Cisco Debuts Wireless Network Products for SMB Market

Cisco Debuts Wireless Network Products for SMB Market
Cisco's new wireless network products, which are priced for the SMB market, open up new sales opportunities for the vendor's channel partners. Cisco recently released a new suite of wireless network products that target small and midsize businesses. These products provide competitive solutions for channel partners to extend their reach into the SMB market. The new lineup includes updated management software with enterprise-class features, indoor and ou…
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CW@50: Sharky's greatest hits

CW@50: Sharky
Editor's note: For almost two decades, Computerworld’s Shark Tank has been there for you, five days a week. For many IT professionals, it’s a quick escape that often brings a smile, frequently of the rueful variety.If you aren’t receiving it in your inbox, you can find it here, and in case you ever have any of that elusive commodity known as downtime, you can dive into the thousands of  dispatches from “pilot fish” in the Sharkives. As part of Computerworld’s ongoing celebration of its 50th ann…
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Trade commission finds Arista infringed on two original Cisco patents

Trade commission finds Arista infringed on two original Cisco patents
The legal ping-pong battle between Cisco and Arista Thursday found Cisco on the winning side as In the International Trade Commission ruled that Arista switches infringe on two core Cisco patents that the company says are key technologies in its network switching pantheon.+More on Network World: Arista gets important win over Cisco in patent battle+Mark Chandler, senior vice president, General Counsel and Secretary of Cisco wrote in a blog post of the Commission’s specific ruling that Arista wa…
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Extreme offers glimpse of integrated Avaya, Brocade technology future

Extreme offers glimpse of integrated Avaya, Brocade technology future
Extreme offers glimpse of integrated Avaya, Brocade technology future | ITworld Thank youYour message has been sent.SorryThere was an error emailing this page. Credit: Extreme Networks ");});try{$("div.lazyload_blox_ad").lazyLoadAd({threshold:0,forceLoad:false,onLoad:false,onComplete:false,timeout:1500,debug:false,xray:false});}catch(exception){console.log("error loading lazyload_ad "+exception);}}); In detailing its third quarter 2017 financial discussion Extreme CEO Ed …
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Interoperability isn’t guaranteed in the open network era

Interoperability isn’t guaranteed in the open network era
This contributed piece has been edited and approved by Network World editorsOver the last few years, the phenomenon of open networking has changed the landscape of the network and datacenter industries. Led by a vanguard of hyperscale Internet companies, open networking is now being adopted by smaller enterprise users.Customers are drawn to open networking by the flexibility and potential cost savings, but are under the false assumption that open solutions are inherently interoperable. This is …
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Cisco fires back at VMware decision to whack third party virtual switches

Cisco fires back at VMware decision to whack third party virtual switches
Cisco today said it would offer its virtual switch users technology to get around VMware’s recent elimination of support for third party virtual switches such as Cisco’s Nexus 1000V.VMware in March announced that going forward it would no longer support third party virtual switch (vSwitch) programs and that customers should just work with VMware’s  vSphere products.+More on Network World: Cisco grabs-up SD-WAN player Viptela for $610M+It was a strategic decision for VMware who has lead the char…
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Network management vulnerability exposes cable modems to hacking

Network management vulnerability exposes cable modems to hacking
Hundreds of thousands of internet gateway devices around the world, primarily residential cable modems, are vulnerable to hacking because of a serious weakness in their Simple Network Management Protocol implementation.SNMP is used for automated network device identification, monitoring and remote configuration. It is supported and enabled by default in many devices, including servers, printers, networking hubs, switches and routers.Independent researchers Ezequiel Fernandez and Bertin Bervis re…
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If software eats everything, are network engineers on the menu?

If software eats everything, are network engineers on the menu?
If you're a network engineer, don't rush out and learn a programming language. To compete in the new world of software-defined networking, it might be more important to start thinking like a programmer.That was one of the ideas that emerged this week from an Open Networking User Group debate that generated healthy feedback from users in the audience.The days of managing individual switches and routers and configuring them with proprietary CLIs (command-line interfaces) are numbered, four paneli…
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F5’s new CEO shares his early impressions, his vision for the app delivery powerhouse

F5’s new CEO shares his early impressions, his vision for the app delivery powerhouse
 F5’s new President and CEO, Francois Locoh-Donou, took over the reins of the application delivery networking company April 3, replacing longtime leader John McAdam who retired in 2015 but stepped back into the position when his replacement resigned in December of that year for “personal conduct matters.”  Locoh-Donou was mostly recently COO of Ciena, a telecom equipment supplier.  Network World Editor in Chief John Dix talked with Locoh-Donou yesterday about his plans and ambitions for F5 afte…
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2.4GHz is a headache for Wi-Fi users, and it’s here to stay

2.4GHz is a headache for Wi-Fi users, and it’s here to stay
Current-generation Wi-Fi technology lives in the 5GHz band. Almost all of the major innovation in wireless standards takes place in the relatively untroubled frequencies around 5GHz (and well above), where there’s little radio competition and the living is easy.But wireless LAN users can’t just stay comfortable in the 5GHz realm – the older 2.4GHz frequency bands are a necessary part of most wireless implementations, and they’re rarely a favorite of the people who have to build and operate Wi-F…
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