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

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Cisco cuts revenue outlook to (1)% to (5.5)% decline

Citing solid demand and a $15 billion order backlog, Cisco reported $12.8 billion in revenue for its third quarter of fiscal 2022, flat year over year; GAAP EPS $0.73, up 7% year over year, and Non-GAAP EPS $0.87, up 5% year over year.  

The top-line revenue number missed earlier guidance of $13.34 billion.

  • Total revenue was flat at $12.8 billion, with product revenue up 3% and service revenue down 8%. 
  • Revenue by geographic segment was: Americas up 5%, EMEA down 6%, and APJC down 6%. 
  • Product revenue performance was led by growth in Secure, Agile Networks up 4%, Internet for the Future up 6%, End-to-End Security up 7%, and Optimized Application Experiences up 8%. Collaboration was down 7%.

Cisco also cited progress on business model transformation with total Annualized Recurring Revenue (ARR) at $22.4 billion in the third quarter of fiscal 2022, up 11% year over year.

However, Cisco trimmed its Q4 guidance to the following:  

  • Revenue: (1)% to (5.5)% decline year over year
  • Earnings per Share: GAAP: $0.60 to $0.70; Non-GAAP: $0.76 to $0.84

FY 2022 Guidance:

  • Revenue: 2% to 3% growth year over year
  • Earnings per Share: GAAP: $2.75 to $2.85; Non-GAAP: $3.29 to $3.37

"We continued to see solid demand for our technologies and our business transformation is progressing well," said Chuck Robbins, chair and CEO of Cisco. "While Covid lockdowns in China and the war in Ukraine impacted our revenue in the quarter, the fundamental drivers across our business are strong and we remain confident in the long term."

"We delivered healthy earnings despite unanticipated disruptions through strong pricing and disciplined spend management," said Scott Herren, CFO of Cisco. "Our product backlog is well over $15 billion and product ARR and RPO again grew double digits. The continued progress in our business model transformation reflects the success of our strategy and underpins our long-term confidence."

https://newsroom.cisco.com/c/r/newsroom/en/us/a/y2022/m05/cisco-reports-third-quarter-fy2022-earnings.html


Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Cisco tunes its predictive analytics engine

Cisco is bringing together new predictive technologies with its broad portfolio of observability, visibility and intelligence technologies to improve reliability and performance across all operational scenarios. 

The idea is to offer a predictive analytics engine that leverages telemetry data with predictive models developed with customers across a variety of industry segments to predict user experience issues, providing problem solving options. 

“The future of connectivity will rely on self-healing networks that can learn, predict and plan,” said Chuck Robbins, Chair and CEO, Cisco. “Our research for predictive networks has been tested and developed with customers, and early adopters are seeing major benefits saving them time and money. The industry has been waiting for secure, proactive networking and only Cisco can do it right.”

https://www.cisco.com/c/m/en_us/solutions/predictive-networks/index.html

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Comcast Business adds Cisco SD-WAN powered by Viptela

Comcast Business has begun offering Cisco SD-WAN powered by Viptela under its managed SD-WAN solutions portfolio. The collaboration expands Comcast Business’s ability to provide enterprise customers with comprehensive, global secure networking solutions with Ethernet, SD-WAN and security solutions – regardless of their existing infrastructure or vendor relationships.

Cisco SD-WAN powered by Viptela integrates cloud optimization, security, and advanced analytics. The solution enables micro-segmentation and identity-based policy management, extended end-to-end visibility into network health and performance, and integrated 4G LTE and 5G connectivity functionality.

“The expansion of our strategic partnership with Cisco to include Cisco SD-WAN allows us to offer our enterprise customers a broad portfolio of secure network solutions aligned to their unique needs and infrastructure requirements,” said Amit Verma, Vice President, Solutions Engineering and Technology, Comcast Business. “Our open, vendor-agnostic strategy combined with our access to affordable, reliable broadband technology, allows us to craft a solution that leverages the right mix of access technologies to help enterprises meet their objectives and simplify network management operations.”

“As businesses evolve their hybrid work models, IT leaders are being asked to extend the enterprise network to employees anywhere and ensure delivery of consistent application experiences to any location,” said JL Valente, Vice President, Product Management, Enterprise Routing and SD-WAN at Cisco. “Working with Comcast Business to offer advanced managed SD-WAN services based on Cisco technology demonstrates our continued commitment to help customers simplify their goal of providing secure access and the best user experience when connecting to cloud applications.”

