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January 26, 2011  2:38 PM

Cisco on “ambient video”network issue — short on solutions

Posted by: Tom Nolle
Cisco, Online advertising, Routers, Video

Cisco has again indicated that what it calls “ambient video” (meaning user-generated content) is going to put enormous demands on the network of the future. But like the political...

March 10, 2010  1:04 PM

Cisco’s big new router doesn’t address networking’s future

Posted by: Tom Nolle
Cisco, MPLS VPNs, Routers

Cisco’s much-hyped announcement today turned out to be the announcement of a bigger router, something that disappointed most of the financial analysts who cover the company and

November 20, 2008  8:41 PM

Ericsson develops packet-optical gear for metro surge

Posted by: Tom Nolle
Carrier Ethernet, control plane, Metro Area Networks, Metro Ethernet, MPLS, Network equipment, Optical Networking, PBT, Routers, Switches

Ericsson is fielding a line of packet optical gear designed to address the expected surge in metro networking. The new products will support a T-MPLS control plane, but Ericsson plans to upgrade to the more modern MPLS-TP and is also considering PBT (PBB-TE).

Metro capacity may be driven...

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 16, 2008  1:52 PM

Juniper continues software transformation

Posted by: Tom Nolle
Cisco, Juniper Networks, Routers, Security, Switches, Virtualization

Juniper has announced the first major innovation in its Service Layer Technology area, something it calls the Dynamic Services Architecture. This is a new product set, the first of which is the SRX Services Gateway, built on a platform that tightly couples service feature hosting and both...

August 1, 2008  1:24 PM

Siemens telecom purchase: Signal of strength?

Posted by: Tom Nolle
Routers, Switches, Verizon

The decision by billionaire Alec Gores to buy the Siemens telecom business may be a signal that the longer-term fundamentals of telecom are stronger than many expect, or it may be an indication that Gores has taken one gamble to many. We have reservations about the space for the next two to...

July 7, 2008  12:46 PM

Emerging economies create emerging vendors

Posted by: Tom Nolle
Alcatel-Lucent, Juniper Networks, Routers

Emerging economies’ telecom deals may be creating a new wave of key players, absent some of the usual names. The recent action in China and India show that where an emerging economy invests in telecom infrastructure, the deals are weighted toward access, metro and fiber, and less to the...

June 19, 2008  12:52 AM

ALU must differentiate itself from Huawei

Posted by: Tom Nolle
Alcatel-Lucent, Routers

Huawei may have a reputation for being just a price leader, but that’s enough to propel significant growth outside China and pull it into the DSL port shipment lead over Alcatel-Lucent. We believe that Huawei is not so much a competitor as a fall-back when there is no real “competition”,...

June 6, 2008  5:57 PM

Router sales up…an IP economic indicator

Posted by: Tom Nolle
Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, Juniper Networks, Routers

Infonetics reports that router sales in the first quarter rose sharply, further validating the notion that the IP infrastructure market is more immune to economic problems than the enterprise. Both Juniper and Cisco gained market share, apparently in part at the expense of Alcatel-Lucent, whose...

March 26, 2008  12:18 PM

Juniper move signals original processor work?

Posted by: Tom Nolle
Juniper Networks, Routers, Switches

David Yen, a kingpin in Sun’s revitalized microprocessor program, is leaving Sun for Juniper, where he will be an executive VP of Emerging Technologies, a move that certainly means that Juniper will be doing more original work with microprocessors and/or network processors. There has been a lot...

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