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​AppDynamics touts the agility of a startup with the pocket of a global giant
"Our ability to close a customer when Cisco is involved is up to 50 percent faster."

One of the best advantages of being part of a big, tech company.
cisco  monitoring  channel  systemsmanagement  appdynamics  momentum 
april 2018 by cote
Cisco says virtually all data center workloads will be based in the cloud by 2021
Vendor report, but fun numbers: “One of the main drivers fueling this race to the cloud is the explosion of software-as-a-service workloads, Cisco said. By 2021, 75 percent of the total cloud workloads and compute instances in the world will be SaaS-based, up from 71 percent in 2016.”
predictions  cloud  cisco 
february 2018 by cote
Cisco jumps on the Kubernetes bandwagon with its new Container Platform
“The company said the Container Platform takes care of the “setup, orchestration, authentication, monitoring, networking, load balancing and optimization” of containers. Deployment of containers is also simplified through automation, as the platform takes care of the most repetitive tasks in this process. It can also be extended to other important aspects of IT, such as networking, security and more, officials said.”
cloudnative  cisco  kubernetes 
february 2018 by cote
Cisco is strengthening its 'cloud first' posture
Finally, an explanation of that Cisco/Google partnership:

“CloudCenter is key to the hybrid cloud partnership that Cisco and Google recently announced, where CloudCenter will be used to integrate Google Cloud Platform services with on-premises datacenters. The integrated offering includes Cisco's Hyperflex hyperconverged infrastructure and Nexus 9k networking. Cisco is also leveraging its networking (CSR) and security (Stealthwatch Cloud) portfolio to ensure a consistent environment across the hybrid cloud. Google's Kubernetes container runtime uses Apigee to consume and manage APIs, as well as Google's range of cloud services, including machine learning and visual recognition. The open source Istio service management platform is key to the offering, supported in CloudCenter, providing traffic management, observability, policy enforcement and service identity and security for microservices. There will also be integrations to AppDynamics. Solution engineering efforts are underway, and Cisco and Google are working on predefined statements of work that can be executed by both companies' direct sales teams and by the partner channels. The joint offering will be fully supported by the Cisco Technical Assistance Center. The Cisco-Google partnership on hybrid cloud is non-exclusive, but Google is working closely with Cisco on the joint engineering work around open hybrid cloud.”
cisco  google  cliqr  cloud  partnerships 
january 2018 by cote
Cisco, Google Join Forces on Hybrid Cloud
The cloud initiative combines Google's (NASDAQ: GOOGL) de facto standard Kubernetes cluster orchestration platform for managing applications and services across hybrid infrastructure with Cisco's (NASDAQ: CSCO) networking and security expertise. It also leverages Cisco's push into hyper-converged infrastructure. Along with extending security to application containers and other micro-services, the deal would allow users to monitor application behavior running on hybrid platforms, the partners said.

The other pillar of the collaboration is Istio, another open source tool released earlier this year to help manage micro-services via what developers call a "service mesh network." Working with Kubernetes, Istio aims to provide a uniform means of connecting and managing micro-services.
Cisco  google  cloud  partnerships  kubernetes  istio  links  via:Workflow 
october 2017 by cote
CotéIndustries.com
Our surveys show Cisco has too many people, often takes too long to get things done and has become reactive to changing market dynamics,” Sue wrote. “Big layoffs and restructuring have become routine for the past four years. A more proactive change may kick Cisco’s underperforming stock into gear.
cisco  stream  rumors  divestatures  via:ifttt  from:tumblr  quote  tumblr:quote 
october 2014 by cote
Cover Story: Chambers Preps Cisco For Toughest Transition Yet - Page: 1 | CRN
Since being tapped to lead Cisco in 1995, Chambers has grown the company from a $2.2 billion hardware manufacturer to a $48.6 billion network hardware, software, security and services powerhouse that’s more bullish than ever on becoming the world’s No. 1 IT company. Cisco had 3,827 employees when Chambers was appointed CEO. Today, there are more than 70,000.