In addition, the Comcast Business and Cisco managed services portfolio includes Cisco SD-WAN powered by Meraki and Comcast Business Teleworker VPN with Cisco Meraki.


Redefining the Perimeter with SD-WAN and SASE

 https://youtu.be/Zi1WGo58_xoWith the hybrid work environment, the convergence of security and networking has never been more present. In this video, Jeff Lewis, Vice President, Software Defined Networking – Products, Solutions and Operations at Comcast Business, discusses the evolution in the SD-WAN space and how the edge perimeter is being redefined with SA...


Monday, February 28, 2022

Cisco enhances IoT Control Center subscription service for operators

Cisco is rolling out advancements to its internet of things (IoT) portfolio for service provider customers.

Cisco IoT Control Center, which is delivered as a subscription service, now offers a new simplified and secure connectivity management package purpose-built for lower complexity IoT devices. Cisco IoT Control Center manages nearly 200 million devices today, across all licensed cellular networks (LPWAN/4G/5G).

Cisco says its new offer reduces connectivity management complexity and costs, enabling service providers to drive new revenue streams and capitalize on new Mass IoT market opportunities.

"We strive to help our service provider customers enable new services and business outcomes for Mass IoT to simplify data collection from millions of devices," said Masum Mir, Vice President and General Manager, Cable, Mobile and IoT, Cisco. "With these enhancements to Cisco IoT Control Center, our customers can expand into the LPWAN market using a proven platform to help a broad range of growing industries realize what the future of mobile IoT can do to transform their business."

Thursday, February 3, 2022

Cisco unveils Wi-Fi 6E APs, Private 5G, Catalyst campus switches

by James E. Carroll

Cisco announced a set of new wireless networking and access innovations designed to power hybrid work, including the following:

Wi-Fi 6E (Catalyst 9136 and Meraki MR57) products designed for hybrid business environments requiring capacity that exceeds gigabit performance. 

Cisco Private 5G: a managed service delivered with global service provider and technology partners, including NTT and Logicalis as the first two announced partners. Cisco will provide a full-stack solution capable of scaling to 400 million users. he cloud management leverages the Cisco IoT Control Center.  

Catalyst 9000X Switches: New Catalyst 9000X models extend the switching family and deliver the backbone that provides the speed, bandwidth capacity, and scale needed to support 100G/400G network access for transitions to hybrid work in the campus and extending the branch with zero trust security and power efficiency.

Introduction of Cisco Silicon One to the Catalyst Switching Portfolio: Cisco Silicon One, originally deployed in web scale and service provider networks, continues to prove its capabilities and programming flexibility to support networking innovation across enterprise networks. The new Catalyst 9500X and 9600X Series switches are powered by the Cisco Silicon One Q200.



“Hybrid work doesn’t work without the network,” said Todd Nightingale, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Enterprise Networking and Cloud, Cisco. “The capabilities of the network empower the capabilities of the workforce. These launches, powered by Silicon One, make hybrid work possible with unprecedented power, reliability, and most importantly, the agility needed to continue to adapt and change with our teams.”

https://newsroom.cisco.com/press-release-content?type=webcontent&articleId=2218514





Thursday, December 2, 2021

Verizon Business adds Cisco managed SD WAN services

Verizon Business has added Cisco managed SD WAN service, including options for 4G/5G connectivity, to its Network as a Service (NaaS) digitization portfolio.

The new solutions include:

  • Managed Cisco SD WAN for the Cisco Catalyst 8000 Edge Platforms Family, and Integrated Services Router (ISR) 1000 and 4000 series, including management of the Cisco cellular Pluggable Interface Modules (PIM), and Cisco Catalyst Cellular Gateways. This new offer supports 4G and 5G cellular for gigabit connectivity to distributed cloud workloads. For a limited time, Verizon will provide customers one free Cisco Catalyst Cellular Gateway with each new Cisco SD WAN 3-year device license purchase.
  • Verizon is delivering a Cisco SD WAN performance suite including Cisco Umbrella for cloud security, Duo for zero trust application access, and Thousand Eyes for network observability. This suite delivers the protection and visibility to enhance SD WAN security and performance while reducing customer costs.
  • Cloud collaboration services with carrier-grade quality, reliability and security via Verizon’s fully private connection to Cisco Webex Calling and Webex Contact Center. Customers can capitalize on this private integration through wireline and wireless networks with Verizon Private IP and Verizon Wireless Private Network Traffic Management.

