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  • 3Com acquisition confirms HP-Cisco battle for China

    Hewlett-Packard's 3Com acquisition heightens the HP-Cisco battle for the enterprise networking market, particularly in China. With the new buyout, 3Com's data center core routing and switching may make HP the No. 2 vendor. 

  • Despite Avaya deal, Nortel partners must sell themselves to customers

    With Avaya's agreement to buy Nortel's enterprise business for $475 million, Nortel partners finally have some certainty about the future of the products and services they are trying to sell. But they are still worried about how the deal will play ou... 

  • What will Avaya do with Nortel's data networking business?

    Avaya's acquisition of Nortel's enterprise division is clearly about gaining access to Nortel's voice customers and channel partners, but the deal also includes Nortel's significant data networking business. Avaya may try to retain that business and ... 

  • Nortel routers and switches may go to buyer of telephony business

    Nortel enterprise customers could get swept up in a larger deal for Nortel's telephony business, but it remains to be seen how well a telephony-focused buyer will support networking enterprise customers. 

  • Interop: Reinvent data center networks by smashing silos

    An Internet keynote panel featuring data center networking rivals Cisco, Brocade and Juniper discussed the reinvention of the data center. While Brocade and Juniper criticized Cisco for not embracing open standards and interoperability, all three arg... 

  • IBM re-enters networking market with Brocade OEM deal

    A new Ethernet networking OEM deal between IBM and Brocade promises to reshape the market. Selling Brocade's switches and routers as IBM-branded products not only boosts Brocade's profile but also threatens Cisco's market domination. 

  • 10 Gigabit Ethernet driving a wave of innovation in network switching

    The emergence of 10 Gigabit Ethernet and other new standards is driving a new wave of innovation in network switching and shaking up a mature market. 

  • Brocade's Foundry deal boosts its data center play, but Cisco is ready

    Brocade's acquisition of Foundry Networks for $3 billion puts it in a position to compete with Cisco Systems in the data center networking space. But experts say Brocade will need to get everything right to make it work. 

  • Green networking: Energy efficient upgrades can cut costs

    Upgrading older networking products to greener, more efficient equipment can cut costs, but administrators should take a close look at total savings from switching out energy hogs like gigabit Ethernet switches for new, greener models. A report by Sc... 

  • Cisco bulks up data center switching

    Cisco Systems Inc. today made significant announcements in its data center switching line: an 8-port, 10 GigE module; a blade switch for Fujitsu Siemens; and a Web-based script-sharing community.