Why Cisco needs SD-WAN vendor Viptela


Cisco already has two SD-WAN solutions—Intelligent WAN and Meraki SD-WAN—so why does it need another? One word: options. Cisco, the acquisition machine, is at it again. It’s been about three months since the company plunked down $3.7 billion for AppDynamics, so I’m sure all that cash was burning a hole in Chuck Robbins pockets and making another acquisition seem long overdue. Well, speculation about who Cisco might buy next ended yesterday when the company announced its intent to acquire SD-W...

Cisco buys SD-WAN player Viptela for $610M


Cisco has padded its SD-WAN portfolio with fellow player Viptela for $610 million. The deal will be a homecoming for Viptela’s top execs as current CEO Praveen Akkiraju is a former Cisco and Dell EMC. Co-founders of Viptela Amir Khan and Khalid Raza were engineers at Cisco. “Cisco has been providing SD-WAN technology and services to customers for several years; the Cisco IWAN solution delivers an on-premises SD-WAN solution for customers needing advanced routing features and other advanced n...

Now Cisco can even network your building systems


The company’s Digital Building Switch series powers the lights and collects data from them The latest network hardware from Cisco Systems gives new meaning to the words “light switch.” The Catalyst Digital Building Series Switch is an Ethernet switch designed to link different kinds of building infrastructure over a network. It will be available worldwide in the second quarter. It uses Cisco’s enhanced version of PoE (Power over Ethernet) to run things like lights and cameras while collect...