via:ifttt  from:tumblr  execs  Cisco  numbers  networking  momentum  link  tumblr:link 
august 2014 by cote
Cisco relaunches Developer Network
I have a getting started style report coming out in developer relations and marketing, so im always curious to see examples of pro.grams
devrel  cisco  dailywrap 
july 2014 by cote
Rackspace not a good fit for Cisco, says Chambers - Network World
“We don’t move into a market unless we think we have a realistic chance of gaining 40% market share with sustainable differentiation,” Chambers said at the Cisco Live conference when asked if the company needs to acquire an established cloud provider like Rackspace to succeed in cloud services. “And we try not to move into markets that don’t have really good gross margins, unless they’re unusually strategic for us. That’s a market that is very, very price sensitive; that’s taking on the big giants in Google, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft, etc. So those are the types of scenarios we look at as a partnership opportunity (rather) than we do acquisitions. I’m not going to comment on if we looked at them or not. It doesn’t fit into our normal sweet spot and core competency area.” That’s a pretty clear criteria and close to what many large tech companies would want.
via:ifttt  from:tumblr  rackspace  rax  cisco  clous  m&a  link  tumblr:link 
may 2014 by cote
Cisco belches forth mighty intergobblenator CLOUD OF DOLLARS • The Register
In the context of covering Cisco’s “InterCloud” announcement, the following is quoted: The Cisco Intercloud will be built upon industry-leading Cisco cloud technologies and leverage OpenStack for its open standards-based global infrastructure. We’ll support any workload, on any hypervisor and interoperate with any cloud. You see that notion frequently now-a-days, the idea of OpenStack being part of a cloud. As I recall, Oracle said they had (would have?) OpenStack compatibility. One would expect that IBM SoftLayer (built on CloudStack) will have something in this realm of “based on” and “plays nicely with.” Of course, there are plenty of others that are “100% OpenStack” (or as close as one can get) as well.
via:ifttt  from:tumblr  cloud  cisco  openstack  opensource  link  tumblr:link 
march 2014 by cote
Cisco Reverses Strategy to Enter Cloud Fray
Buried in this piece on Cisco doing some public cloud stuff is this little description about how the shift to public cloud creates a strategic threat to incumbent vendors: Cloud computing represented an interesting opportunity to equipment companies like Cisco, as it aggregated the market down to fewer buyers. There are approximately 1,500 to 2,000 infrastructure providers worldwide verses millions of businesses; reducing the buyers to a handful would lower the cost of sales. And, as cloud sales picked up, reducing on-premises equipment spending, those providers would represent an increasing share of sales and revenue. The problem with this strategy, as companies like Cisco Systems and Juniper Networks discovered, is the exchange of on-premises buyers to cloud buyers is not one to one. Cloud providers can scale investments further than any individual enterprise or business buyer, resulting in a lower need for continually adding equipment. This phenomenon is seen in server sales, which saw unit shipments fall 6 percent last year and value fall nearly twice as fast. This re-arranging of one of Porter’s forces (the buyers get more power because there are fewer of them) is one of the reasons I go on about “IT - SaaS = what?”; namely, selling to SaaS/cloud companies is not going to be as fat as selling to the more numerous and inefficient (read: spends more money) on-premises market.
via:ifttt  from:tumblr  numbers  stratagy  cloud  Cisco  link  tumblr:link 
march 2014 by cote
Cisco, Red Hat Deepen Cloud Relationship With 'Journey To The Open Cloud' Program
"the two vendors will shortly roll out best practices and lead generation for open clouds that will include "playbooks" and reference architectures."
partnerships  redhat  cisco  openstack  cloud  gtm 
january 2014 by cote
Cisco takes on AWS with cloudy desktop-as-a-service plan
Relying in VMware and Citrix for the software and (unannounced?) service provider partners to delver it.
daas  vdi  cloud  parters  virtualdesktop  cisco  vmware 
december 2013 by cote
A networking news frenzy ahead of Cisco’s Insieme launch — Tech News and Analysis
Stacey Higginbotham takes a crack at explaining why Cisco’s announcement this week is a big deal for SDN, and Cisco: > Cisco saw all of that play out and doesn’t want to find itself in Dell’s or HP’s shoes. So it is focusing on becoming a control point in the emerging virtualized stack and putting greater emphasis on software. And, explaining what Cisco’s, well, ethos here may be: > The networking world of old said it cared what the application wanted, but the application had to speak network’s language. So the application had to figure out if it needed more bandwidth or was experiencing latency issues or whatnot. > But when the application comes first, this means you offer the application (and developers) a way to see how the network affects your application. So if something breaks, the developer doesn’t have to go looking for the networking code book to describe the problem because the networking infrastructure and software does the work.
