Showing posts with label Cisco. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Cisco. Show all posts

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

John Chambers recruits Pankaj Patel to venture firm

JC2 Ventures, a venture capital established by former Cisco CEO John Chambers, appointed Pankaj Patel as Partner and Chief Strategy Officer.

Patel previously served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer for Cisco Systems, where he was responsible for running and growing multi-billion-dollar products and businesses across service provider and enterprise market segments. He reported to the CEO as the engineering head of the company’s $36.8 billion product and solution portfolio and drove the business and technology strategy across Cisco’s Routing, Switching, Wireless, Security, Mobility, Video, Collaboration, Data Center and Cloud offerings, delivered by a global team of more than 28,000 engineers. Pankaj was also responsible for defining the priorities and investment allocation of $6 billion in R&D spend annually.

“After working with Pankaj for more than 20 years, I am thrilled to have him join the JC2 Ventures team as Partner and Chief Strategy Officer,” said John Chambers, Founder and CEO of JC2 Ventures and former Executive Chairman and CEO of Cisco.

https://www.jc2ventures.com/news/2020/1/6/pankaj-patel-joins-jc2-ventures-as-partner-and-chief-strategy-officer

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Cisco amplifies legal case against former employees now at Poly

Cisco is extending its legal case agaist three former employees, James He, Wilson Chung, and Jedd Williams, who are accussed of trade secret misappropriation. Cisco filed the complaint in federal court a few weeks ago and is now amending the case to include their new employer, Poly.

In a blog post, Mark Chandler, Executive Vice President, Legal Services, and General Counsel for Cisco, says the action was taken because of Poly's "repeated efforts to receive and use Cisco trade secrets and confidential information in their business."

https://blogs.cisco.com/news/why-does-poly-protect-employees-who-took-cisco-info

Monday, December 16, 2019

Cisco to acquire Exablaze for FPGA-based solutions

Cisco agreed to acquire Exablaze, a privately-held designer and manufacturer of FPGA-based devices aimed at reducing latency and improving network performance. Financial terms were not disclosed.


Exablaze, which is based in Sydney, Australia, is focused on low-latency networking, layer 1 switching, timing and time synchronization technologies, and low-latency FPGA solutions. The company was founded in 2013. Exablaze targets applications such as high-frequency trading (HFT), financial services, high-performance computing, and emerging AI/ML clusters.

https://blogs.cisco.com/news/cisco-corporate-news-december-2019
https://exablaze.com/

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Cisco presents Silicon One engine of "Internet for the Future"

by James E. Carroll

Cisco unveiled its next generation architecture - its foundation for building a new Internet, by combining silicon, optics, and software. At its "Internet for the Future" event in San Francisco, the company also unveiled new carrier-class routers and discussed an expanded sales strategy that will allow hyperscale web companies and other customers to purchase silicon and optical components directly.

Cisco Silicon One is the new unified, programmable silicon architecture that will be the foundation of Cisco’s routing portfolio going forward, including fixed and modular platforms.  It offers programmability, buffering, power efficiency, scale, and feature flexibility.


The first Cisco Silicon One device - dubbed Q100 - surpasses the 10 Tbps routing performance, although in the near term the company expects to deliver up to 25 Tbps. Q100 actually began sampling 2 years ago and is now shipping. It offers global route scale, deep buffering, and P4 programmability with switching efficiency. It delivers 2x bandwidth and 3x packets-per-second over current routing silicon.

The new Cisco 8000 series carrier-class router is the first platform built with Cisco Silicon One, specifically the Q100. Key features include:
  • Optimized for 400 Gbps and beyond, starting at 10.8 Tbps in just a single rack unit
  • Powered by the new, cloud-enhanced Cisco IOS XR7 networking operating system software,
  • designed to simplify operations and lower operational costs
  • Offers enhanced cybersecurity with integrated trust technology for real-time insights into the trustworthiness of critical infrastructure
  • Service providers gain more bandwidth scale and programmability to deliver Tbps capacity
Saudi Arabia's STC will be the first carrier to deploy the Cisco 8000 series. Comcast and NTT Communications are also testing the platform.

