Networking blogs: Cisco acquires Whiptail, enters data storage market

In this blog roundup, learn how Cisco's acquisition of Whiptail reflects today's data storage market and networking trends.

Cisco's acquisition of Whiptail amplifies focus on the storage tier

No question: $415 million is a lot of money.  Cisco seems to think it's money worth spending, though, witness its purchase of data storage manufacture company Whiptail.  Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) senior analyst Mike Bowker says the acquisition shouldn't come as a surprise. After all, he writes, IT, server and storage infrastructure is collapsing into a single system; and the same benefits that have blossomed from server virtualization will extend into storage as well.

Learn more about what the Whiptail acquisition means for Cisco and the networking world in this blog.

You now have one less way to recover your data, but you might not have noticed

Just because the newest generation of laptops and tablets don't have traditional hard drives doesn't mean all hope is lost when needing to recover lost or stolen data. In fact, according to ESG senior analyst Jason Buffington, the nonexistence of a hard drive could actually end up saving you time and money -- all without having to sacrifice your data in the case of theft, loss or in the event the device breaks.

To read more about why and how you could actually benefit from losing one method of data recovery, check out this blog.

Hybrid cloud battle will be won in the middle ground

Some of the most successful companies have introduced "disruptive technologies" -- technologies that spark big changes in the networking world and have a far-reaching impact on procedures such as data management. According to Greg Ness of Archimedius, hybrid cloud computing is the next big "disrupter." Many companies have the chance to win this "cloud war" and beat out their hybrid cloud competitors-- but there is more to it than just having the best cloud offering.

Find out what else these companies need to do in order to blow away the competition.

Vendor certifications vs. college degrees

Is a formal college degree the only route to success? According to blogger Keith Townsend, there is a strong case to be made for opting for vendor certifications. Townsend says a lot of his personal success can be attributed to certifications he's acquired rather than degrees he may have earned. That said, Townsend said a college degree is not a waste of time, especially if it helps people obtain a solid grasp on industry fundamentals.

Read more about Townsend's views on degrees versus certifications -- and his advice that combines both options

This was first published in September 2013

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