, supports WiFi speed up to 1.3 Gbps, which in deployment …

Facebook hitches skirt, flashes 'Cisco-slaying' open network blade

Facebook is leading a charge to displace traditional proprietary networking hardware and software in all of its data centers – potentially threatening the livelihood of large incumbents such as Cisco, Juniper, and Brocade in the wider market. The Open Compute Project Networking scheme was announced by the social network at …
Jack Clark, 12 Nov 2013

Belkin buys Linksys from Cisco

Cisco has found a buyer for its unwanted and unstrategic Linksys low-end networking brand, in the form of accessories and small networks player Belkin. Both companies have issued gushing notifications of the deal, but haven't let it be known how much cash or other fungible instruments will change hands to make it happen. It's …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Jan 2013
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Amazon, Facebook, Google give Cisco's switches the COLD shoulder

Networking giant Cisco lost around $10bn in market value last week as investors sold out in response to weak earnings and poor growth projections. Worse yet, some of its biggest customers – from Amazon and Google to social network giant Facebook – are implementing technologies that will allow them to reduce their dependence on …
Jack Clark, 18 Nov 2013
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Military-industrial patent troll demands BEEELLIONS from Cisco

Emboldened by a win against Apple that was upheld last February, VirnetX – inventor of key VPN technologies or a patent troll, depending on your point of view and understanding of its patents – has now taken up cudgels against Cisco. In a hearing in front of a Federal jury over a complaint first filed in 2010, VirnetX has said …
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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
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Linksys vuln: Cisco responds

Cisco has identified the Linksys router affected by the vulnerability published by DefenseCode on January 14. In an e-mail to The Register, the vendor says its review shows the vulnerability only exists in the WRT54GL home router. “Following our assessment of information recently released by DefenseCode, we have confirmed a …
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Cisco coughs $2.7bn for Sourcefire

Cisco has dug deep and found $2.7bn for intrusion prevention security player Sourcefire. Sourcefire started out in intrusion detection/intrusion prevention but expanded over the years to add next-generation firewall and advanced malware protection wares to its portfolio. Cisco reckons the acquisition will accelerate the …
John Leyden, 23 Jul 2013
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Cisco predicts massive data networking growth by 2017

There are three sure things in life – death, taxes, and the insatiable hunger of people for more and more bandwidth. By 2017, over 1.4 zettabytes of data will be flowing over global networks, Cisco said in its latest Visual Networking Index forecast, which it released on Wednesday. The annual survey predicted faster broadband …
Jack Clark, 30 May 2013
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Cisco slashes mobile data growth rate forecast for Oz

With the spotlight on its very latest Visual Networking Index forecasts for mobile data, The Register is interested to note that Cisco has actually trimmed the five-year growth rate for Australian mobile data consumption. In its 2011 to 2016 VNI, Cisco was predicting a compound annual growth rate of 68 percent, with the country' …
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Cisco, EMC love child VCE finally dangles rebate lure over channel pool

Cloudy hardware biz VCE threatened to roll out a new tiered channel programme and, by Jove, that is exactly what UK partners have got. The company was forged by Cisco and EMC in 2009, but it has taken the best part of four years to finally create a mechanism that looks and feels like a vendor programme – and it's offering …
Paul Kunert, 26 Sep 2013
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Cisco and iRobot build videoconferencing robot for remote workers

For the last two decades videoconferencing manufacturers have been touting their systems as the ultimate tool for remote workers. Now Cisco has added one of its "telepresence" systems to a remote-control robot that can wander around the office meeting people and performing inspections. AVA 500 videoconferencing unit Now your …
Iain Thomson, 10 Jun 2013

Brocade, wake up: Cisco is here, and it ALSO has 16 gig FC

Cisco has waited two years, watching while competitor Brocade launched and sold 16Gbit/s Fibre Channel, before finally doubling the speed of its own Fibre Channel switch products, belatedly announcing 16Gbps MDS switches. It's quite possible the networking giant had been hoping that Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) take-up …
Chris Mellor, 29 Apr 2013
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Cisco Gold partner Cisilion boosts fiscal 2012 profits

Bottom-line boosting IT services worked well for Cisco Gold house Cisilion in its last fiscal year while hardware and software licensing margins tightened. Results just filed at Companies House show that in the year to 31 May 2012, sales at the Surrey-based network integrator grew 10 per cent to £26m, in line with management …
Paul Kunert, 08 Mar 2013

Cisco partners with Wilocity on hyper fast 5-gigabit Wi-Fi tech

Networking giant Cisco and 60GHz 802.11ad Wi-Fi pioneer Wilocity have announced a partnership to collaborate on "new network topologies and a new class of wireless solutions" based on Wilocity's 5Gb/sec wireless technology. The collaboration, announced Wednesday, comes after Cisco kicked in a seven-figure investment in Wilocity …
Rik Myslewski, 06 Nov 2013

Cisco pays $475m for Israeli mobile network firm Intucell

Cisco has bought Israeli mobile network traffic management software firm Intucell for $475m in cash as it seeks to expand its footprint on the mobile market. Intucell's special sauce is its self-optimizing network (SON) software, which dynamically shifts traffic between cell stations to even out the highs and lows of demand and …
Iain Thomson, 23 Jan 2013

Report says Cisco offloading Linksys

Cisco's long and inglorious retreat from the consumer business may be about to reach another miserable milestone, after Bloomberg reported Linksys is up for sale. Cisco scooped up Linksys back in 2003 and used the brand to offer consumer and small business products. Cisco has done reasonably well in the latter market, but the …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Dec 2012

Cisco takes aim at fakers with anti-piracy tool

Cisco hopes to strangle the trade in counterfeit versions of its products by launching a tool designed to help US government agencies spot imitations, many of which come from China. The firm’s senior vice president for public sector, Patrick Finn, told Nextgov that increasing numbers of “rogue partners” pretend to posses Cisco …
Phil Muncaster, 29 Nov 2012

Oracle embraces NetApp and Cisco's FlexPod

A couple of weeks back, Gartner told The Reg that Oracle has more room for growth in virtualisation than just about any other player, perhaps including Microsoft. That prediction looks a little sounder today, after LarryLand let it be known it has teamed up with NetApp to create an Oracle-centric of the storage vendor's FlexPods …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Apr 2013