The new Cisco IOS XRT promises:
  • 50% less memory footprint
  • 50% faster boot time
  • 40% smaller image sizes
  • 40% faster download
  • Root-of-trust in the hardware and a cloud-based method for verifying trust in the NOS
Silicon + Optics

Over the past few years, Cisco has been investing in silicon photonics, including its acquisitions of CoreOptics, LightWire and Luxtera.  Its acquisition of Acacia is pending -- all of which reflect the company's desire to improve the availability, capacity, density and power-efficiency, especially at 400G and above.  The strategy has 3 major themes:

  • Optical  innovations will drive architectural transitions, including coherent pluggables and co-packaging.
  • Different optical consumption model, including fully integrated systems, pluggables, and components
  • Cisco Optics on non-Cisco hosts.

In terms of the new sales model, Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins said the key idea is to provide greater flexibility in how customers consume the technology. Cisco cited Google and Facebook as partners who are interested in disaggregated solutions.

Microsoft is testing the use of its SoNIC technology in conjunction with the Cisco 8000 platform.

“Innovation requires focused investment, the right team and a culture that values imagination," said Chuck Robbins, chairman and CEO of Cisco. "We are dedicated to transforming the industry to build a new internet for the 5G era. Our latest solutions in silicon, optics and software represent the continued innovation we're driving that helps our customers stay ahead of the curve and create new, groundbreaking experiences for their customers and end users for decades to come.”



About 5 years ago, Cisco set out to design a new silicon architecture, one which could serve multiple markets and scale over time.

Eyal Dagan, SVP Silicon, Cisco, shares his views on the design philosophy of Cisco Silicon One. It was a clean sheet approach. A key question -- is it possible to create a routing chip with the efficiency of switching silicon?

https://youtu.be/P5QwOKaxRtI



Unpacking Cisco's Internet for the Future



Jonathan Davidson gives his take on Cisco's Internet for the Future event. Headlining the announcements is a Cisco Silicon One, its foundation for a new portfolio of carrier-class routers as well as future products.


https://youtu.be/FTF8RjvUTL0


Hyperscalers and Service Providers on Cisco's Future of the Internet



Cisco's Future of the Internet event in San Francisco featured a panel discussion with Comcast's Noam Raffaeli, AT&T's Chris Rice, Facebook's Dan Raniovitsj, and Microsoft's Yousef Kalidi.

Jonathan Davidson, SVP and General Manager of Cisco's Service Provider group, provides some key takeaways.

https://youtu.be/trYofSMFPaY

The design philosophy of Cisco Silicon One



About 5 years ago, Cisco set out to design a new silicon architecture, one which could serve multiple markets and scale over time.

Eyal Dagan, SVP Silicon, Cisco, shares his views on the design philosophy of Cisco Silicon One. It was a clean sheet approach. A key question -- is it possible to create a routing chip with the efficiency of switching silicon?

https://youtu.be/P5QwOKaxRtI



The 400G-ZR Transition



400G-ZR is going to shift network architectures, says Bill Gartner, SVP/GM of Cisco's Optical Systems and Optics Group. Many customers will continue to deploy chassis solutions, but others will choose pluggables in a router for coherent transmission.

Cisco is also discussing the changing consumption models for network silicon and optics as some customers seek fully disaggregated solutions.

https://youtu.be/RrKqRv8-7po

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Google acquires 3 buildings from Cisco on Tasman Dr. in San Jose

Google has acquired three office buildings from Cisco in north San Jose. The buildings are located at 175, 255 and 285 W. Tasman Drive. Financial terms were not disclosed.

According to Channel 5 KPIX, Google plans to demolish the existing structures and build a new campus at the site.

https://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2019/12/04/google-buys-cisco-buildings-continues-silicon-valley-expansion/

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Cisco ties its SD-WAN into AWS Transit Gateway

Cisco announced tighter integration between its SD-WAN and AWS Transit Gateway. The aim is to automate and manage connectivity from branches to the AWS Cloud, using the Cisco vManage SD-WAN Controller.

