Cisco Snags Acano for $700 Million To Enhance Video Conferencing Capability

Cisco logo in frothed milk. Cisco announced today it plans to buy video conferencing firm Acano for the widely reported price of $700 million. The company, which is based in the UK, has developed video infrastructure and collaboration software. You’re probably thinking that Cisco already offers that same kind of service and you would be right. It bought WebEx in 2007 for $3.2 billion and has been positioning it as… Read More

Cisco Beefs Up Security, Buys Lancope For $453M

White digital padlock over circuit board ground As HP downsizes its own holdings in network security, another IT giant is ramping up: today Cisco announced that it would acquire Lancope, which focuses on behavior analytics, threat visibility and security intelligence to detect malicious activity on corporate networks. Cisco is paying $452.5 million in a cash and equity deal, with the Lancope team becoming part of the Cisco Security… Read More

Seagate, Toshiba, Scality And Others Launch Kinetic Open Storage Platform For Smart, Low-Overhead Cloud Object Storage

Two years ago, Seagate debuted a new technology for hard drives that essentially gives applications direct access to some of its drives over an Ethernet connection to store objects using key-value pairs. This reduces the overhead that comes with traditional file systems and file servers and allows vendors to pack more drives into their racks. Seagate made drivers for this technology available… Read More

PLUMgrid Partners With Linux Foundation To Open-Source Its IO Visor Project

5713689531_b0a849008d_o The Linux Foundation and PLUMgrid today announced an alliance of hardware manufacturers, Linux distribution vendors and others that aims to advance Linux networking and virtualization for modern data centers. Other partners in this alliance include Barefoot Networks, Broadcom, Canonical, Cavium, Cisco, Huawei, Intel, and SUSE. The project will be based on PLUMgrid’s existing IO… Read More

Workfront Raises $33M For Its Enterprise Work Management Service

ipad-workfront-view Work management solution Workfront (previously known as AtTask) today announced that it has raised a $33 million Series E funding round led by growth equity firm JMI Equity, which also previously led the company’s $38 million Series D round last year. Greenspring Global Partners and Atlas Peak also participated in this round. The company has now raised a total of $95 million.… Read More

A Car Full Of People With No One Driving

transportation, tracks Since the days of the horse and buggy, there has been a fundamental relationship between vehicle and driver. The advent of driverless cars will invert this dynamic as we all roll forward into the future. What should cities do now to prepare? Due to the popularity of application based on-demand vehicle services, we have some foreshadowing of what may arise. Read More

13 People Who Could Be Twitter’s Next CEO

twitter-ceo_2x So far we’ve heard the board is looking for someone who can focus solely on Twitter (and not some other *cough Square) company, is a heavy tweeter, and gets the product. There’s also significant interest to bring in a woman or minority to do the job. Rumors continue to swirl, so we’ve put together a list of plausible appointees, as well as some wild hearsay for good measure.… Read More

Cisco To Buy Cloud Security Company OpenDNS for $635M In Cash

Lock over circuit board. Cisco announced its intent to buy cloud security company OpenDNS for $635 million this morning. It’s probably not a coincidence that Cisco was one of its investors in a $35 million round in May, 2014. With OpenDNS Cisco, a network vendor that offers more traditional network edge protection, gets a Software as a Service vendor that provides security on the move to any device,… Read More

New Cisco CEO Favors Diversity And Youth In Executive Team

Cisco sign in front of Cisco headquarters. New Cisco CEO, Chuck Robbins, unveiled his new executive team in a blog post today, and he’s favoring diversity and youth as he tries to sell Cisco to a new generation of customers. He’s got a challenge. But as he moves in and former CEO John Chambers and members of his team move on, Robbins is already putting his own unique stamp on the organization, hiring five men and five women… Read More

Piston Goes To Cisco, Blue Box to IBM As OpenStack Consolidation Accelerates

Servers in the cloud. Cisco announced this morning it has purchased private cloud — and OpenStack — specialist Piston Cloud Computing. The acquisition comes on the heels of its Metacloud purchase last Fall, and the acquisition marks the latest OpenStack startup to get scooped up as the market consolidation continues.
Meanwhile IBM grabbed the OpenStack private-cloud service Blue Box, another… Read More