Intel’s acquisition of Barefoot Networks is a shrewd move, immediately bolstering the company’s competitive prospects in the hyperscale data center market segment and challenging key rivals NVIDIA and Broadcom in a drive toward new business.
Cisco Live 2019 was about the future of collaboration, which is all about cognitive collaboration and interoperability. The Cisco ecosystem has always had vastly more collaboration tools (contact center, VoIP, on and off-prem) than many of the upstart cloud players, but in the age where less is more and simple wins hearts, Cisco has needed a wildcard to differentiate their meeting tools.
Nexign’s entry into the energy sector by way of an alliance with Gazpro is a smart bet, allowing Nexign to diversify beyond its telco core and fuel expansion into international segments, fueling growth across a variety of market segments. Digital transformation is definitely eyeing the energy sector, and this move is but one of more I’m sure we’ll see.
Westcon-Comstor’s just announced partnership with Ribbon’s Network Edge Orchestrator platform is a value add for European resellers.
Microsoft has made one of the most advanced AI tools available to anyone as an open-source project on GitHub. As a part of this project, Microsoft released examples of AI techniques they are using, along with a video about the company’s AI lab.
WWDC 2019 — Apple’s privacy theme rings clear even with massive new announcements. Here are what I think are some of the privacy-focused standouts.
Nokia confirms 42 commercial 5G deals across the planet, asserting a steady pipeline for continued growth. It appears like it’s Nokia’s time to shine.
Salesforce acquires Tableau in what is another aggressive and smart acquisition by Salesforce’s Benioff. The battle for cloud dominance is a serious one, and the reality is that the AI-powered, data and analytics, data visualization enterprise is here. The market for data, information, and analytics reflects that, with the market expected to hit $2 trillion by 2020. This move by Salesforce and others in the cloud space aren’t surprising. Enterprises understand that data and analytics are everything, and the more you know, the better you can perform. And cloud vendors want those customers.
Chuck Robbins’ keynote at Cisco Live 2019 wasn’t particularly inspirational, but instead heavy on tactics.. The company’s strategy is driven by tying together users, data, applications, and security through infrastructure. This is driving companies—and Cisco’s customers—to succeed in transforming, and who sometimes tactics over inspiration is okay. Especially when you take a company like Cisco’s performance into consideration.
Contrary to popular belief, small to medium sized businesses (SMBs) are becoming a top target for cyber-criminals in 2019. So how are SMBs handling their cybersecurity needs?