September 2, 2010  10:53 AM

Cisco making smart grid moves



Posted by: Shamus McGillicuddy
Cisco, Itron, Networking, Silver Spring Networks, smart grid, standards

Cisco is aggressively building out its smart grid capabilities this week, announcing a major partnership with a smart reader company yesterday and buying a making of IP-based wireless network systems and software for energy management today. Yesterday Cisco unveiled a


August 30, 2010  3:01 PM

Cisco security strategy: some nuggets from my notebook



Posted by: Shamus McGillicuddy
Cisco, Network security

Last week I published a feature that took a long, hard look at Cisco's network security strategy. This story tackled a big subject so naturally I left out a few odds and ends and a little analysis. I...


August 16, 2010  2:30 PM

Are you still feeling pain from the Cisco supply chain?



Posted by: Shamus McGillicuddy
Cisco, Cisco supply chain shortage, Networking

During his latest earnings call with Wall Street analysts, Cisco CEO John Chambers put a good spin on the supply chain issues that have plagued his company and many other IT vendors for more than a year as...


August 9, 2010  11:59 AM

HP CEO transition: Media hand-wringing and internal HP morale



Posted by: Shamus McGillicuddy
Cisco, HP 3com acquisition, HP Cisco battle, HP Networking, HP ProCurve, Networking, scandal

When something like the Mark Hurd scandal happens, we in the media spend a lot of time quoting pundits about what impact the event could have on the markets we...


August 5, 2010  1:45 PM

Catalyst to Nexus data center migration



Posted by: Shamus McGillicuddy
Catalyst, Cisco, data center networks, Nexus

Are you at the point where you need to update the old Cisco Catalyst 6509s in the core of your data center? If you are, you're probably looking at the Nexus line of data center switches that Cisco has been promoting for the last couple years. Many enterprises are trying to decide whether to migrate...


July 23, 2010  4:11 PM

CCIE Emeritus: Did Cisco give into complaints from CIOs and product managers?



Posted by: Shamus McGillicuddy
career, CCIE, CCIE Emeritus, Cisco, Cisco certification

When I set out to write about Cisco's new CCIE Emeritus program a few weeks ago, I spoke to three CCIE-certified engineers, all at different stages of their career, to get a...


July 16, 2010  4:49 PM

Magic Quadrant for Network Access Control: Crowded, but leaders stand alone



Posted by: Shamus McGillicuddy
Avaya, Avenda Systems, Bradford Networks, Cisco, Enterasys, ForeScout, Gartner, HP Networking, InfoExpress, Juniper, Magic Quadrant, Network access control, Network security

Gartner's 2010 Magic Quadrant for network access control (NAC) is remarkably crowded for a market that reportedly generated just $200 million in annual...


June 18, 2010  5:07 PM

2010 Magic Quadrant for Enterprise LAN: Few changes for a rapidly evolving industry



Posted by: Shamus McGillicuddy
10 Gigabit Ethernet, 3Com, Alcatel-Lucent, Avaya, Cisco, data center networks, Enterasys, Extreme Networks, Fibre Channel over Ethernet, Force10, Gartner, HP Networking, IP telepony, Juniper, LAN, Magic Quadrant, mergers & acquisitions, NAC, Networking, nortel, wireless LAN

Gartner rolled out a new Magic Quadrant for Enterprise LAN this month and it looks remarkably similar to last year's, even though Gartner itself acknowledges that the network switching industry is...


June 7, 2010  12:11 PM

Cisco’s forensic engineers are a little more sophisticated than Radio Shack hobbyists



Posted by: Shamus McGillicuddy
Cisco, counterfeit network equipment

Let's face it: If you're building counterfeit Cisco gear, it's rather stupid to hand the stuff over to Cisco. Two alleged fraudsters in the Washington, D.C., area figured that out last week when the Feds...


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