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Heartbleed Bug Catches Cisco and Juniper in its Grasps

Heartbleed Bug

Last week on April 7th the web was rocked by a security bug called Heartbleed.  It’s a flaw in a commonly used security system, OpenSSL, which nearly two-thirds of all websites globally out there use to keep information secure.  The media has had a field day with this news and unless you live under a rock you’ve probably already heard about the Heartbleed Bug or seen its logo.  The flaw in the system lets attackers eavesdrop on Web, e-mail, and some VPN communications.  Not only are servers using OpenSSL affected by this vulnerability, network gear from Cisco and Juniper Networks using OpenSSL are affected as well. 

Cisco and Spherix Go Head to Head in Nortel Patent Lawsuit

spherix vs cisco

Cisco finds itself in another legal patent battle.  Spherix, a research and intellectual property firm, has filed a lawsuit against Cisco for allegedly infringing its patents relating to data center switches and routers.  Spherix bought these patents from Nortel in 2009, and is claiming that Cisco has been knowingly violating 11 of these Nortel patents.  The ones in the dispute relate to a portfolio Spherix acquired from Nortel for $4.5 billion.  Cozen O’Connor filed the suit on behalf of Spherix on March 24th in the Delaware federal court. 

Will Cisco and others survive amidst SDN and Cloud Computing?

SDN and Cloud Computing

Pierre Ferragu of Bernstein Research covered six networking vendors rating them on their market performance.  Cisco Systems, Ubiquity Networks, and F5 Networks all received a market performance rating of “Outperform”.  Juniper was given a “Neutral Market Perform” rating, and Aruba and Ruckas were given a rating of “Underperform”.

Digital Right to Repair Coalition releases Negotiation Techniques when buying Digital Technology:


Negotiation Goals:

All hardware (tangible assets) must be fully transferrable as whole machines without any post-purchase involvement on the part of the OEM.

The V's of Big Data: Velocity, Volume, Value, Variety, and Veracity

big data

When it comes to Big Data, obviously there’s a lot of it flying around these days.  Data is being produced at astronomical rates.  In fact, 90% of the data in the world today was created in the last two years!  The term “big data” can be defined as data that becomes so large that it cannot be processed using conventional methods.   The size of the data which can be considered to be Big Data is a constantly varying factor and newer tools are continuously being developed to handle this big data.  It is changing our world completely and shows no signs of being a passing fad that will disappear anytime in the near future.  In order to make sense out of this overwhelming amount of data it is often broken down using five V's:  Velocity, Volume, Value, Variety, and Veracity.

Juniper’s Engineering Department Continues to Dwindle

Juniper Engineering Department

Dissention in any form or organization is never a good thing, and Juniper Networks seems to be finding that out the hard way.  It’s no secret that Juniper’s switching and SDN engineers have been leaving steadily for the past year.  Their latest casualty – Thomas Nadeau.  Nadeau jumped ship this month and joined Brocade as a distinguished engineer.  It seems the acquisition of Contrail Networks along with Juniper’s CTO and founder, Pradeep Sindhu, seem to be the cause of the rift.

2014 Brings Big Changes to Facebook's Data Centers

Open Compute Project

We first talked about Facebook’s Open Compute Project back in June of last year in our blog post, “Will Cisco Survive Facebook? Sure they will, but it is going to get interesting.” After last week’s Open Compute Summit it is time to broach the subject once again.  Facebook announced that it will be making big changes in its data centers this year.  Changes that will no doubt rock a few of the incumbents like Cisco, Juniper, and Brocade, as they move away from conventional networking suppliers. 

The Pentagon has its Eye on China's Technology Innovations

The Pentagon

As concern arises over the potential military consequences of highly technological innovation in China and other nations, the Pentagon is working on creating a program that will track and analyze these new technological advances.  The program will focus on technology research, patents, military records and interview shows.  Over the past few decades, we have seen the change from the Cold War of intelligence gathering to the current global climate of information available over the Internet that challenges the traditional methods of intelligence gathering. The sheer volume of data (big data) and information overwhelms the ability of analysts to produce intelligence from new electronic sources.

Server sales drop again in Q3, traditional OEMs like IBM losing market share

IDC Q3 2013 Server Sales IBM HP Dell Oracle resized 600

Worldwide Server sales dropped from $12.559 Billion to $12.085 Billion through 3Q13 compared with 3Q12. That’s a smaller decline than 2Q13 YOY which was a 6.2% drop.

What will Top the Technology Charts in 2014?

2014 technology

2013 brought about many advances in technology as the world continues to move towards the Internet of Things, Big Data continues to increase, and mobile devices turn over faster than anyone can keep up with.  So as 2013 nears to an end, the question becomes, what will advances in technology bring in 2014?  Frank Gens, Senior Vice President and Chief Analyst at IDC predicts, "In 2014, we'll see every major player make big investments to scale up cloud, mobile, and big data capabilities, and fiercely battle for the hearts and minds of the developers who will create the solutions driving the next two decades of IT spending. Outside the IT industry, 3rd Platform technologies will play a leading role in the disruption (or "Amazoning") of almost every other industry on the planet."

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