Cisco Furthers its IoT Ambitions with Jasper Acquisition

This blog is a collaborative effort with ESG's IoT-focused analyst Eugene Signorini.

Cisco announced it was acquiring Jasper, a an Internet of Things (IoT) platform provider for $1.4 billion (USD). How does a software platform for IoT benefit a networking vendor like Cisco? As I wrote in a prior blog looking back at Cisco Live, their focus for the future emphasizes the importance of architectures, solutions, and outcomes, as opposed to being a vendor of networking equipment, so this brings them one more step closer to creating an IoT architecture that's based on solutions (and not simply devices) and to put more weight on their software assets.

Topics: Cisco Networking IoT eugene signorini

Dell-EMC Buyer Sentiment Research Redux

As you might recall, ESG conducted our own research after the announcement of Dell acquiring EMC to find out what actual people — those who buy stuff — thought. At that time, we really wanted to focus on only what Dell and EMC customers thought about the deal. But recently, we conducted some additional research to specifically gain insight into what non-customers of Dell and EMC thought.

Topics: EMC Cisco Dell IT buyers VCE dell-emc

Cisco APIC-EM: a controller with app & policy support

I recently published a new ESG brief on Cisco APIC-EM. The Brief is available to ESG subscription clients only, but you can find an abstract of the Brief, as well as a key takeaway, below:

 

Abstract

Cisco made Application Policy Infrastructure Controller Enterprise Module (APIC-EM) widely available in November. It's an SDN controller that supports apps that make WAN and access networks easier to deploy and manage. Cisco’s focus on a low-risk, incremental approach to adopting SDN will appeal to its user base. Cisco needs to describe the policy control capabilities benefits of APIC-EM, and to highlight its power as a platform and its ability to distinguish apps from point solution offerings from many other companies with competitive features.

 
Topics: Cisco Networking WAN access network

Handicapping Enterprise Security Vendors

In the course of my average work day, I try to read all the cybersecurity news I can. I came across a very good article in Forbes that looks at the cybersecurity opportunities for companies like IBM, Cisco, Dell, and others.  The article points out that the market for cybersecurity products and services is estimated at $77b today, growing to $120b by 2020. That’s a lot of firewalls, AV software, and identity tokens!

Topics: IBM Cybersecurity Cisco Dell trend micro Symantec Intel Security

Cisco Acquires Lancope: Great Fit, Great Deal.

Just before Halloween (10/27), Cisco announced its acquisition of security analytics veteran Lancope for $453m. Given the timing of the deal, it’s fair to ask an appropriate question: Trick or treat?

There’s no debate here – treat. With the Lancope purchase, Cisco walked into the security analytics neighborhood, knocked on just one door, and grabbed a bag full of candy. Okay, enough of the Halloween metaphors, this was a very good deal for Cisco for several reasons:

 

Topics: Network Security Cybersecurity Cisco Lancope security analytics

VMware NSX and Cisco ACI – IT nirvana or a Kafka-esque nightmare?

In the Franz Kafka novella, Metamorphosis, traveling salesman Gregor Samsa awakens one morning to discover that he has transformed into a hideous creature. Shunned by his family and despite his best efforts to adapt to his new conditions, Gregor eventually withers away and dies alone in his bedroom. Can Kafka’s story serve as a cautionary tale for those IT organizations trying to force transformation into their IT infrastructure too quickly?

Topics: Cisco VMware NSX ACI private cloud

Can Cisco's Intercloud Offering Deliver On Fast IT?

Aesop, an ancient Greek storyteller, is credited with coining the expression, “slow but steady wins the race”.  That ancient wisdom rings hollow in the present-day digital age, where the need for speed is essential to business survival. 

Topics: Cisco cloud hybrid cloud John Chambers Cisco Live

The Cisco Chambers Challenge: Disrupt or be disrupted...

Legendary rock band, Aerosmith, closed Cisco Live! 2015 with a high energy performance at Petco Park in San Diego. One of the first numbers they played was “Livin’ On the Edge.” According to outgoing CEO, John Chambers, many businesses are going to be “living on the edge” in today’s digitized world. 

 

Topics: Cisco cloud ACI transformation Cisco Live

Grading Cisco Cybersecurity after CiscoLive

In anticipation of CiscoLive in San Diego, I posted a blog last week describing my thoughts on Cisco’s cybersecurity portfolio. After attending the event this week, I’m ready to further elaborate on these opinions by grading Cisco Cybersecurity in a number of areas:

Topics: Network Security Cybersecurity Cisco CiscoLive

Cisco Cybersecurity Renaissance and Opportunity

A few short years ago, Cisco was deep in the cybersecurity doldrums. In spite of years of market leadership with products like Cisco PIX firewalls, IronPort (e-mail security), and IDS/IPS blades on Catalyst switches, the company seemed to have squandered its enviable market position. Alas, Cisco had swung and missed on security management (MARS) and endpoint (Okena) and had fallen behind companies like Fortinet, Juniper, and Palo Alto in its own network security backyard.

Topics: Network Security Cisco