"In a hybrid work world, application performance and security are critical. We are committed to making it simpler for IT teams to deliver the best customer experiences,” said Todd Nightingale, EVP and GM, Enterprise Networking and Cloud, Cisco. “Verizon’s new Cisco managed SD WAN offer delivers cloud security and 5G capabilities, reduces complexity for customers, and enables private network connections to Cisco's Webex service cloud."

“Organizations are challenged with finding flexible and secure networking solutions that enable the rapid transition to hybrid cloud and hybrid work while maximizing application performance for their users,” said Massimo Peselli, senior vice president, Global Enterprise, Verizon Business. “The addition of these Cisco solutions builds on our longstanding history of co-innovation and provides customers with the agility and scalability to meet today’s needs while future-proofing their operations.”

https://www.verizon.com/about/news/verizon-business-cisco-enterprise-service-offerings

Verizon to deliver global SD-WAN for FM Logistic

Verizon Business has been selected by FM Logistic, an international supplier of supply chain services with a strong customer base in the consumer goods, retail, cosmetic, industrial and health sectors. It employs more than 27,200 people.The secure SD WAN network will run across FM Logistic’s operations in 14 countries and is a fundamental part of the company’s growth and ongoing digital transformation.“With new digital applications on the horizon...

Verizon Business adds Fortinet to its SD-WAN portfolio

Verizon Business has added Fortinet Secure SD WAN to its global SD WAN offering.“The quick transition to hybrid and/or remote working models opened new avenues for cyber threat actors,” said Sampath Sowmyanarayan, Chief Revenue Officer for Verizon Business. “Solutions like Verizon’s Software Defined Secure Branch with Fortinet add those layers of security that help safeguard your employees, your business and ultimately your customers against cyberattacks.” Fortinet...


Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Cisco posts $12.9 billion in revenue, up 8% year over year

Cisco reported Q1 FY22 total revenue of $12.9 billion, up 8% year-over-year, with product revenue up 11% and service revenue up 1%. Earnings per Share were: GAAP $0.70 and Non-GAAP $0.82. On a GAAP basis, total gross margin, product gross margin, and service gross margin were 62.4%, 61.5%, and 65.2%, respectively. 

"In Q1, we had robust growth and continued strong demand despite the very dynamic supply environment," said Chuck Robbins, Chair and CEO of Cisco. "Cisco's technology sits at the heart of the accelerated digital transformation happening today. Our breakthrough innovation, strong demand, and the success of our business transformation position us well for another year of growth in fiscal 2022."

Some highlights:

  • Revenue by geographic segment was: Americas up 5%, EMEA up 11%, and APJC up 15%. 
  • Product revenue performance was led by growth in Secure, Agile Networks up 10%, Internet for the Future up 46%, End-to-End Security up 4%, and Optimized Application Experiences up 18%. 
  • Hybrid Work was down 7%, as compared with 63.6%, 62.7%, and 65.8%, respectively, in the first quarter of fiscal 2021.
  • Software revenue of $3.7 billion, with 80% sold as a subscription
  • Cisco noted ongoing supply chain constraints yet said it was able to preserve healthy margins even though it has paid significantly higher logistics costs to get critical components to where they are needed. The company also said it has raised prices to offset its increased costs.

https://investor.cisco.com/events/event-details/2021/Cisco-Q1FY22-Earnings-Conference-Call/default.aspx

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

DISH Wireless and Cisco target 5G enterprise services

DISH Wireless and Cisco announced a strategic agreement focused on enterprise 5G services in the United States. Some highlights:

  • Go-to-market strategy: DISH will participate in Cisco’s Reseller and Managed Services Program
  • Deployment of an intelligent transport network: Cisco is helping to plan, design and deliver an open, cloud-based network that will predict, self-heal and self-optimize with closed-loop automation for transport network slicing. 
  • Co-innovation on virtual routing:  DISH’s 5G network will be powered with fully automated Cisco XRv9K virtualized routers running on AWS, along with virtual Cell Site Routers (vCSR) at the tower. 
  • New operational models: Cisco is helping DISH build out a lean, world-class DevOps organization that drives automation and improves operational efficiency leading to faster time-to-market with new services, speed to revenue and return on investments. Key outcomes are CI/CD testing and zero-touch onboarding to enable DISH to quickly go from development to pre-production, as well as staging and testing directly to production. 
  • Technology:  Cisco will support DISH with the following: IOS-XR operating system for 5G, backhaul and fronthaul transport via Cisco NCS series routers, segment routing for automated traffic management and network slicing, Nexus 9000 series with an Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) fabric for data center switching, and Cisco Crosswork Network Controller as the transport domain controller including automated service provisioning and assurance.  