Network operators will be able to create end-to-end connectivity between users and cloud-hosted apps, while applying network segmentation and security policies to traffic flows. The system will also enable policy exchange between Cisco SD-WAN Controller and AWS Transit Gateway, which will allow IT teams to implement consistent network and data security rules.

Cisco also announced a second integration that extends its data center networking solution, ACI Anywhere, to AWS Outposts. Outposts are Amazon’s on-premise services for running applications that require the lowest possible latency or that have local data-processing requirements. The aim is allow customer to use Cisco’s policy-driven automation controller, ACI, to translate their business intent and policy models into consistent on-premise and cloud-native constructs that are deployed across AWS applications.

https://blogs.cisco.com/enterprise/cisco-and-aws-extend-partnership-in-campus-datacenter

Cisco expands its data center architecture with ACI Anywhere

Cisco announced a new data center architecture that extends its Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) framework into public data and its HyperFlex hyperconverged servers into branch offices. The idea is "ACI Anywhere" and "HyperFlex Anywhere."

To bring this “data center anywhere” vision to life, Cisco is introducing a range of innovations across networking, hyperconvergence, security and automation. They include:

  • The expansion of ACI into the cloud with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure environments. ACI is Cisco’s intent-based networking solution for the data center. It integrates with all hypervisors and container frameworks on which applications are deployed. With ACI Anywhere, that journey extends ACI to any workload, any location, any cloud. Virtual ACI already supports bare-metal clouds and remote edge locations. And now with the new Cloud ACI capabilities, Cisco extends automation, management, and security to AWS and Microsoft Azure by fully integrating with their Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) environments.  This will be available in Q2.
  • The extension of HyperFlex into branch offices and remote locations to power applications at the edge. Cisco said this allows customers to seamlessly extend computing and storage from their core data centers to the edges of their operations. This will be available in Q2.
  • Enhancements to CloudCenter to help customers manage the lifecycle of applications across multiple cloud environments.  The new CloudCenter Suite now features full application lifecycle management, greater workflow automation, and significantly enhanced cost optimization and governance.
  • A simpler way for customers to buy and manage the technology across the entire data center architecture, via a single Enterprise Agreement.


Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Cisco posts revenue of $13.2 billion, up 2% yoy

Cisco reported revenue of $13.2 billion for the first quarter of its FY20, up 2% year-over-year, with product revenue up 1% and service revenue up 4%.  On a GAAP basis, total gross margin, product gross margin, and service gross margin were each 64.3%, as compared with 62.3%, 61.6%, and 64.6%, respectively, in the first quarter of fiscal 2019. GAAP operating income was $3.6 billion, down 6%, with GAAP operating margin of 27.2%. Non-GAAP operating
income was $4.4 billion, up 6%, with non-GAAP operating margin at 33.6%.

"We delivered a solid quarter against a challenging macro environment," said Chuck Robbins, chairman and CEO of Cisco. "We're focused on continuing to drive innovation, transform our business and exceed our customers' expectations."

Revenue by geographic segment was: Americas up 4%, EMEA up 4%, and APJC down 8%. Product revenue was led by growth in Security, up 22% and Applications, up 6%. Infrastructure Platforms was down 1%.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Cisco: IT must align networking to business strategy

IT teams need to pivot from being consumed with maintaining the status quo to becoming an enabler of new business innovation, according to a survey conducted by Cisco of over 2000 IT leaders and network strategists.

"IT teams today are running complex mission critical networks that are increasingly capable of providing rich data. But using that data to improve the operations, security, or business impact of the network requires new tools. That's why IT teams are embracing intent-based networking, AI and machine learning — because the business demands it," said Scott Harrell, SVP and GM, Cisco Enterprise Networking.


Some highlights from Cisco's Global Networking Trends Report and Survey:

IT leaders expect new wireless technologies, IoT and AI-enabled operations, threat detection and remediation to have the biggest impact on their network strategy and design over the next five years.

The top priority for global IT leaders and network strategists is to maximize the business value of IT and more closely align to business needs.

  • Almost 40 percent of IT leaders named maximizing IT’s business value as their number one priority, higher than simplifying operations, optimizing employee productivity and minimizing security events.
  • In order to achieve this, leaders and strategists believe investing in AI technologies is crucial. Almost 50 percent of network strategists believe increasing the use of analytics and AI will help enable the ideal network.

