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Posts tagged “Cisco”

July 23

Premium Lock Cisco's incoming CEO: 'Going to be a fantastic ride'

Chuck Robbins Cisco is selling its set-top business - a $10 billion deal the company made for Scientific Atlanta a decade ago - for $600 million. It's also making more organizational changes internally as UNC graduate Chuck Robbins prepares to take over as CEO.

July 21

Tech giants keep spending big on lobbying in DC

Dollar sign      Money talks in Washington, D.C., and technology giants keep spreading around the cash as it lobbies for everything from tax breaks to more business. AT&T stepped up its lobbying, for example, as it continues to try to win approval for its DirecTV deal. But the communications giant has plenty of company when it comes to investing in D.C.

July 1

Premium Lock Inside Cisco: OpenDNS deal part of growing, aggressive security play

Cisco's headquarters      Tuesday's news that networking giant Cisco is acquiring security firm OpenDNS for a whopping $665 million is the latest reflection of the strategic play it is making in security, writes Technology Business Research's Jane Wright.

June 30

Premium Lock Cisco pays $665M for security firm OpenDNS; here's why

Cisco is acquiring security technology firm OpenDNS for $665 million, the latest in a series of recent acquisitions. So why is the networking giant making this buy? Cisco Chief Technology and Strategy Officer Hilton Romanski explains the deal in his own words.

Tracking data at OpenDNS Tracking data at OpenDNS

June 29

Premium Lock Cisco's 'Six Pillar' approach to Internet of Things, including 'Fog' computing.

Networking giant Cisco is unveiling a new Internet of Things system on Monday with what it calls a "six-pillar approach" for infrastructure to deliver IoT solutions. These cover much more than bandwidth and routers, including "fog" computing and security. So what are the "six pillars"?

Cisco graphic projects IoT growth Cisco graphic projects IoT growth

Updated June 25

Premium Lock Is your firm headed into a 'Digital Vortex" or sending competitors into a spiral of destruction?

Cisco CEO John Chambers recently predicted that digital disruption was going to put a lot of companies out of business. A new Cisco report says he's right with more than 40 percent of existing leaders are going to be "displaced" by the "Digital Vortex." Where does your company stand? And despite being aware of the threat the "Vortex" poses, many execs say it's "not worthy of board-level attention." Oh, really?

Cisco asks: Why should you care about disruption? Cisco asks: Why should you care about disruption?

Updated June 24

Premium Lock 'Out of box' solutions: Red Hat, NetApp. Cisco partner to drive OpenStack

OpenStack Red Hat is making a great deal of news at its annual Summit this week in Boston, such as going mobile, its partnership with Samsung, and the naming of a new CFO. Not to be overlooked is the partnership between Red Hat, Cisco and NetApp - all with deep roots in the Triangle - to drive more "cloud" and application solutions based on OpenStack. Here's a Hatter's view.

Updated June 23

Premium Lock Cisco to pay BlackBerry license fee in patent deal; BlackBerry earnings miss

BlackBerry BlackBerry and Cisco are cross-licensing patents and as part of the deal BlackBerry will receive a license fee from Cisco. The companies disclosed the agreement early Tuesday.

June 9

Premium Lock Inside Cisco's latest buy: Embracing OpenStack cloud

Cloud computing Analysis: Cisco announced its intent to acquire OpenStack specialist Piston last week as a piece of its strategy to secure a leading position as a private cloud infrastructure provider by building a stable of enterprise-caliber OpenStack capabilities. Technology Business Research Analyst Krisa Macomber assesses the impact of the deal.

Updated June 4

Premium Lock Cisco's new CEO unveils 'my' team - minus CTO Warrior, other top execs

UNC-Chapel Hill graduate Chuck Robbins unveils the management team he wants when he takes over as Cisco CEO next month. The group of 10 doesn't include Chief Technology Officer Padmasree Warrior and other familiar Cisco names.

The Robbins team at Cisco The Robbins team at Cisco

June 4

Premium Lock Carolina connections: Cisco's CEO picks UNC-Charlotte grad as chief of staff

Chuck Robbins is bringing someone else with North Carolina experience to help him run Cisco as he takes over as CEO in July. Ruba Borno, a graduate of UNC-Charlotte, joins Robbins' newly named executive leadership team as chief of staff and vice president of growth initiatives. She believes in "putting people first" as a tech company transforms - as Robbins has said Cisco will.

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June 3

Premium Lock Inside look at Cisco, IBM's latest OpenStack 'cloud' plays

Cloud computing Cisco and IBM are deepening their commitments to the "cloud" - especially in the open source collaborative world of OpenStack where Red Hat is a big player - with acquisitions announced Wednesday. Here's what insiders had to say about the deals.

Updated June 2

Premium Lock Report that Cisco purge might include CTO Warrior surprises analyst

Back in the Cold War days, what's happening at Cisco would have been called a party purge. Incoming CEO Chuck Robbins disclosed the departure of two senior execs on Monday, and re/code is reporting that CTO Padmasree Warrior is next.

Padmasree Warrior  Padmasree Warrior

Updated June 1

Premium Lock Cisco's incoming CEO puts his stamp on management: Two top execs leaving

UNC-Chapel Hill graduate Chuck Robbins is wasting no time in putting his own stamp on Cisco's management structure. Two other senior execs are leaving the firm on the day Robbins takes over as CEO on July 25.

Chuck Robbins  Chuck Robbins

May 29

Premium Lock Cisco's Padmasree Warrior to keynote CED 2015 Tech Venture Conference

Cisco CTO Padmasree Warrior Padmasree Warrior, Cisco Systems chief technology and strategy officer, will keynote the 2015 CED Tech Venture Conference slated for September 15-16 at the Raleigh Convention Center. Registration for the event is now open.

Tags: CED, Cisco
May 28

Premium Lock Online video will consume 80 percent of Internet use in five years

 In five years, online video will consume 80 percent of the global Internet use and rise even higher, to 85 percent in the U.S. So says Cisco's annual study of the future of Web published Wednesday.

May 20

Premium Lock Inside Cisco: Will leadership change affect its culture or direction?

Cisco's headquarters      Analysis: Secure, scalable intelligent networks light the path as Cisco works to reconstruct its reputation as a trusted advisor of the connected world, but what impact will new CEO Chuck Robbins have when he takes over from John Chambers?

May 15

Premium Lock Inside Cisco: Can new CEO carry giant across hardware-to-IT solution provider chasm?

Cisco's headquarters      Analysis: Chuck Robbins takes over as CEO from John Chambers at networking giant Cisco in July. He inherits a company that's primed for growth - if he can solve the challenge that software-defined networking poses., says a Technology Business Research analyst.

Updated May 14

Premium Lock Cisco unveils incoming CEO Robbins - with guidance from John Chambers

Chuck Robbins  So if you are one of thousands if not millions of people wondering how Cisco chair and CEO John Chambers will act as chair only when UNC-Chapel Hill graduate Chuck Robbins takes over as CEO in July, the Chambers-Robbins management team debuts in a conference call on earnings. The call makes clear: Chambers will remain very, very involved.

Tags: Cisco
Updated May 13

Premium Lock John Chambers' last Cisco earnings call? Don't count on that

John Chambers  After 20 years of hearing the evangelist of all things tech (AKA John Chambers), Wall Street veterans are gearing up for a Cisco earnings call today that is set to be the last of his tenure. But take it from a Cisco vet, Chambers isn't fading into history just yet.

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