“Cisco and DISH are disrupting the mobile and enterprise markets by launching cloud-powered 5G services in record time through innovative technologies, fostering new application development and improving the overall customer experience,” said Chuck Robbins, Chairman and CEO, Cisco. “Together, we look forward to helping businesses across industries transform their networks to support the evolution of hybrid work models, the transition to Network as a Service (NaaS) offers, and the expansion into new markets including IoT.”

“DISH has compiled an outstanding roster of partners in the wireless industry, and Cisco is a key player helping us launch a customizable, automated, 5G network optimized for enterprise performance,” said Charlie Ergen, Chairman, DISH. “Working with Cisco is central to achieving our goal of delivering a best-in-class experience for enterprises. Our ability to continually drive value and enhance capabilities for our customers is a key differentiator for DISH and positions us to disrupt the industry with more innovation, speed, agility and security.”



Sunday, November 14, 2021

AT&T Cybersecurity delivers new managed SASE with Cisco

AT&T is expanding its global, managed Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) portfolio with a new offering powered by Cisco.

AT&T SASE with Cisco is a converged network and security management solution that connects and protects enterprises with SD-WAN and security capabilities. The service includes expert policy design and configuration, and 24/7 network management.  

AT&T SASE with Cisco is immediately available through AT&T Business.   

Rupesh Chokshi, VP, AT&T Cybersecurity, states: "As a leading MSSP and trusted advisor, it’s important to provide customers with a choice of managed SASE solutions to meet their unique needs. Through our collaboration with Cisco, we’re offering an integrated, modern solution that addresses the connectivity and security demands of a multi-cloud, network environment while enabling innovation." 

Shailaja Shankar, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Cisco Security Business Group, states: "The shift to remote work has accelerated the need for SASE solutions so that users and devices are secure anywhere they work.  The AT&T SASE with Cisco offer will provide customers with an innovative way to gain seamless, secure access to any application, from any location in a way that is straightforward to procure, easy to set up, and simple to use and manage through a single cloud dashboard." 

https://cybersecurity.att.com/products/sase-with-cisco

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Meta deploys Cisco for Wedge400C Top of Rack (TOR) switch

At the tenth annual OCP Summit in San Jose, Cisco confirmed that Meta is deploying its Cisco Silicon One Q200L device along with the Wedge400C Top of Rack (TOR) switch. Cisco Q200L uses 7nm technology to provide a 12.8 Tbps solution for web scale switching and routing. The 12.8 Tbps Wedge400C supports up to 16 ports of 400G and 32 ports of 200G.

Meta worked with Cisco to develop and deploy two new next-generation TOR switches. The latest versions of Meta’s Wedge TOR, the Wedge 400 and 400C, offer higher front panel port density, and greater performance for AI and machine learning applications, while also enabling future expansions. The Wedge 400 and 400C have several improvements over the Wedge 100S, including 4x the switching capacity (upgraded from 3.2 Tbps to 12.8 Tbps), 8x the burst absorption performance, and a field-replaceable CPU subsystem.

“Cisco Silicon One is uniquely positioned in the industry to provide a common architecture across the entire network, enabling massive operational efficiencies for our customers,” said Rakesh Chopra, Cisco Fellow, Common Hardware Group Architecture and Platforming, Cisco. “The Q200L is an important part of Cisco’s expanding Silicon One product family and as part of our overall disagg component model, it provides Meta a building block to innovate on top of, at hyperscale efficiency and scale.”

https://newsroom.cisco.com/press-release-content?type=webcontent&articleId=2207937

Monday, October 25, 2021

Cisco's P100 routing silicon brings 112G SerDes and 19.2 Tbps capacity

Cisco has begun sampling its latest P100 routing silicon, the 11th device in the Cisco Silicon One family which debuted in December 2019.

