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VMware eyes Avi Networks for data-center software

VMware punched up its data-center network virtualization capabilities by announcing it would buy Avi Networks load balancing, analytics and application-delivery technology for an undisclosed amount. Founded in 2012 by a group of Cisco engineers and executives, Avi offers a variety of software-defined products and services including a software-based application delivery controller (ADC) and intelligent web-application…

When to use 5G, when to use Wi-Fi 6

We have seen hype about whether 5G cellular or Wi-Fi 6 will win in the enterprise, but the reality is that the two are largely complementary with an overlap for some use cases, which will make for an interesting competitive environment through the early 2020s. The potential for 5G in enterprises The promise of 5G…

Cisco offers cloud-based security for SD-WAN resources

SAN DIEGO— As many companies look to SD-WAN technology to reduce costs, improve connectivity and streamline branch office access, one of the key requirements will be solid security technologies to protect corporate resources. At its Cisco Live customer event here this week, the company took aim at that need by telling customers it added support…

Huawei may get a 2-year reprieve on Trump ban

While President Trump wants to ban sales of Huawei networking gear in the U.S., the acting head of the Office of Management and Budget recommends putting that action off for two years because it would place too great a burden on U.S. companies supplying Huawei and using its equipment. If the ban goes through it…

Cisco launches a developer-community cert program

SAN DIEGO – Cisco revamped some of its most critical certification and career-development tools in an effort to address the emerging software-oriented network environment. Perhaps one of the biggest additions – rolled out here at the company’s Cisco Live customer event – is the new set of professional certifications for developers utilizing Cisco’s growing DevNet…

Cisco software to make networks smarter, safer, more manageable

SAN DIEGO—Cisco injected a number of new technologies into its key networking control-point software that makes it easier to stretch networking from the data center to the cloud while making the whole environment smarter and easier to manage. At the company’s annual Cisco Live customer event here it rolled out software that lets customers more…

New switches, Wi-Fi gear to advance Arista’s campus architecture

Arista is rolling out more products and services in its continued assault on both the campus network and enterprise hybrid-cloud environments. In particular, the company is readying a new family of what it describes as its first purpose-built campus leaf switches as well as a Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) access point that fit into its overall…

Juniper: Security could help drive interest in SDN

Security challenges and developing artificial intelligence/maching learning (AI/ML) technologies are among the key issues driving software-defined networking (SDN) implementations, according to a new Juniper survey of 500 IT decision makers. And SDN interest abounds – 98% of the 500 said they were already using or considering an SDN implementation. Juniper said it had Wakefield Research poll IT…

Cisco to buy IoT security, management firm Sentryo

Looking to expand its IoT security and management offerings Cisco plans to acquire Sentryo, a company based in France that offers anomaly detection and real-time threat detection for Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) networks. Founded in 2014 Sentryo products include ICS CyberVision – an asset inventory, network monitoring and threat intelligence platform – and CyberVision…

Cisco will use AI/ML to boost intent-based networking

Artificial Intelligence and machine learning are expected to be some of the big topics at next week’s Cisco Live event and the company is already talking about how those technologies will help drive the next generation of Intent-Based Networking. “Artificial intelligence will change how we manage networks, and it’s a change we need,” wrote John…