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INTELLIGENCE REPORT SUMMARIES
Enterprise Networking
Date  Report
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?

Jan 20
Having failed to restructure its balance sheet, Avaya have finally filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy. With continuing plans to transition to a software and services company, control over major decisions is now relinquished to the bankruptcy court.

Jan 18
The National Retail Federation’s 2017 Big Show was a hit in NYC, filling up the Javits convention center. One common theme was understanding the customer, but tracking people is less effective than tracking products.

Dec 28 2016
We look forward with our top 2017 predictions, uncovering a rapidly changing landscape for IT professionals, who will see vendors move further away from products as discrete entities, and toward extensible, orchestrated, cloud-savvy services.

Dec 28 2016
Despite launching new Dell Technologies group solutions, Dell EMC will continue partnering with competitors such as Cisco and Nutanix to maximize customer choice and succeed in the growing market for converged and hyper-converged infrastructure.

Dec 22 2016
Micro data centers represent a technological and strategic response to the growing need for distributed IT and edge computing. IT vendors such as HPE and Huawei have already responded to the opportunities, and others are expected to follow suit.

Dec 16 2016
Hewlett Packard Enterprise partnered with Schneider Electric to launch a micro data center for distributed IT and edge computing. Although HPE Micro Datacenter will benefit both partners, expect increasing competition from this market segment.

Dec 14 2016
The IoT market is heating up as barriers drop, stemming from innovation driving new solutions around edge-based gateways, key messaging/networking protocols, device security, and integration/API solutions.

Dec 14 2016
Despite HPE’s proclamation of a major milestone for its research project “The Machine,” which promises to transform future computing and data center architectures, delivery timeframes and future goals remain considerable and ambitious.

Nov 22 2016
The newly established “Zero Outage Industry Standard” association aims to produce new industry-wide standards that enable the continuous operation of IT systems. Long-term success depends on galvanizing support beyond its immediate membership.

Nov 11 2016
The future of wireless networking lies not with commodity hardware, but with software and services that simplify management and allow customers to integrate network information into better experiences.

Nov 2 2016
Broadcom is acquiring Brocade primarily for the fiber channel SAN assets, engineering, and intellectual property. Broadcom will be divesting the IP Networking business as soon as it can to avoid competition with its OEM and ODM customers.

Nov 1 2016
Enterprise SDN products have yet to see the rapid pace of adoption vendors and forecasters would like to see. The number of customers announced by Cisco and VMware is telling, as vendors are still trying to attract developers and generate momentum.

Oct 27 2016
Extreme extended its ExtremeWireless portfolio with the AP3912i wall plate AP and the AP3916i Surveillance AP offering dial 802.11 radios plus a third for IoT connectivity over BLE or 802.15.4, making the APs ready for smart building IoT.

Oct 27 2016
Nuage Networks launched its eXperience cloud service, making it easy for current and existing customers as well as developers to test its SDN products at no cost. Nuage also plans to expand the service, adding more products and capabilities.

Oct 25 2016
SD-WAN is a rapidly evolving product segment with new entrants vying for customer dollars. The competitive landscape includes vendors, managed service providers, VARs, and integrators, leaving enterprises with plenty of purchasing options.

Oct 21 2016
Enterprise switching never sleeps. Networking vendors are addressing customer demands with better management, more reliance on integration and automating workflows. Cloud management for wired and wireless is developing as a viable alternative.

Oct 12 2016
Citrix enhanced its NetScaler SD-WAN 9.1 product, making it a drop-in replacement for branch routing with support for BGP and OSPF on the LAN and WAN, as well as adding virtual router support for segmentation and integration with cloud services.

Oct 6 2016
Avaya’s Cloud Networking Platform supports its APs and offers zero-touch provisioning, a customizable management portal, and comparable licensing. Together, it forms a good foundation for Avaya, but competitors still have the advantage.

Oct 6 2016
Immediate dismissal of new technology is a drag on IT progressing and meeting the changing demands of the enterprise. Negativity can be insidious and yet accepted. Learn to recognize it and address it; your users will thank you.


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