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10 Things to Consider About Next-Generation Data Center Automation

Data center systems are not going to get any less complex any time soon. As more and more data is processed, saved, backed up and archived, it is becoming more apparent that IT managers need additional help to handle the deluge. Intelligent automation may be the one best answer: a better central-control model may be the way to keep everything under control. Our source today for the following slide show is rPath, a specialist in this area, which automates software system provisioning and maintenance across physical, virtual and cloud environments. Thanks in particular to rPath's Jake Sorofman, author of The 6 Musts of Intelligent System Automation. We provide a link to a free download of the book on the last page.

Cisco, Juniper, HP drive Ethernet switch market in Q4

The Ethernet switch market grew almost 20% sequentially during the fourth quarter, with Cisco, HP and Juniper Networks adding almost $600 million in incremental revenues, according to a recent study by Dell'Oro Group.

Cisco's share actually declined for the full year, however, and at a quicker pace than the 1% drop in 2008, according to separate research from investment firm UBS.

Year-end budget spending and supply constraints from the previous quarter helped propel market growth in the fourth quarter, according to Dell'Oro's Alan Weckel, director of Ethernet switch research. The worldwide market in Q3 was $4 billion and Dell'Oro had forecast it to be $4.2 billion in Q4, an increase of 5%.

Juniper Networks to Demonstrate Best-In-Class Management Platform at IBM's Pulse 2010 Conference

SUNNYVALE, Calif. — February 17, 2010 — Juniper Networks® (NYSE: JNPR) today announced that at the IBM Pulse 2010 conference, February 21-24 in Las Vegas, it will showcase its open application network platform, Junos® Space, that allows partners and customers to develop applications that leverage the network. This annual event showcases IBM's infrastructure technologies and demonstrates how they integrate business, IT and industry-specific solutions.

In Booth E507 as well as in an Executive Briefing Center demonstration at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, Juniper will demonstrate how customers can gain greater network intelligence and business insight to more rapidly deliver new services and create new business models.

Cisco Unveils the Cisco ASR 5000

SAN JOSE, CA, Feb. 9, 2010 – Cisco today announced it has expanded the ASR Series platforms with the introduction of the Cisco ASR 5000 as a result of the Starent acquisition.  The addition of the ASR 5000 gives Cisco a comprehensive end-to-end Internet Protocol Next-Generation Network (IP NGN) architecture and offers mobile operators a platform specifically designed to accommodate the rapid growth of mobile Internet traffic and mobile multimedia applications.

This Cisco mobile Internet network architecture increases network and customer intelligence, offers world-class performance in each solution, and allows service providers to utilize Cisco networking expertise across any access, including 2G/3G/4G mobile network—from cell site to packet core to data center. With this new architecture, consumers will enjoy faster mobile Internet speeds and more seamless mobile multimedia experiences.

Cisco's Space Router Successfully Operates in Orbit

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Jan. 18, 2010 – Cisco announced today that its Internet Routing in Space (IRIS) technology has achieved a major milestone with the successful in-orbit test of the Cisco IOS® Software's networking capabilities and the company's on-board router.  This is the first-ever deployment of an Internet Protocol (IP) router aboard a commercial GEO satellite.  The technology was launched via Intelsat's IS-14 satellite on Nov. 23, 2009.

Cisco Showcases Breakthrough Consumer Video Experiences at CES 2010

LAS VEGAS - January 6, 2010 – At the 2010 International Consumer Electronics Show, Cisco is showcasing its vision to enable consumers to live a connected life through its momentum in home networking and consumer video products, new partnerships with media and entertainment companies, and plans to drive a new class of consumer video communication experiences.


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