The 7nm Cisco Silicon One P100 boasts the industry’s first 112G Serializer/Deserializer (SerDes) high bandwidth routing silicon, achieving full-duplex 19.2 Tbps of capacity. It features Cisco's second-generation P4 run-to-completion engine coupled with large table scale and deep buffers.

Cisco says its P100 device enables a true single flow 1.6 Tbps port allowing for optimal link utilization for high bandwidth point-to-point connections. It can be used to create a 28.8 Tbps, 36 port QSFP-DD800 line card. It could also be used for a single rack unit 24 port QSFP-DD800 system or a two-rack unit 48 port QSFP-DD56 system. 

https://blogs.cisco.com/sp/ciscosilicononep100announcement

DT runs with Cisco 8000 Series routers

One year after introducing its 8000 Series routers, Cisco confirmed that Deutsche Telekom (DT) has now deployed the new platforms, which feature Cisco Silicon One Q200 series chips, to boost its network performance and reach – now supporting 246M mobile customers, more than 27 million fixed-network lines and 22 million broadband lines. Deutsche Telekom worked closely with Cisco to move from redesign to full provisioning in under four monthsThe...

Cisco unveils Routed Optical Networking

Cisco announced a number of  Internet infrastructure products and technologies including a new Routed Optical Networking solution featuring Acacia pluggable optics and Cisco’s full mass-scale routing portfolio. The company claims its integration of routing and optics will lead to savings of up to 46% over traditional, layered IP + optical product architecture.

At its virtual Cisco Live! event, the company said Acacia’s pluggable coherent optics, advancements in Segment Routing and Ethernet VPN, and new Cisco Crosswork Cloud capabilities will lead to greater efficiency for service providers and web scale companies such as Airtel, Altibox, Eolo, Facebook, Google Cloud, Rakuten Mobile, SFR, Telenor, Telia Carrier, Telstra, Websprix, etc.

Here are some highlights of the announcements

Cisco Silicon One - Cisco first introduced its programmable networking silicon architecture in 2019. The company has now expanded the Cisco Silicon One platform from a routing-focused solution to one which also addresses the web-scale switching market, offering ten networking chips (devices) ranging from 3.2 Tbps to 25.6 Tbps.

Subscriber Management - Cisco is introducing its new Cisco Cloud Native Broadband Network Gateway for telco customers (wireline), joining the Cisco family of existing cloud native broadband routers for cable and mobile. It paves the way for convergence to a unified subscriber management solution, bringing further simplification and efficiency while enabling service providers to offer truly access-agnostic services independent from where people use these services.  

Routing for the Access, Aggregation, Edge, and Core 

  • Cisco’s latest 8000 family of routers now features Cisco Silicon One Q200 series chips offering up to 14.4 Tbps total capacity, enabling 32 and 64 x 100G web-scale switches.
  • Introducing powerful new line cards and chassis for the Cisco Aggregated Service Router (ASR) 9000 series and Network Convergence System (NCS) 500 and 5500 series routers providing increased capacity with capital and operational cost savings
  • New Crosswork Network Controller (CNC) features help customers operate the Cisco Routed Optical Networking solution

Cisco Crosswork Cloud - new application called Traffic Analysis offers a comprehensive view across network peering points. With this insight

Cisco Business Critical Services - design and consulting services to help customers adopt Cisco's Routed Optical Networking and Cloud Native Broadband solutions. 

“Cisco has spent the last five years researching and investing in this portfolio of innovation, focusing on how to help our customers deliver the best internet while being able to grow revenue, reduce their costs and mitigate risk,” said Jonathan Davidson, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Mass-Scale Infrastructure Group, Cisco. “By helping our customers make the right decisions for their networks today, we are setting the world up for success, to connect more people, places and things than ever before. We can all look back on this point in time in the next ten years and celebrate how we rose to the challenge and did the right thing to take care of the internet.”

https://newsroom.cisco.com/press-release-content?type=webcontent&articleId=2150473

Lumen expands UC sales with Cisco

Lumen Technologies and Cisco expanded their partnership to include a new offering: Lumen Solutions for Cisco Unified Communications Manager Cloud (UCMC). This new product pairs Cisco's most advanced, cloud-based collaboration services with Lumen's fiber network. The product especially targets businesses that have already invested in Cisco Webex, or those that are considering it.


