Another standards group has been formed to accelerate the adoption of wireless Internet of Things technologies. Called the Wireless IoT Forum, the group's board includes Accenture, Arkessa, BT, Cisco, Telensa and WSN. The group joins at least five other standards groups, including the Industrial Internet Consortium, the Allseen Alliance, Thread and the Open Interconnect Consortium, that have been created to streamline the IoT space.
Cisco has reached an agreement to acquire OpenDNS, a provider of cloud-based security solutions for $635 million, a move that will enhance its security services capabilities.
General Motors expects to begin testing new technology from Cisco Systems to share spectrum between vehicle-to-vehicle and Wi-Fi systems, a GM executive told U.S. lawmakers.
Although the optical equipment market is becoming increasingly fractured between companies that are focused on one of three markets--traditional service providers, competitive service providers or Internet content providers--three companies are leading the way. According to the 2015 IHS Infonetics Optical Network Hardware Vendor scorecard, which profiles the top vendors in this space, Ciena, Cisco and Infinera have the strongest market presence and momentum.
The enterprise session border controller (eSBC) market may have taken a sequential 11 percent hit in the first quarter of 2015, but an IHS report says that new growth is on the horizon. As more enterprises move to replace their VoIP gateways, IHS forecast that the eSBC segment will grow at a 6 percent compound annual growth rate from 2014 to 2019.
Service provider and enterprise spending on data center infrastructure over the past four quarters continued to rise, reaching $114 billion, accounting for 23 percent of the total, says a new Synergy Research report. Microsoft and VMware lead the software market, commanding nearly 90 percent of the software revenues.
Sprint is considering partnerships with other cities on smart city deployments similar to the one it has struck with Kansas City, Mo., according to Sprint CTO Stephen Bye. However, Bye declined to say which other cities Sprint might choose to partner with for deployments.
Cisco supports more than 15 virtual network functions as part of its software-defined networking (SDN) portfolio for carriers, according to a senior executive, and the networking giant is pushing hard on SDN with the release of new products.
A top Cisco executive sees a host of ongoing opportunities to equip its service provider customers with 100G optical switching and optical gear. Speaking during the Cisco Financial Analyst day, Kelly Ahuja, SVP, Service Provider Business, Products and Solutions for Cisco, said that they are seeing more of its service provider customer base migrate their core and optical networks to 100G.
Granite Telecommunications may have carved out a sizeable niche as a voice provider to large businesses, but the company's move to offer a fiber-based networking solution targeting mall operators and retailers shows that it is looking to diversify its revenue base.