Cisco Systems said last week it's adding yet another information-security vendor to its tool belt. Cisco plans to acquire Riverhead Networks, a privately held startup that's best known for software that defends networks against distributed denial-of-service attacks. Cisco will pay about $39 million in cash for Riverhead and expects the deal to be finalized by the end of its third quarter.
2014 Next-Gen WAN SurveyWhile 68% say demand for WAN bandwidth will increase, just 15% are in the process of bringing new services or more capacity online now. For 26%, cost is the problem. Enter vendors from Aryaka to Cisco to Pertino, all looking to use cloud to transform how IT delivers wide-area connectivity.
The UC Infrastructure TrapWorries about subpar networks tanking unified communications programs could be valid: Thirty-one percent of respondents have rolled capabilities out to less than 10% of users vs. 21% delivering UC to 76% or more. Is low uptake a result of strained infrastructures delivering poor performance?