"Because of the pandemic, enterprises all around the world have realized that the future of work includes remote and hybrid environments, so they are investing heavily in cloud solutions that integrate calling, conferencing, file sharing, and software applications," said Scott Velting, Lumen vice president of product management, voice and collaboration solutions. "Our expanded partnership with Cisco will enable current and future users of Cisco Webex to deploy flexible, agile, and efficient collaboration technologies without large capital investments, ongoing maintenance, or high IT expenses for staffing and training."

https://news.lumen.com/

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

DT runs with Cisco 8000 Series routers

One year after introducing its 8000 Series routers, Cisco confirmed that Deutsche Telekom (DT) has now deployed the new platforms, which feature Cisco Silicon One Q200 series chips, to boost its network performance and reach – now supporting 246M mobile customers, more than 27 million fixed-network lines and 22 million broadband lines. 

Deutsche Telekom worked closely with Cisco to move from redesign to full provisioning in under four months

The companies also note that the deployment helps DT make a significant contribution towards achieving its CO2 neutralization goals. The Cisco 8000 series routers reduce power consumption by up to 92% per 100 Gbps compared to the previous Cisco CRS-X multi-chassis system.


“Providing our customers with fast, reliable broadband to stay connected to the people and things that matter most is our top priority,” said Walter Goldenits, CTO of Telekom Deutschland GmbH. “The cooperation with Cisco provides us with a secure and stable network with supreme availability and security which benefits our customers.”

“We have seen the world transform over the last year and a half and the internet had to transform with it,” said Jonathan Davidson, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Mass-Scale Infrastructure Group, Cisco. “Working together with leading service providers like Deutsche Telekom, we are showcasing how the latest in networking, routing and silicon technology can deliver the internet experience we need to stay connected – and bring more people online.”

https://newsroom.cisco.com/press-release-content?type=webcontent&articleId=2203691

Cisco unveils Routed Optical Networking

Cisco announced a number of  Internet infrastructure products and technologies including a new Routed Optical Networking solution featuring Acacia pluggable optics and Cisco’s full mass-scale routing portfolio. The company claims its integration of routing and optics will lead to savings of up to 46% over traditional, layered IP + optical product architecture.

At its virtual Cisco Live! event, the company said Acacia’s pluggable coherent optics, advancements in Segment Routing and Ethernet VPN, and new Cisco Crosswork Cloud capabilities will lead to greater efficiency for service providers and web scale companies such as Airtel, Altibox, Eolo, Facebook, Google Cloud, Rakuten Mobile, SFR, Telenor, Telia Carrier, Telstra, Websprix, etc.

Here are some highlights of the announcements

Cisco Silicon One - Cisco first introduced its programmable networking silicon architecture in 2019. The company has now expanded the Cisco Silicon One platform from a routing-focused solution to one which also addresses the web-scale switching market, offering ten networking chips (devices) ranging from 3.2 Tbps to 25.6 Tbps.

Subscriber Management - Cisco is introducing its new Cisco Cloud Native Broadband Network Gateway for telco customers (wireline), joining the Cisco family of existing cloud native broadband routers for cable and mobile. It paves the way for convergence to a unified subscriber management solution, bringing further simplification and efficiency while enabling service providers to offer truly access-agnostic services independent from where people use these services.  

Routing for the Access, Aggregation, Edge, and Core 

  • Cisco’s latest 8000 family of routers now features Cisco Silicon One Q200 series chips offering up to 14.4 Tbps total capacity, enabling 32 and 64 x 100G web-scale switches.
  • Introducing powerful new line cards and chassis for the Cisco Aggregated Service Router (ASR) 9000 series and Network Convergence System (NCS) 500 and 5500 series routers providing increased capacity with capital and operational cost savings
  • New Crosswork Network Controller (CNC) features help customers operate the Cisco Routed Optical Networking solution

Cisco Crosswork Cloud - new application called Traffic Analysis offers a comprehensive view across network peering points. With this insight

Cisco Business Critical Services - design and consulting services to help customers adopt Cisco's Routed Optical Networking and Cloud Native Broadband solutions. 

Cisco boosts high-performance SD-WAN with Catalyst 8000 Series

 Cisco introduced its  Catalyst 8000 Series Edge Platform, a new high-performance routing platform to help customers accelerate cloud adoption and deliver secure and automated connectivity to applications across cloud, data center, and edge.Cisco says its new platform allows customers to adopt cloud solutions at their own pace. It adopts a Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) architecture. Three versions are available.The Catalyst 8500 Series...


