Stories by Jim Duffy

Cisco, Microsoft chasing Clouds

Cisco this week expanded its datacentre arrangement with Microsoft with a multiyear sales and go-to-market effort for integrated products. The deal builds upon one agreed to 15 months ago, when the two companies combined cloud offerings under their respective Cisco Unified Data Center and Microsoft Fast Track 3.0 architectures.

Written by Jim Duffy19 July 14 06:15

In Pictures: Celebrating 25 years of Cisco Networkers

This year, Cisco recognizes the 25th anniversary of its Networkers user conference. To put this run in perspective, here's a timeline of Cisco-specific events interspersed with world, national, cultural and technology milestones that occurred over this period.

Written by Jim Duffy20 May 14 08:50

Ex-Cisco CEO reflects, looks ahead on 25 years of Networkers

John Morgridge was Cisco's first CEO. He took the company public and presided over its growth until John Chambers took over as CEO in 1995. On the 25th anniversary of the Networker's user conference this week, Morgridge, 80, reflects on the past and looks ahead to the future as Cisco's Chairman Emeritus.

Written by Jim Duffy20 May 14 00:17

HP bucks up unified access line to better battle Cisco, others

HP this week at the annual Interop Las Vegas conference is rolling out extensions to its unified access wired/wireless product portfolio designed to deliver consistent operation and management across the mixed infrastructure.

Written by Jim Duffy01 April 14 02:26

Cisco's big about-face on Cloud services

Three years ago as part of a comprehensive cloud strategy, Cisco pledged to address every aspect of Cloud except services – it did not want to compete with customers.

Written by Jim Duffy24 March 14 19:24

8 Ethernet predictions for 2014

Among the many expectations for IT in 2014, Ethernet is projected to broaden its penetration in the metro area and the WAN. The ubiquitous technology will become further entrenched as a broadband access, cloud interconnect and wide area medium, further distancing itself from legacy TDM services. Here are eight predictions for Ethernet in the New Year, from service provider Comcast Business Services:

Written by Jim Duffy06 Dec. 13 15:45

10 things we learned -- or didn't -- from Cisco's Insieme launch

Cisco's introduction of the Insieme Networks product line and strategy was the most anticipated networking announcement in almost two years. It represents Cisco's response to the software-defined networking trend pervading the industry, and threatening Cisco's dominance and profits. While not a watershed moment – Insieme didn't change Cisco's modus operandii, as explained below -- Insieme is nonetheless one of the most important events and product introductions in Cisco's history. Here are 10 things we learned or have yet to learn from the Insieme launch:

Written by Jim Duffy22 Nov. 13 20:44

In Pictures: The Cisco/Insieme family

Cisco's Nexus 9000 product line, developed by spin-in Insieme Networks, is the company's response to the SDN craze

Written by Jim Duffy08 Nov. 13 08:35