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INTELLIGENCE REPORT SUMMARIES
Enterprise Networking
Date  Report
Jul 21
In networking, as in other aspects of IT, simpler is better. Intent-based networking, while complex under the hood, offers IT simple approaches to network management, but only if it is fully embraced. Half-hearted commitment will set IT back.

Jul 13
Viptela’s Cloud onRamp for IaaS offers the vEdge Cloud Router in AWS’s and Azure’s marketplace while Cloud onRamp for SaaS treats traffic similarly to other application traffic. Neither pushes the envelope but competitors will have to respond.

Jul 11
Intent-based networking promises to change how IT manages the network, relying on automation and dynamic reaction to configuration requests. But don’t fire your network administrators just yet; the road to IBN is still long and bumpy.

Jul 10
Cisco's enterprise security product portfolio is growing broader and deeper. It has many untapped opportunities within its grasp, but it must build better integrations and go-to-market messaging focusing on customers' desired outcomes.

Jun 29
Cisco’s new “The Network Intuitive” campaign calls for a major rethink of the network that promises self-aware infrastructure driven by business outcomes. But for that to work, Cisco will need to help customers reimagine app development itself.

Jun 27
Security, interoperability, complexity and connectivity are issues inhibiting broader IoT adoption, but as businesses seek to roll-out their IoT applications, vendors are responding quickly to improve their products, partnerships and services.

Jun 22
Cisco announced its intent-based networking initiative with new software capabilities in DNA Center, a new Catalyst 9000 switch family, and developer support in Cisco DevNet. It's an ambitious launch that will impact customers and resellers.

Jun 13
Ruckus Networks, soon to be acquired by ARRIS, launched a new AP and access switch supporting multi-gig Ethernet and additional uplink ports. It’s a small launch, but sustains the Ruckus product roadmap during the acquisition.

Jun 6
Aruba Networks’ new asset tracking product line includes Bluetooth beacons, integrated BLE support in over ten Aruba APs, and integration with Aruba’s Meridian cloud service. It is a solid offering, but competition is fierce and varied.

Jun 5
VARs, integrators and managed service providers are all vying for your SD-WAN dollars, and that makes for a complicated, dynamic and highly competitive landscape.

Jun 5
The new 8400 core and aggregation switch from Aruba Networks, an HPE company, offers high-density core and aggregation switching, bolstered by the integration-friendly ArubaOS-CX featuring deep APIs and an on-board database.

Jun 1
Cisco’s Enterprise Agreement is a cross-catalog purchase agreement covering software, hardware, support and services and includes a 20% overage allowance and no charges in arrears. It’s intended to overcome competitive license and cost objections.

May 17
Array Networks joins competitors in SD-branch appliances with its own Network Functions Platform, which is a virtualization platform consolidating network functions. The platform supports pay-as-you-grow pricing and capacity reservation.

May 11
Versa’s Cloud IP Platform offers customers, MSPs, and channel partners with a versatile foundation to develop their own managed services. The new appliances with integrated WiFi, switching and LTE further streamline branch deployments.

May 2
Cisco intends to acquire SD-WAN vendor Viptela for $610 million, but the competitive impact will take a year or more to be felt.

Apr 11
Aerohive’s MSP platform is a combination of new licensing options for the channel as well as changes to how entitlements can be applied to Aerohive hardware and software. Launching with a North American distributor is a solid proof point.

Mar 30
The IoT market continues to attract increased investment and innovation from equipment and solutions vendors, with a specific focus on micro data centers, application platforms, big data solutions, IoT security and retail-focused IoT initiatives.

Feb 28
The BIG Show is all about using technology products and services to generate sales by attracting and retaining customers. Interactive displays, cameras, location devices, and RFID will demand quick and capable networking.

Feb 24
At Cisco Live! EMEA 2017, Cisco Systems demonstrated how it is transforming into a complete enterprise IoT solutions provider. The implications of this transformation for Cisco’s networking and data center solutions are wide-ranging.

Feb 14
Riverbed is offering a consolidated SteelHead WAN optimization product with its SteelConnect SD-WAN on a single SteelHead SD family of appliances aimed for the remote office. Riverbed also announced one-click SteelConnect in Azure.

Feb 8
HPE is throwing its weight, and money, behind the Mesosphere orchestration management technology, but the causal connection to PaaS technology partner Micro Focus is unclear.

Feb 2
Cisco’s Tetration 2.0 adds application segmentation based on discovered events orchestrating policy application and enforcement on its software agents. Cisco also released a smaller Tetration-M and a virtual version for AWS.

Feb 1
Big Switch has been busy with Big Cloud Fabric 4.0 adding new capabilities for cloud networking with VMware’s vSAN, Horizon, and vSphere 6.5 as well as tech demos with container platforms from Kubernetes, Mesosphere DC/OS, and Red Hat OpenShift.

Feb 1
Aerohive Connect is a new cloud-managed service aimed at easy-to-use AP management with no recurring management costs. Connect is supported with the new AP122 and existing AP130 and comes with community support and optional telephone support.

Jan 31
Juniper’s Unite Cloud manifests with a new QFX 5110 ToR switch, enhancements to Network Director 3.0 including support for data center interconnect and Junos Fusion, and new professional services jumpstarts for Contrail.

Jan 30
Despite delivering an upbeat assessment of its hybrid cloud and hyper-converged infrastructure businesses in its Q4 and full-year 2016 results announcement, VMware must be mindful of rapidly changing market dynamics to safeguard future growth.

Jan 27
Cisco’s surprise acquisition of application performance management leader NetDynamics paves the way for the company build a literal bridge between operational and business analytics; but is Cisco ready to deliver end-to-end business optimization to its core networking customers?


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