Cisco Extreme Makeover: Meraki, Cloud & Software Licensing
Jan28

Cisco Extreme Makeover: Meraki, Cloud & Software Licensing

Towards the end of 2012 Cisco anted up $1.2 billion for Meraki, a developer of wired/wireless LAN and security products managed via the cloud, and primarily targeted at SMBs. While SMBs are at best an adjacent-market opportunity, “Meraki filled a hole in the company’s portfolio”, it has been wildly successful, and has been one of the “consistently strong performers at the company over the past few years”, said analyst Zeus...

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Microsoft Voldemort (HoloLens) and Windows 10…

Today one of the best kept secrets in Microsoft was demonstrated inside the company I’m calling it Microsoft Voldemort because it is the project that was so secret it couldn’t be mentioned before now. At the heart of this is holographic technology built into Windows 10 (Windows Holographic) which has broad implications for 3D scanning and printing but promises to create a reality that is similar to one of the visions HP had nearly a...

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Herding Cats: Dell K1000 Reins In Chromebooks, Servers
Jan27

Herding Cats: Dell K1000 Reins In Chromebooks, Servers

Although it’s only a dot release, Dell KACE K1000 Systems Management Appliance 6.3, including what Dell calls the first-to-market Chromebook support, and Windows agentless inventory and monitoring for integrated server management, is intended to address a number of major challenges identified in a new survey. Key findings of the survey of approximately 700 IT professionals included: -in addition to traditional computing devices,...

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Oracle Re-engineers Big Boxes for the Data Center

Announced at a live event at the Oracle headquarters this [last] week was a complete overhaul of the company’s high-end engineered systems for the data center. These pre-integrated appliances have always been big and fast, with a big starting price to match, so it wasn’t surprising to see them get bigger and faster. The interesting bit was how they also got cheaper. Or offer more price/performance value, if you prefer the...

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CES 2015’s Implications for Business

Given my usual focus on business IT, I’m often asked why I bother attending the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. It’s a reasonable question since in the main, CES mainly acts as a stage where consumer electronics companies place their bets and roll the dice on where they believe the CE market will go in the coming year. In that particular sense, there literally couldn’t be a better venue for CES than Vegas. My...

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Grading the President’s SOTU Cybersecurity Agenda

In the wake of the furor over the Sony Pictures attack, President Obama came out swinging in his State of the Union speech earlier this week. Not to be outdone, Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) included a cybersecurity-centric sentence or two in the Republican’s response. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE Share this:MoreEmailPrintShare on...

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