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INTELLIGENCE REPORT SUMMARIES
Enterprise Networking
Date  Report
Nov 15
Ruckus Wireless has announced its new ICX7650 small core and access switch family, offering 24 ports of multi-gigabit Ethernet and 90 watts of PoE per port. The new family would fit well in an existing Ruckus switch deployment.

Nov 2
VMware has announced its intention to acquire SD-WAN vendor VeloCloud. The move expands VMware’s ability to integrate networking wherever workloads reside and apply a seamless, consistent policy. The acquisition increases competition with Cisco.

Oct 13
Cisco has improved its ACI capabilities with multi-site management and Kubernetes integration for consistent workload policies. Its security enhancements, leading to more granular policy enforcement, are important for all enterprises.

Sep 22
While the industry continues to talk up the CBRS opportunity, it’s clear that priority access licenses (a major CBRS innovation and selling point over unlicensed spectrum) won’t be available for some time. What does that mean for the band?

Sep 21
Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise launched its Stellar WLAN offering along with unified wired and wireless management with the OmniVista 2500 Network Management System. ALE can lead with either Stellar or Aruba, but should focus on its own product.

Sep 18
SD-branch is more than an extension of SD-WAN or multi-function branch-in-a-box of years past. SD-branch encompasses the virtual environment, lifecycle management, and workflows for customers to optimize branch office software and services.

Sep 15
Extreme laid out its integration roadmap involving the Fabric Connect and Fabric Attach technology acquired from Avaya. It’s an ambitious plan. This expanded report provides more details and analysis.

Sep 13
Extreme laid out its integration roadmap involving the Fabric Connect and Fabric Attach technology acquired from Avaya, starting with integration with Extreme Management and extending Fabric Attach to EXOS and its 3900 AP. It’s an ambitious plan.

Sep 6
VMware’s messaging from VMworld 2017 was very much about signaling its plans to manage enterprise workloads wherever they may reside. However, much of the product features are roadmap items showing VMware’s aspirations.

Aug 30
Nutanix’s Enterprise Cloud OS software and its strategic alliance with Google represent a strong bid for market share in the hybrid cloud solutions market, but Nutanix and Google must both now build momentum and credibility for their strategy.

Aug 22
Gluware, relaunched from Glue Networks, now offers a multi-vendor network automation and orchestration suite that aims to provide a feature-complete out-of-the-box experience. It’s a tall order, but if successful, it could change IT networking.

Aug 7
Lumina Networks launched its company with people and software assets from Brocade’s SDN software suite. The new company, funded with $10 million, comes with 200 customers, a focus on service provider clients, and a high-touch approach.

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.


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