Intent-based networking is coming, allowing organizations to build on their software-defined networking foundations.

  • 41 percent of those surveyed claim to have at least one instance of SDN in at least one of their network domains.
  • Only 4 percent of respondents believe their networks have moved beyond software-defined and are intent-based today. However, 35 percent believe their networks will be fully intent-based in two years’ time.
  • When asked to indicate where on Cisco’s Digital Network Readiness Model their networks currently operate, only 28 percent indicated they’ve reached a service-driven or intent-based network. However, when asked where their networks will be in two years, 78 respondents believed they would move beyond software-defined towards service-driven and intent-based networks.  

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Telenor Norway to deploy Cisco for 5G NSA core

Telenor Norway has selected Cisco for its 5G non-standalone (NSA) mobile core network.

Cisco has provided core technology to Telenor Norway's 3G and 4G networks since 2010.

“5G NSA is an important step on the road to a fully operational, standalone 5G network that will allow Telenor to enable real-time applications across verticals such as telemedicine, transportation and commercial/industrial, with low latency,” said Jonathan Davidson, senior vice president and general manager, Service Provider Business, Cisco. “Our long-standing partnership validates our unique ability to provide innovative networking solutions that scale to support and benefit Telenor's customers in the 5G era.”

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

KDDI implements Cisco's Virtualized Packet Core for 5G

KDDI Corporation of Japan is using a broad mix of Cisco’s 5G Now portfolio beginning with the Cisco Virtualized Packet Core at the heart of the network, and Control and User Plane Separation (CUPS) architecture.

Cisco also confirmed that it is currently working with over 100 of the nearly 300 operators globally that have either launched, demonstrated, or are field trialing 5G.

“As a visionary company that contributes to the sustainable growth of society, KDDI is making the right decision to evolve to a virtualized, cloud-powered architecture in prep for 5G,” said Jonathan Davidson, senior vice president and general manager, Service Provider Business, Cisco. “With this new innovation, KDDI will have the right foundation in place to offer its business, industrial and consumer customers faster, reliable connections and all the new, elevated experiences to come with the 5G era.”

Monday, October 7, 2019

du integrates Cisco Viptela SD-WAN

UAE-based du has integrated the Cisco Viptela SD-WAN platform into its telco cloud and will now offer SD-WAN service.

du says that by structuring their network, applications, and cloud under a single management interface, clients can now experience an end-to-end unified cloud solution that provides complete application visibility and total control of their enterprise networks.

Monday, September 30, 2019

Intel appoints Karen Walker as CMO

Intel has appointed Karen Walker as senior vice president and chief marketing officer (CMO), effective Oct. 23.

Walker will oversee Intel’s global marketing group and be responsible for building and strengthening Intel’s brand, supporting growth strategies, cultivating opportunities in new and existing markets, and increasing demand for Intel’s products and solutions globally.

Walker joins Intel from Cisco, where she was chief marketing officer since 2015. In that role, she helped lead the company’s evolution to a hybrid business model selling hardware, software, services and software as a service (SaaS) solutions. At Cisco she transformed the marketing function, helping to increase the company’s brand value. Before Cisco, Walker also worked at Hewlett-Packard, where she held both business and consumer leadership positions.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Cisco's NCS 1004 platform tested over MAREA subsea cable

Cisco's NCS 1004 platform was successfully tested over MAREA, the 6,600 km subsea cable system connecting the United States to southern Europe (Virginia Beach, Virginia to Bilbao, Spain).

Several channel capacity combinations were tested to maximize the performance and spectral efficiency on the cable. For the Virginia to Bilbao trial, 400G error-free performance was demonstrated; channels with record spectral efficiency of 6.445 b/s/Hz were achieved, while 4.52b/s/Hz spectral efficiency was tested on the looped back scenario of over 13,200km.

Cisco also said the test simulated transpacific distances via loopback on one end of the cable.

