Cisco has won much attention from consumer news sites since the New York Times reported Monday that the networking giant at CES next week is expected to unveil a digital stereo system that can move music wirelessly around a house, among other consumer offerings. But analysts and pundits say there are hurdles that Cisco must overcome in a market where Cisco is an unknown brand. Pundits also point to similar offerings from Sonos, Logitech and Apple.
Jonathan Greene writing in eHomeUpgrade says he’s puzzled as to “why Cisco is not simply focusing on enabling the connectivity and distribution piece on the network rather than going for the end-point.” He adds that he’d rather see “something neutral that provides access to content (and not just music btw) where I want it – whether that’s in my house or pushed out to my mobile device.” Greene also points out that Cisco will need to gain access from the very closed Apple iTunes ecosystem to make this a useful device. “So far, the standard fault of every media streamer is that it can’t play iTunes DRM … I don’t see how Cisco’s solution solves any of this,” Greene writes. Continue reading “Cisco to Introduce Digital Stereo System at CES”
All bits running over the Internet are not equal and should not be treated that way by broadband providers, despite net neutrality advocates’ calls for traffic neutral regulations, Cisco Systems said.
A huge number of Internet-connected devices with a wide variety of traffic requirements, including billions of machine-to-machine connections, will come online over the next four years, Cisco predicted in its Visual Networking Index Global Forecast and Service Adoption, released Tuesday.
“What we’re seeing is a wide range and a very diverse range of devices, applications and requirements that results in a much greater complexity of the networks,” said Robert Pepper, Cisco’s vice president for global technology policy. “The Internet of everything is here, it’s real, and it’s growing.” Continue reading “Cisco: Broadband providers should not treat all bits the same”
Cisco has announced three new technologies for its Digital Network Architecture (DNA) solution to enable network engineers, application developers, channel partners, and IT customers to embed improved and simplified security within their network infrastructure layer: Umbrella Branch, Stealthwatch Learning Network License, and Meraki MX Security Appliances with Advanced Malware Protection (AMP) and Threat Grid.
All three are designed to improve mobility and cloud security threats, according to the networking giant.
The first technology, Cisco’s Umbrella Branch cloud-delivered security software, provides businesses with increased control over guest Wi-Fi usage via content filtering. It can be activated on the Cisco Integrated Services Routers (ISR) 4,000 series, and works to filter and block malware, command and control (C2) callbacks, and phishing threats before they reach the network.
The company’s second new DNA security technology, the distributed machine-learning Cisco Stealthwatch Learning Network, was acquired as part of Cisco’s $452 million Lancope purchase. Continue reading “Cisco unveils three DNA network security technologies”
Cisco has said it will do whatever it takes, including working alongside competitors, in order to ensure that it has the best security offering that covers customers 100 percent of the time.
Admitting that the 100 percent statement is a “bold claim”, Scott Harrell, VP of Product Management in Cisco’s Security Business Group, explained that it means Cisco will provide protection for customers whether they are on business premises or working remotely.
“What we’re talking about is the fact that you as customers, you as network administrators, as partners, who are trying to find and deploy these complex networks, your problem’s not just a firewall at the edge … your problem’s more than that,” Harrell, speaking at the second day of Cisco Live Las Vegas, said.
“You have diverse infrastructures, you have campuses, you have datacentres, you have branches, you have users that are sales personnel that never come back on-prem, they spend their whole life off-prem and seldom connect back into the VPN, you have applications that you’re being pushed to move to the cloud by your line of business. Continue reading “Cisco boasts 100 percent security coverage”
Cisco aforementioned it’s noninheritable Synata, a non-public company that has technology that may boost search tools for its Spark application.
Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.
Synata’s technology permits customers to look on-premise and cloud applications from one venue. Synata are going to be integrated into Cisco Spark, that runs on the company’s collaboration cloud. Cisco’s collaboration unit has bulked up via acquisitions like Collaborate.com, Assemblage, Tropo and Acano.
Cisco’s Spark is aimed toward enterprises trying connect with customers via multiple mediums. Continue reading “Cisco buys Synata to spice up collaboration search tools”