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Cisco has never been bashful about acquiring companies even though it doesn't always work out (after acquiring Linksys, it was later sold to Belkin, for example). In it's latest move to beef up its portfolio, Cisco today announced its intention to acquire Whiptail for $415 million in cash. Whiptail primarily focuses on software to manage cloud-based flash storage. In a press release, Cisco said the acquisition will strengthen its Unified Computing System (UCS) strategy and enhance application performance by integrating scalable solid state memory into the USC's fabric computing architecture. "We... Read more...
Networking giant Cisco has agreed to purchase Sourcefire, a leader in intelligent cybersecurity solutions, for what amounts to $2.7 billion (Cisco will pay $76 per share in cash in exchange for each share of Sourcefire and assume outstanding equity awards), Cisco announced today. The deal has been approved by the board of directors of both companies Cisco will use Sourcefire's technologies and resources to extend its threat protection across the entire attack continuum, including before, during, and after an attack, and from any device to any cloud, the company said. The benefit for consumers is... Read more...
TiVo has won more than its share of patent disputes pertaining to its DVR technology over the last few years, winning settlements from AT&T ($215 million), Dish Network and EchoStar ($500 million total), and Verizon ($250.4 million). The latest companies to lose against TiVo are Cisco and Google-owned Motorola Mobility. (Motorola made lots of set-top boxes for the likes of Time Warner Cable.) According to BusinessWeek, Cisco and Google (which inherited Motorola’s legal troubles when it bought the company) will have to fork over a combined total of $490 million to TiVo, with Cisco being... Read more...
Cisco's stock is up slightly today following an announcement that it plans to acquire Ubiquisys, a privately held firm based in the U.K., for approximately $310 million in cash and retention-based incentives. Ubiquisys is a leading provider of intelligent 3G and long-term evolution (LTE) small-cell technologies, and the planned acquisition will further bolster Cisco's portfolio for mobile carriers. Small cell networks are viewed as a cost-effective way to increase capacity and make better use of spectrum assets. Traffic that gets offloaded to small cell networks ends up traveling faster, offering... Read more...
Maybe in another 10-15 years we'll press our finger to our tablet or smartphone to have our temperatures taken and to record other vitals, which will then be uploaded to a doctor who will email us his or her prognosis. It sounds terribly impersonal, but then again, what's so great about sitting in a waiting room for an hour, just to be called in to have to wait another 45 minutes before you're actually seen by a doctor? Regardless of what the future holds, there appears to be strong interest in virtual doctor visits. Cisco on Monday announced at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems... Read more...
A new report conducted by Cisco underscores the magnitude of the mobile movement we currently find ourselves in. With everyone toting smartphones, tablets, phablets, and even Ultrabooks and ultra-thins, mobile traffic is exploding, having grown 70 percent in 2012. On a global scale, mobile users accounted for 885 petabytes of data traffic in December 2012, up from 520 petabytes per month at the end of 2011. That's nearly twelve times the total global Internet traffic in 2000 (75 petabytes per month). Mobile video traffic accounted for just over half at 51 percent, made possible by the fact that... Read more...
If there's one area of consumer technology that is actually poised to take off in terms of real, unseen innovation, it's probably the automobile. Historically, cars have been slow to keep up with the rapid pace of changing technology. On the safety front, most cars are well equipped in terms of technology. But the infotainment front? Not so much. Most factory navigation systems cost thousands more than devices available at Walmart and Best Buy, and the muddled UI means that they actually perform worse. Certain safety features have to be taken into consideration, of course, but technology has no... Read more...
It seems that each year, one or two major companies pause to take a look at how we can do things better. How we can do things faster, and how we can be more nimble. As 2012 draws to a close, Cisco and Aerohive are offering forecasts on what to expect in terms of wireless technology. The 802.11 standard has been long since used in a multitude of Wi-Fi devices, but even 802.11n is getting stressed in some complex applications. Now, 802.11ac is on the horizon, expected to be ratified in 2013. Chris Spain, who currently serves as VP of product marketing at Cisco Systems, and Andrew vonNagy -- a senior... Read more...
Linksys routers have become virtually ubiquitous in consumers’ homes over the years, but parent company Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) is reportedly looking to sell off the brand. Cisco is looking to get out of the consumer business and focus more on enterprise software and services, and unloading Linksys will be a big step in that direction. Linksys will most likely be fine; it’s a valuable brand and will bolster some lucky company’s consumer portfolio, despite some cuts and reductions that Cisco enacted since buying the company for half a billion bucks in 2003. Bloomberg’s sources... Read more...
Cisco, which recently cracked a list of 25 top companies to work for, is committed to spending big money beefing up its cloud infrastructure. The latest indication of that is today's announcement that the company will fork over approximately $1.2 billion in cash and retention-based incentives to acquire Meraki, a privately held player in cloud controlled Wi-Fi, routing, and security solutions located in San Francisco, California. "The acquisition of Meraki enables Cisco to make simple, secure, cloud managed networks available to our global customer base of mid-sized businesses and enterprises.... Read more...
A couple of weeks ago, Cisco launched Cisco Connect Cloud, a cloud platform for Linksys Smart WiFi routers that was designed to make setting up and using the router much simpler and more user-friendly and included a convenient mobile app and third-party apps that offered enhanced functionality such as easy streaming to smart TVs. Suffice it to say that however Cisco expected the early returns on the platform to go, it was not expecting the amount of blowback it received; apparently, not everyone wants to be forced into opting in to a cloud service, especially one that contained the following in... Read more...
Is Powerline networking making a comeback? Possibly! After years of remaining relatively off the radar, Powerline tech has been popping up way more often of late. This week, Cisco announced a suite of Linksys HomePlug AV Powerline solutions that allow consumers to use their home network by using their existing home electrical wiring. The HomePlug AV Powerline standard provides speeds of up to 200 Mbps to bring streaming video, gaming, and other data-intensive applications to computers, tablets, consoles, televisions and other Ethernet-enabled devices. For those who are having trouble covering complex... Read more...
One in three college grads said that access to social media sites like Facebook and the ability to choose their own devices was more important to them than salary when considering a job offer. This according to a study of 2,800 college students and young professionals worldwide conducted by Cisco. More than 40% went so far as to say that they would accept less money for a job that was down with social media at work on a device of their choosing if it also included telework. The study was intended to determine what the Millennium Generation wants from employers and what they consider to be an equitable... Read more...
Cisco's at it again. With "at it" meaning "buying companies." While the company's killing of Flip Video will be the one that everyone remembers from 2011, they're also picking up BNI Video. Headquartered in Boxborough, Mass., BNI Video supplies service providers with two major video products that offer video back-office and content delivery network (CDN) analytic capabilities. The acquisition will purportedly advance the capabilities of Cisco's Videoscape TV platform, which allows service providers to deliver compelling video experiences to any device over any Internet Protocol (IP) network. Marthin... Read more...
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