“We demonstrated that 24.7Tbps could be used on MAREA with plenty of margin. We also tested in full loopback mode (Bilbao to Virginia and back to Bilbao) showing that 18.5Tbps could be deployed for double the distance, also with plenty of system margin,” said Bill Gartner, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Optical Systems and Optics, Cisco.

https://newsroom.cisco.com/press-release-content?type=webcontent&articleId=2020401

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Progress Update: MEF LSO Sonata APIs for Inter-Provider Service Automation



MEF Annual Meeting – July/August 2019, David Ball, Principal Engineer, Cisco and LSO Committee Co-Chair, MEF, shares a progress update on the standardization of LSO Sonata APIs used for inter-provider service automation.

“LSO is going to be the biggest thing that helps transform the industry over the next few years. It’s really exciting to be part of this thing that’s so needed to help service providers integrate with each other and speed up the way that they can deliver services to their end users. LSO Sonata is the API that is key to that.”

LSO Sonata APIs relate to the interface reference point within MEF’s LSO Reference Architecture (MEF 55) that supports business-to-business interactions between service providers.  The full suite of planned LSO Sonata APIs deals with serviceability (address validation, site queries, product offering qualification), product inventory, quoting, ordering, trouble ticketing, contracts, and billing.

In June 2019, MEF introduced LSO Sonata SDK (Software Development Kit) Release 3, which includes a set of deliverables that enable market adoption of LSO Sonata APIs for serviceability (address validation, site queries, and product offering qualification), product inventory, quoting, and ordering. The SDK includes published and draft standards listed below covering business requirements, use cases, and attributes that serve as the basis for the associated APIs and data models. Available on the MEF public GitHub (https://github.com/MEF-GIT/MEF-LSO-Sonata-SDK), the SDK also includes Swagger data models, product payload specifications composed of MEF 3.0 services, and other artifacts that enable a developer to rapidly build out these Sonata LSO APIs within their business systems.
  • Ethernet Ordering Technical Standard: Business Requirements and Use Cases (MEF 57.1)
  • Address, Service Site, and Product Offering Qualification Management: Requirements and Use Cases (MEF 79 Draft Standard)
  • Quote Management: Requirements and Use Cases (MEF 80 Draft Standard)
  • Product Inventory Management: Requirements and Use Cases (MEF 81 Draft Standard) 

 To learn more about MEF LSO Sonata APIs for inter-provider service automation, download this FAQ document:  https://www.mef.net/images/LSO-Sonata-FAQ-August-2019.pdf

To explore the latest on LSO innovations and engage with industry-leading service and technology experts, attend MEF19 (http://www.MEF19.com), held 18-22 November 2019 in Los Angeles, California.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

CBTS delivers Cisco SD-WAN

CBTS (formerly Cincinnati Bell Technology Solutions) is now offering Cisco SD-WAN as a Service.

CBTS is leveraging SD-WAN technology to support more than 600 customers and 4,000 networks that stretch over eight countries.

CBTS notes that it is the first Cisco Cloud and Managed Services Provider Master partner to hold designations for five strategic Cisco Powered services:

  • Cloud Managed SD-WAN
  • Webex Service Provider
  • Cloud Calling
  • Cloud Managed Access
  • Cloud Managed Security

“CBTS values its strong partnership with Cisco, and we are proud to add Cisco SD-WAN as Service to our suite of communications solutions and products,” said Joe Putnick, Vice President and Principal of the CBTS Communications Practice. “This is another powerful solution that will help our clients support customers, empower employees, and drive business outcomes in a cost-efficient manner.”



Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Cisco to boost Webex with acquisition of Voicea for meeting transcriptions

Cisco agreed to acquire Voicea, a start-up offering an AI-powered meeting transcription service. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Voicea, which is based in Mountain View, California, is the creator of a real-time solution that provides meeting transcription, voice search, and meeting highlights/action items, with robust data privacy. 

Cisco said the Voicea technology will enhance its Webex portfolio of products. The acquisition is expected to close in the first quarter of Cisco's fiscal year 2020, subject to customary closing conditions and required regulatory approvals.The Voicea team will join the Webex portfolio team, led by Sri Srinivasan, Senior Vice President and General Manager.

Cisco notes that more than 130 million people use Webex every month, and that more than 360 million meetings happen on Webex each year.


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