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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 …

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
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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 …

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 …

Fella faked Cisco, Microsoft gear death – then sold replacement kit for millions, say Feds

A US bloke allegedly defrauded Cisco and Microsoft by faking problems with computing and networking gear he didn't own to trick the tech giants into sending him replacements. The suspected crook then sold the gear online and through New Jersey-based resellers for millions of dollars, prosecutors claim. Justin David May, 28, …
Thomas Claburn, 29 Jan 2018

DRAM, it's good to be in storage... for some

So after a week of replicating, virtualising, backing up and inhaling and puffing out data to the cloud it is time to check what has been happening in the land of storage. We have news on Portworx and HPE, Pure Storage, SK Hynix, SpectraLogic, StorMagic, plus snippets on Gridgain, Snowflake and Virtual Instruments... Grab a …
Chris Mellor, 29 Jan 2018

Laggard Cisco stumbles over, puffing: 'HyperFlex now supports Hyper-V'

Cisco has pushed a new version of its HyperFlex hyperconverged software out the door and given Microsoft a big hug by adding support for Redmond's Hyper-V virtualization software. HyperFlex 3.0 has also scaled up: 64-node clusters are now possible and clusters can now stretch across data centres up to 100km apart. Support for …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Jan 2018
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Poison ping pong prompts patch from Cisco

Cisco admins, it's your weekly patch notice. The patch that gave us our headline is in NX-OS software, which is vulnerable to malicious pong (response to ping) packets. If the pong packet tries to egress both a FabricPath port and a non-FabricPath port, the software tries to free the same area of memory twice. “An exploit …

Cisco can now sniff out malware inside encrypted traffic

Cisco has switched on latent features in its recent campus and office routers and switches, plus a cloud service, that together make it possible to detect the fingerprints of malware in encrypted traffic. Switchzilla has not made a dent in transport layer security (TLS) to make this possible. Instead, as we reported in July …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Jan 2018

Cisco to release patches for Meltdown, Spectre CPU vulns, just in case

Cisco is the latest company to prepare patches to tackle the serious security vulnerabilities affecting the majority of CPUs, Meltdown and Spectre. Cybersecurity group CERT has warned companies that the only way to protect themselves from the flaw was to rip out and replace their processors. It has since backtracked on that …
Kat Hall, 5 Jan 2018

Cisco acquires 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 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 …

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