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January 8, 2009  8:46 PM

Cisco breaks out with Eos social networking



Posted by: Tom Nolle
Cisco, collaboration, services delivery platform, Social networking

Cisco has taken a big step outside its traditional networking boundaries in search of additional revenue opportunity. Perhaps its most significant excursion is the one into the application software space with Eos, a social networking system that is targeted at media companies...

December 26, 2008  2:28 PM

Nortel’s Ethernet sale: Who will buy?



Posted by: Tom Nolle
Carrier Ethernet, Cisco, Ethernet, Huawei, Nortel

We may be coming to the point of a Nortel Ethernet sale soon after the first of the year, according to some of our sources. Four companies have been named possible buyers (Cisco, Ericsson, Huawei, and Nokia-Siemens), but we are hearing that the front runner is Huawei and that Cisco is not a serious...


December 18, 2008  2:29 PM

Over-the-top players: A race to the bottom



Posted by: Tom Nolle
Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, Google, mergers and acquisitions, network monetization, Next Generation Networks, service delivery platform, third-party platforms, venture capital, Web 2.0

One of the forgotten truths of the current economic crisis is that while telcos worldwide will certainly be deferring some projects and obsessing even more about monetization, their competitors are likely to be even more concerned. The guys at the greatest risk, in fact, are the darlings of the...


December 17, 2008  2:30 PM

Cisco and blade server plans



Posted by: Tom Nolle
Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, Juniper Networks, Network equipment, service delivery platform, Web 2.0

Cisco has not been shy in pushing the envelope of what a networking company does, and one extension that’s been rumored for quite a while has now appeared in public—though still as a rumor. Cisco is said to be working on a blade server product family, something that would extend the company’s...


December 15, 2008  4:06 PM

Net neutrality breakdown?



Posted by: Tom Nolle
Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, content delivery networks, Google, Microsoft, net neutrality

There are strong indications that the “net neutrality” coalition of portal giants is breaking down. Microsoft and Yahoo have withdrawn from a cooperative agreement to support net neutrality and Google has been in discussion with access providers to come to some deal on “fast lane” content...


December 10, 2008  6:32 PM

Cisco’s new broad, vague Web 2.0 program



Posted by: Tom Nolle
Cisco, Next Generation Networks, service delivery platform, social media, Social networking, third-party platforms, Web 2.0

Cisco announced a broad if somewhat vague program to bind the Elements of Web 2.0 applications into a cohesive whole. The details on this vision were extremely difficult to extract, and we could find no Cisco material online to offer more insight. But it appears to us that Cisco is proposing a...


November 26, 2008  5:06 PM

Cisco’s four-day holiday: Signaling stability?



Posted by: Tom Nolle
Cisco, Juniper Networks, Network equipment, Networking, Next Generation Networks

Cisco plans an unprecedented shutdown for four days during the holiday period, part of a plan to achieve over a billion dollars in cost savings to help counter the impact of the downturn in IT and networking spending.

We believe the step is a kiss blown at Wall Street, something Cisco...


November 13, 2008  2:30 PM

New Cisco edge router to focus on metro apps in 2009



Posted by: Tom Nolle
Carrier Ethernet, Cisco, Ethernet, Metro Ethernet, multi-service edge device, Networking, Routers, Switches

Cisco has announced a new edge router, the 9000, which is widely expected to be the replacement for its aging but important 7600 series. The new box features a card design that gives it a very high per-card capacity, making it capable of supporting the new 100 Mbps Ethernet standard when it is...


September 24, 2008  8:42 PM

Cisco’s collaboration launch conclusions



Posted by: Tom Nolle
Cisco, collaboration, Google, Telepresence

Cisco launched its long-awaited collaboration strategy, a move that is not only a giant step and risk for Ciscom, but an indicator of a major disruption in the networking market. Cisco is telling the world that selling bits is not enough, that margins and growth will have to come increasingly...


September 22, 2008  6:16 PM

Cisco to launch collaboration strategy



Posted by: Tom Nolle
Cisco, collaboration, Telepresence

Cisco will shortly be launching its collaboration strategy, and will be changing its “Human Network” advertising campaign (a good branding exercise for Cisco) to reflect a more collaborative theme. The Cisco strategy, we believe, will be to link its collaborative and telepresence offerings and...


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