Cisco announces its strategic product categories


Cisco confirmed its plans report its product and service revenue in the following categories effective Q1 FY 2022: 

  • Secure, Agile Networks
  • Hybrid Work
  • End-to-End Security
  • Internet for the Future
  • Optimized Application Experiences
  • Other Products
  • Services

The change was first noted in Cisco's Investor Day presentations. Cisco plans to report its Q1 FY 2022 in a conference call scheduled for Wednesday, November 17, 2021.



Thursday, September 23, 2021

Acacia debuts single-carrier 1.2 Tbps pluggable powered by new DSP

Acacia, which is now part of Cisco, introduced the first, single-carrier 1.2 terabits per second (1.2T) faceplate pluggable coherent module powered by its "Jannu" 5nm CMOS digital signal processor (DSP) ASIC. 

The new 1.2 Tbps pluggable, which represents the 8th generation of Acacia's coherent module family, combines the Jannu DSP with 3D Siliconization packaging technology, including the silicon photonics integrated circuit (SiPh PIC), high-speed modulator driver and transimpedance amplifier (TIA) in a single opto-electronic package.

“Today is an exciting new milestone in Acacia’s history as we once again introduce an exciting new product that delivers the type of disruption needed to cost-effectively scale network capacity in the future,” said Mehrdad Givehchi, Sr. Director of Engineering for Hardware and Software and Founder at Acacia. “With every generation of product, we have been able to deliver higher transmission data rates, lower power consumption and higher performance and I am proud to see this new product carry on that legacy.”

Acacia notes that its new Coherent Interconnect Module 8 (CIM 8) can address transmission of multiple 400GbE client interfaces, delivering 1.2T per carrier capacity for high-capacity DCI interfaces and 800G per carrier capacity over most optical links using 4 bits/symbol (~16QAM) modulation.

The Jannu DSP features Acacia’s second-generation 3D Shaping technology, which leverages enhanced probabilistic constellation shaping (PCS) algorithms and Adaptive Baud Rate. This provides continuous baud rate adjustment up to 140Gbaud to optimize utilization of available spectrum in a single-span or in cascaded ROADM paths. The Jannu DSP also includes Acacia’s advanced line-rate processing algorithms to efficiently overcome fiber transmission impairments over greenfield or brownfield fiber infrastructures. These power-efficient algorithms are designed to compensate linear and non-linear impairments, as well as provide state-of-polarization (SOP) tracking with industry leading response times. In addition, the Jannu DSP leverages Acacia’s new soft-decision error correction (SD-FEC) to further enhance performance.

https://acacia-inc.com/blog/acacia-unveils-industrys-first-single-carrier-1-2t-multi-haul-pluggable-module/

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Qwilt partners with Cisco to build CDN with service providers

Cisco Investments led a new round of funding in Qwilt to accelerate its service provider edge cloud ambitions to build one of the world’s largest high-performing Content Delivery Networks (CDN) with global service providers. Cisco is also working with Qwilt as a strategic partner to extend to power of the service provider edge beyond CDNs.

The Qwilt-Cisco model leverages an edge architecture based on Open Caching from the Streaming Video Alliance. The model envisions a partnership in which service providers are part of the content delivery value chain. This new method for content delivery is enabled by Qwilt’s  CDN platform, coupled with Cisco’s edge compute and networking infrastructure to deliver the solution as-a-service.

“This investment signals an inflection point for Qwilt and Cisco to expand upon our shared vision to help service providers use edge computing to deliver digital content experiences from their own networks,” said Alon Maor, Chief Executive Officer, and Co-founder, Qwilt. “We are ready to accelerate our efforts by hiring new talent, elevating our marketing efforts and putting R&D into action for mass-scale growth.”

“Streaming is a primary focus for most service providers today to drive revenue. Cisco’s investment in Qwilt demonstrates our commitment to helping customers monetize their edge cloud infrastructure with a solution that improves the quality of service and reliability,” said Jonathan Davidson, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Mass-Scale Infrastructure Group, Cisco. “We are seeing great momentum with customers around the world who believe in the powerful combination of Qwilt and Cisco to take them to the next level with an innovative content delivery platform for streaming and on-demand services, new applications and more.”


Qwilt is based in Redwood City, California.

