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Cisco board adds SaaS-man to help it suss subscriptions

Cisco’s tapped one of the few software vendors that has made a thorough and successful transition to software-as-a-service by appointing Mark Garrett, a former Adobe executive veep and chief financial officer to its board of directors. The Register’s focuses on security and infrastructure mean we don’t often consider Adobe for …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Apr 2018

Cisco shrinks Tetration for ESX and SaaS

Just in case you doubt Cisco’s intention to become a software company, it’s now shrunk its Tetration analytics software and spawned a SaaS version. When Tetration appeared in 2017 the telemetry analytics tool needed 36 servers to go about its business. Cisco later cut the server count to six for Tetration-M and added a version …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Apr 2018
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Cisco bulks up routers for carriers struggling with CDN traffic

Cisco might be turning itself into a software company, but that's a slow process, and in the meantime, the router giant still has hardware on the roadmap. This week at YetAnotherConference™ – the MPLS+SDN+NFV World Congress in Paris – Cisco announced a suite of routing products targeting the persistently-underperforming …

Cisco mess from 2017 becomes tool for state-sponsored infrastructure attacks and defacements

Cisco's Smart Install software has become the vector for a series of infrastructure attacks and politically-motivated defacements. Cisco's own Talos security limb reports that bad actors, some likely state-supported, have been scanning Switchzilla devices to see if they run Smart Install. The tool is insecure-by design because …
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Egg on Cisco's face: Three critical software bugs to fix over Easter

Cisco's ruined Easter for netadmins by revealing three critical-rated flaws, with fixes landing today. The company's IOS and IOS XE software need patching against two bugs, CVE-2018-0151 and CVE-2018-0171. CVE-2018-151 is a bounds-checking error in IOS/IOS XE's quality-of-service subsystem, and can be attacked using malicious …

Cisco separates switching and routing software from hardware

Cisco has taken a long, hard look at the biggest bullet in its kit, and bitten down: the company has announced it will separate its router and switch software from the hardware that hosts it. The “kill-your-darlings” decision is in response to demand from hyperscale Web outfits and service providers, rising sales of white-box …

Cisco's 'Hybrid Information-Centric Networking' gets a workout at Verizon

Last week, we noted the re-emergence of a sleeper technology, Information-Centric Networking (ICN). we've now learned that Cisco's been hard at work on it: Switchzilla has unveiled a trial implementation with Verizon. ICN associates content with names rather than the IP address of the server hosting the content. As Dirk …
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Brace yourselves, netadmins, there's a new cable on the market

This week's network-news-in-five minutes has Palo Alto Networks acquiring a startup, a slew of Cisco switches, Juniper's fabric fetish, network monitoring and more. First up: Palo Alto Networks has dropped US$300 million on the table to slurp cloud security company Evident.io. Evident.io focuses on providing security …
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Happy days are here again: 2017 set record for infrastructure sales

Analyst firm Canalys has claimed 2017 saw record shipments of data centre infrastructure. The firm’s totalled sales of all storage, servers and data centre networking kit shipped last year and come up with the figure of US$142bn, up seven per cent from 2016’s spend. Cisco, Dell EMC and HPE collectively scored half of all that …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Mar 2018
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Cisco to trial direct online sales

Cisco's going to have a crack at direct sales online. Cisco's veep for Australia and New Zealand yesterday told the Cisco Live! event in Melbourne that it's currently possible to buy his company's kit online from the company, but that finding out how to do it is not easy. Cisco's online direct sales presence is obscure …
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Ethernet sales growing, but routing's been routed by software

If you watch the fortunes of the big names in switching, you probably won't be surprised to hear that the market is only recording modest growth. According to analyst clan IDC's wrap of calendar year 2017's shipments, the switch business added a mere 3.2 per cent year-on-year in Q4 2017 to reach US$6.9 billion for the quarter …
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Sigh. Cisco security kit has Java deserialisation bug and a default password SNAFU

Cisco's security developers have served up a parcel of patches. First up, there's a gem in Switchzilla's Secure Access Control System. The ACS (which ceased sale in August 2017) is a hardware-based login gatekeeper, and it's got a remotely-pwnable Java deserialisation bug. Cisco's notice for CVE-2018-0147 says an attacker …
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Help me, cloudy-WAN-Ciscobi, my SaaS needs A New Hope

Cisco has decided that wide area networks need more automated attention, so has released two complementary WAN analytics products. The company’s interest in WAN performance comes from its observation that plenty of organisations are more WAN-reliant than ever before, either to connect remote offices to HQ or to access …

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

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