via:ifttt  from:tumblr  cisco  sdn  Insieme  devops  cloud  networking  link  tumblr:link 
november 2013 by cote
Cisco buys Whiptail for $415 million amid solid-state storage run | ZDNet
Cisco on Tuesday said it will acquire Whiptail, a solid state memory system company, for $415 million. Cisco plans to integrate Whiptail’s solid state memory technology into its unified computing system (UCS) products. … From Cisco: The end result is to deliver optimized performance on top of UCS for emerging and business critical applications, such as virtualized, Big Data, database, High Performance Computing and transcoding workloads. People love the solid-state. Notice that there’s software involved.
via:ifttt  from:tumblr  ssd  storage  solidstate  ucs  m&a  Cisco  usecases  link  tumblr:link 
september 2013 by cote
Tech's cash kings are sitting on billions - Network World
Summary from Ann Bednarz’s piece on the topic: Microsoft: $77B Google: $16.16B Cisco: $50.6B Apple: $42.6B (plus $104B in long term investments) Oracle: $32.2B The above are cash and short-term investments and such.
via:ifttt  from:tumblr  m&a  numbers  cash  apple  microsoft  oracle  cisco  google  link  tumblr:link 
september 2013 by cote
Is Silicon Valley's youth movement really just age discrimination?
Sounds like some poorly timed HR comments from Cisco.
age  work  cisco 
august 2013 by cote
Cisco: We're not a smartphone maker
"We love the way that Apple, RIM, and Microsoft, are loading the networks and want to interop within that. But when we enter markets, we enter to be number one or number two. With our target market of 40 per cent that's really not an option."
mobile  Cisco  quotes  SmartPhones  packets  networking 
december 2009 by cote
Cisco Breaks Down Barriers to Business-to-Business Collaboration -> Cisco News
A whole passel of IM/Email/Collab and semi-cloud stuff from Cisco. Of special note, some stuff based on Jabber (XMPP) which we've been wondering "what ever happened to?" They've got (a.) instance messaging, (b.) video conferencing, (b.) private video networks, (c.) email stuff, and (d.) some stuff around "new media" on "for end-users across heterogeneous devices, applications and clients." Packets, man, packets!
Cisco  pr  via:email  Jabber  XMPP  SaaS  unifiedcommunications  UC  Outlook 
november 2009 by cote
Cisco Buys Starent Networks for $2.9 Billion
Matthew Robison, a communications analyst with Wedbush Morgan Securities, said Starent had made a name for itself by creating a single piece of networking hardware that could move data while also performing more complex management functions like handling user tracking and billing processes. “It’s almost like a router and a computer server in the same box,” he said. Such technology has become desirable among the large telecommunications suppliers, which have either made similar acquisitions or tried to build their own hybrid systems. “Cisco needed to do this to have a good road map out to the next generation of products,” Mr. Robison said.
cisco  m&a  mobile  numbers  video  appliances  performance  packets 
october 2009 by cote
Defining 'unified computing systems'
"I guess the idea is that it is one that brings network, storage and computing resources together and managed as a single unit."
cisco  automation  unifiedcomputing  virtualization  cases  quotes  itmanagement 
august 2009 by cote
Cisco Courting Developers to Make Routers Smarter, More Valuable -> News@Cisco
Kind of a long shot, but there's some good marketing programming going on here.
cisco  developers  routers  platforms  contests  devrel 
july 2009 by cote
Cisco's missing data center acquisition
"Cisco is entering an established market with strong incumbents like IBM and HP. To win, it needs to innovate in its data center strategy. Puppet, used by Stanford, Google, Sony, and other leading-edge companies, could offer it a way to disrupt the incumbents with an innovative approach to IT management: a way to manage data-center resources over time, and not merely at deployment."
puppet  redmonkclients  cisco  automation  opensource  itmanagement 
april 2009 by cote
Can Cisco commit to management software? - Network World
"Cisco has had an on-again/off-again romance with management software. It gets things started and then ignores it. Cisco is embarking on an unfamiliar journey that could be full of landmines, but with the right software strategy, a vendor of Cisco's caliber can more easily navigate around those landmines."
