4 Cisco Stories You Need to Know Now
After cutting 7 percent of its workforce last week, Cisco continues to make news. Here are some of the top headlines.
1. Irritable Cisco kicks Nutanix out of partner program
Nutanix has been kicked out of Cisco’s Solution Partner Program with UCS as Cisco views its move to validate Cisco UCS C-Series servers to run its hyper-converged Enterprise Cloud Platform software as competitive. According to The Register, Nutanix said it is disappointed that “Cisco wouldn’t embrace the strong customer and partner demand for Nutanix on Cisco UCS and create more choices, and thus value, for their customers.”
In an email distributed to joint channel partners, and shared with The Register, Cisco said:
The Cisco solution partner program (Cisco Solution Partner Program – SPP) promotes the integration of complementary solutions partners with Cisco architecture and go-to-market initiatives together.
With the introduction of HyperFlex … technology, Nutanix became a direct competitor of Cisco’s own technology. As a result, Nutanix is no longer part of the Solution Partner Program with UCS, not to confuse the channels, field teams and our customers.
2. U.S. Trade Rep Approves Import Ban on Arista Devices, Says Rival Cisco
The U.S. Trade Representative has upheld an import ban on Arista Networks Ethernet switches, according to Fortune, following a decision in June to ban the switches on the finding that they infringe on three Cisco patents.
The import ban started on Tuesday, according to a blog post by Cisco general counsel Mark Chandler.
3. Here’s how the NSA spied on Cisco firewalls for years
By now you’ve probably heard how the NSA had the ability to spy on Cisco firewall traffic, and this article goes into a bit of detail about how that was possible.
4. Five Reasons to Buy Cisco Systems Now
Motley Fool says it’s a great time to buy Cisco (CSCO) – with a 60.7 percent market share of the switching market, it’s far and ahead other competitors in the space. To put it in perspective, its nearest competitor HP Enterprise has just 9 percent of the market.