Cisco is the enterprise and telecom networking leader, but the company's expansion into new markets such as telepresence, collaboration, video conferencing and consumer electronics may be more notable. Cisco reloads well in an economic downturn, makes smart acquisitions such as Pure Digital, WebEx and Tandberg, and plots a long-term strategic vision well.
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Cisco's 2014 security forecast eerily suggests that the massive security breach at Target was just the beginning.
Cisco says credit card data is more susceptible to interception while stored at the point-of-sale terminal, thus leaving the door open for attacks like the one on Target.
Several Cisco small business networking products have an undocumented "test interface" which could allow a LAN-based user to gain root access. Public exploit code is available.
Cisco's video conferencing software will be preloaded on Samsung's NotePRO and TabPRO tablets, further emphasizing the pro in "PRO."
Cisco has long invested in virtual desktops and now, with the help of Citrix and VMware, it's trying a new cloud-based approach.
The networking giant said the acquisition will help it better navigate mobile collaboration and cloud computing.
Cisco Systems, IBM, and Microsoft are expected to encounter problems touting their products in China over revelations concerning the U.S. government's surveillance programs. Cisco is hardest hit.
Cisco CEO John Chambers said the company was executing well and that the company's "innovation engine" was humming, but he acknowledged that "revenue growth was below our expectation."
Cisco's efforts to converge data center infrastructure worked out well and now it's trying to do something similar with applications as it delivers its answer to software defined networking.
Cisco and Mozilla reps declared that the free, open distribution of the codec enables streaming of real-time online video from the browser without plugins.
Cisco says it has a big role in the Internet of things to promote standards, networking interconnects and industry use cases.
Cisco projects that cloud network traffic will grow more than threefold by 2017. As this happens, cloud server workloads will also surpass conventional data center workloads by 2014.
Server vendors are about to be squeezed by technology buyers, who are navigating new technologies and increasingly considering options away from the traditional data center fare.
Cisco has announced the completion of the Sourcefire takeover, worth $2.7 billion.
And now that it's October, it's also prime time for the deluge of all things related to the holiday season.