Cisco  itmanagement  bmc  itmanagementguys 
april 2009 by cote
Cisco buys Tidal Software for $105M — to virtualize the data center
"So what does Tidal bring to the table? Cisco Vice Preident of Corporate Development Hilton Romanski says Tidal gives companies visibility into how computing resources are being used by business applications. That information can then be used to automate the management of those applications."
m&a  itmanagement  cisco  tidal  BSM  ITSM 
april 2009 by cote
Fresh Targets Added to ‘The Wheel of Cisco’ - Bits Blog - NYTimes.com
"He then went on to identify 'higher probability targets': Citrix, VMware, Nuance, Tandberg, BMC, NetApp and Salesforce.com."
cisco  rumors  m&a  numbers 
march 2009 by cote
DellHPSunIBM unmoved by Cisco blades • The Register
"The basic idea is to create a big virtual switch that sits between virtual machines on physical servers and the real switches that these VMs need to talk to virtualize the network, much as a hypervisor abstracts the underlying physical hardware."
cisco  california  itmanagement  itmanagementguys  switch  virtualization 
march 2009 by cote
Cisco delivers security, storage and unified communications for small business - Network World
Cisco's all purpose appliance for the SMB space. Coming soon to the enterprise, no doubt.
cisco  SMB  backup  hardware 
february 2009 by cote
Cisco is big tease about 'Big Bang' switch upgrade
"We look at whether we can be a significant player in that market and we have a competitive and architectural differentiation."
cisco  c-scape 
december 2008 by cote
Cisco Is Jabbering Its Way Into Office Cubicles - Bits Blog - NYTimes.com
Check that out! Cisco buys XMPP overlords, Jabber. More software to Cisco.
m&a  redmonkclients  cisco  Jabber  XMPP  messaging  IM 
september 2008 by cote
Rising energy costs usher in workplace changes
Polycom needs to get it's PR people working on inserting themselves into stories like this. Polycom should own this story.
videoconferences  telecommuting  green  cisco  energy  work  polycom  advice 
may 2008 by cote
Cisco opens ISR routers to software developers
Run stuff on Cisco boxes. Also, is this the OSGi stuff?
cisco  appliances  platforms  osgi  networkmanagement 
april 2008 by cote
Cloud computing, Web 2.0 trends emphasized
Cisco says, "hey, don't ferget 'bout us, homie!"
paas  saas  cloud  cisco 
april 2008 by cote
Cisco Sets Sights on Server Management
Throw this together with Cisco's $150M investment in VMWare, and you've got some tea-leave, bub.
via:carroll  cisco  provisioning  servers  vframe  appliance 
july 2007 by cote
Cisco-WebEx will define the future of computing
Using WebEx as an application delivery channel. I'm skeptical. I think of Microsoft buying Groove. What happened there? WebEx as SSH for Windows (remote support): now I'm listening.
m&a  webex  cisco  windows  ssh  support  remotesupport  microsoft  groove 
march 2007 by cote
IBM, Cisco launch joint Unified Communications platform
"The federated presence solution will take information stored in Cisco's IP network, such as availability and location, and share that information with a Sametime client."
voip  partnerships  ibm  cisco  im  voice  presense 
march 2007 by cote
Would You Like Some Social Networking With That Network Switch?
"That logic is sort of interesting, but it's hard to see Cisco ever becoming much of a force in social networking, since it's a space typically dominated by younger, smaller and more creative companies"
cisco  tribe.net  m&a  socialsoftware 
march 2007 by cote
What did Cisco buy? A look back at eight acquisitions in '06
Video, VoIP, unified messaging, and other end-user/consumer network enables disintermediation (to telcos). That last idea makes me go: YUH!
m&a  cisco  unifiedmessaging  voip  video  networking  disintermediation 
december 2006 by cote
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