The Bulldog wrapup: In a new survey, Microsoft tops Cisco for the first time in collaboration-related sales; Ubuntu leads in OpenStack, not Red Hat; tracking conflict minerals in RTP; a new Fedora Project leader; 43% of homes with broadband eye smart home services.
- A First; Microsoft Tops Cisco in Collaboration Market
In what NetworkWorld describes as a first, Microsoft has topped Cisco in revenue generated from enterprise collaboration infrastructure services.
These services include unified communications (UC), voice, telepresence, email software and collaborative software.
Synergy Research says Micrsoft gained 21 percent market share in $5.4 billion of revenue for the first quarter.
“In Q1 Cisco revenue was impacted by softness in the enterprise voice and telepresence segments, issues which affected many vendors” said Jeremy Duke, Synergy Research Group’s founder and Chief Analyst. “On the other hand, Microsoft has only a small presence in enterprise voice and is not active in telepresence, but is growing its share of the UC applications segment, holding its own in email software and growing strongly in the nascent enterprise social networks segment. Microsoft has been steadily increasing its influence in collaboration markets over the last five years.”
Read more from Synergy online.
- Ubuntu Leads in OpenStack
A new survey from the OpenStack Foundation shows that Ubuntu’s Linux is the top choice among OpenStack users. Red Hat isn’t even second. CentOS is.
Red Hat has moved to embrace OpenStack and is stepping up its relationship with CentOS, The survey shows why.
The survey includes results from 512 companies representing 506 deployments.
CompuerWeekly has more details online.
- Conflict Minerals Report
The Triangle Business Journal has an interesting report about the state of “conflict mineral” use by companies with major Research Triangle area locations.
Companies were operating under an SEC deadline to report about the sources of their minerals. As TBJ notes, most companies were “unable to determine” locations.
The full report can be read online.
- New Red Hat Fedora Leader
Matthew Miller, a veteran of Linux development, is the new head of the Red Hat sponsored Fedora open source project.
Miller replaces Robyn Bergeron.
eWeek reports that Miller has been actively involved in creation of “Fedora.next,” a different approach to updating Fedora.
For more, read the eWeek report online.
- Report: 43% Broadband Household Owners Mull ‘Smart Home’ packages
A new report from research firm Parks Associates finds that 43 percent of home owners with broadband access are interested in “smart home” packages.
These packages include safety, security and home management applications.
Many European homeowners also are interested, the report says.
“Strong appeal for smart home solutions among consumers in the U.S and Europe is a good sign because this market is still in its infancy. As consumer awareness grows, interest and demand for such systems will also increase,” said Stuart Sikes, President, Parks Associates.
Details are available online.