Extreme Networks has been on a roll lately, purchasing Avaya’s networking business, Brocade’s networking assets, and Zebra Technologies’ wireless portfolio. What could this mean for enterprise customers? In the short term, probably nothing – all current products will continue to be supported. However, as with any acquisition, there will inevitably be consolidation of product lines, and the discontinuing of others. Many industry analysts believe that the mergers will be beneficial, with Avaya’s strengths in campus environments complementing Extreme’s focus on campus deployments, and Zebra’s wireless security and managed services helped plug some holes in Extreme’s portfolio. At this point, only time will tell how successful the merger is, but Extreme may be good to consider for your next hardware refresh.
As the Internet of Things continues to expand, security will be an ongoing concern for network administrators. In order to maintain data security, Cisco has unveiled its newest offering: IoT Threat Defense, a package containing seven different tools that will limit the damage that can be done with IoT security breaches. Cisco’s strategy is based on the premise that IoT devices cannot be trusted to be secure, so the best way to compensate for this is to limit the damage that can be done to the network. This is done through a combination of network segmentation, behavior analytics, and more. With IDC’s prediction that IoT endpoints will skyrocket from 14.9 billion in 2016 to 50 billion by 2020, IoT security will be an important factor in network security in the coming years; Cisco is leading the charge in laying the groundwork.
After the acquisition of EMC by Dell last year, the tech giant began a massive campaign to downsize overlapping positions and cut costs drastically. Dell has not made clear how many layoffs would be happening, but they have set aside $416 million to cover severance packages, a major increase from the $26 million set aside last year for this same purpose. Though the future is uncertain for some Dell/EMC employees, the company is currently advertising more than 3,000 open positions globally, and their revenue continues to increase year-over-year.
This week, Cisco announced a number of new products that will aid existing Fibre Channel customers in expanding capacity, speed, and manageability in their storage environments. Some of these products to look out for include a 32GB FC module for Cisco’s MDS 9700 storage switches, a 32GB FC HBA for their UCS C-Series servers, and more. These new products will allow existing 16GB FC customers to easily migrate to a 32GB FC storage environment. Storage facilities need to be continuously upgraded as technology improves – Cisco research anticipates that by 2020, data storage in data centers will reach almost 2 zettabytes – so these new FC options can facilitate the transition into newer, more efficient systems.
Amazon Web Services, Amazon’s highly successful cloud platform, surpassed $3.5 billion in revenue during fourth quarter 2016 – an almost 50% increase over last year’s fourth quarter numbers. It also represents an increase over their third quarter numbers, where AWS brought in $3.2 billion in revenue. IBM, Google, and Microsoft all saw revenue increases in their cloud markets as well, further solidifying the truth that the cloud is not going anywhere anytime soon. Though Amazon still holds the largest stake in the cloud market, their competitors are coming in hot on their heels.