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Webex by Cisco hosts record 8 billion calls monthly

Cisco is now hosting a record eight billion calls monthly across its cloud calling platforms, the most of any cloud calling provider, according to the company. Webex also now supports more than 39 million cloud calling users worldwide - the most of any cloud calling provider.

To meet enterprises growing global needs, Cisco has also extended its domestic calling coverage to include the UK, with more than 65 countries now covered with its Cisco Calling Plans and Cloud Connected PSTN services. Noted customers for Webex Calling include T-Mobile, Office Depot, Cigna Health, and CDK Global.

Webex Calling is part of the Webex Suite – the industry’s first suite for hybrid work that provides Cloud Calling, Messaging, Meetings, Polling, Events and Socio in a unified, secure offering.

“With the move to hybrid work and increasing pressure to delight customers, there’s never been a greater need to unify communications across the entire workforce,” said Jeetu Patel, executive vice president and general manager, Cisco Security and Collaboration. “As enterprises look to migrate calling solutions to the cloud, Webex Calling offers the leading end-to-end, secure calling experience that makes unified communications a reality.”

https://newsroom.cisco.com/press-release-content?type=webcontent&articleId=219419


Thursday, August 26, 2021

AT&T's 5G network now support IoT powered by Cisco

AT&T and Cisco have introduced 5G network capabilities to boost performance for Internet of Things (IoT) applications across the US.

The AT&T 5G network is now ready to deliver lower latency and faster speeds for enterprise customer IoT deployments using 5G certified devices. The service is powered by Cisco.


AT&T and Cisco currently manage millions of connected devices spanning manufacturing, utilities, transportation, public sector, retail, and healthcare industries as well as public safety on FirstNet, built with AT&T, through AT&T’s 4G LTE and low-power IoT cellular networks.

AT&T Control Center powered by Cisco gives businesses near real-time visibility of all the IoT devices on their network and helps mitigate security risks, identifies anomalies in data usage and optimizes traffic classification reporting.

https://about.att.com/story/2021/att_cisco_launch_5g.html

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Cisco posts quarterly sales of $13.1 billion, up 8% yoy

Cisco reported revenue of $13.1 billion for Q4 of its fiscal 2021, up 8% year over year. Net income on a generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) basis was $3.0 billion or $0.71 per share, and non-GAAP net income of $3.6 billion or $0.84 per share.

Total fiscal year revenue was $49.8 billion.

“We continue to see great momentum in our business as customers are looking to modernize their organizations for agility and resiliency,” said Chuck Robbins, chair and CEO of Cisco. “The demand for Cisco technology is strong with our Q4 performance marking the highest product order growth in over a decade. With the power of our portfolio, we are well positioned to help our customers accelerate their digital transformation and thrive in a hybrid world.

Some highlights for Q4

  • Product revenue was up 10% and service revenue up 3%. 
  • Enterprise orders up 25% y/y 
  • This marked the third consecutive quarter of acceleration in Commercial, Service Provider and Public Sector with all of these segments showing growth in excess of 20% y/y
  • Double-digit revenue growth y/y in Campus Switching, Catalyst 9000, High End Routing, Wireless and Zero Trust solutions along with strength in our security endpoint
  • Revenue by geographic segment was: Americas up 8%, EMEA up 6%, and APJC up 13%. 
  • Product revenue was led by growth in Infrastructure Platforms, up 13% and Security, up 1%. Applications was down 1%.
  • On a GAAP basis, total gross margin, product gross margin, and service gross margin were 63.6%, 62.7%, and 66.2%, respectively. 
  • Total gross margins by geographic segment were: 66.2% for the Americas, 65.0% for EMEA and 64.4% for APJC. 

https://s2.q4cdn.com/951347115/files/doc_financials/2021/q4/Q4FY21-Earnings-Slides.pdf

Sunday, August 15, 2021

Cisco to acquire Epsagon for microservice observability

Cisco agreed to acquire Epsagon Ltd., a privately held, modern observability company with offices in New York and Tel Aviv. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Epsagon offers a lightweight agent that can provide visualization of AWS and third-party (Auth0, Stripe) services automatically. Epsagon can integrate with a wide range of microservices-based environments including Kubernetes, ECS, EKS and serverless.

Cisco's core SaaS solutions for full-stack observability include AppDynamics, ThousandEyes and Intersight. 

https://blogs.cisco.com/news/12082021

https://epsagon.com/