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Partners are worried that Cisco's acquisition of BroadSoft will create competition between the network leader and its channel community around UCaaS.
Cisco acquiring telecommunications software provider BroadSoft could open the floodgates for more UCaaS sales for channel partners, giving them more subscription services opportunities.
Cisco will leverage BroadSoft's 19 million business subscribers and cloud solutions to aggressively attack the SMB market.
"These bets Cisco is making on AI, machine learning, what the Internet of Things creates – that's what's going to help the business move more to software subscription services than the traditional hardware," said Computex Technology Solutions executive Faisal Bhutto.
Perspica provides visibility throughout the entire application infrastructure stack to deliver past, present and predictive analytics.
McAfee and Cisco announced a partnership at McAfee MPOWER in Las Vegas, which brings together McAfee's Data Exchange Layer with Cisco's Platform Exchange Grid for sharing or threat event context and automation.
'We are dealing with a very interesting opportunity that has really never presented itself to Cisco and its partner community ever before,' said Cisco IoT executive Bryan Bedford during the IoTConnex virtual conference.
"What we're trying to do is create those differentiated services, like Solution Support or Business Critical Services, that gives partners the next-level of capabilities," said Cisco services leader Joe Cozzolino.
Here's what channel partners need to know about Cisco's new services portfolio unveiled on Tuesday.
"When you attach a Polycom device -- both video and voice -- to [Microsoft], we're seeing a twelve-times increase in consumption," said Polycom's Nick Tidd.
HPE President Antonio Neri -- the master architect of the company's software defined hybrid IT strategy -- spoke with CRN about the HPE's plan to roll out artificial intelligence capabilities in the form of Nimble InfoSight to its high-end 3Par storage portfolio and the impact on competitors including Dell EMC, Cisco and Pure.
The tech community, which frequently holds major conferences in Las Vegas including this week, offered thoughts and prayers to all those impacted by Sunday's shooting tragedy.
Although Cisco is still the dominant player in the networking world, both its switch and router market share declined several points during the second quarter of 2017, according to research firm IDC.
The networking giant is expecting to cut approximately 310 positions next month, the company confirms to CRN.
Hyper-converged startup Springpath has been acquired by Cisco for $320 million in the networking giant's latest move to revamp its data center portfolio.
Jon Groves, CEO of Alexander Open Systems, says Agility -- which was built with help from Cisco -- quickly moves from proof of concept to purchase in conversations with customers.
The networking giant unveiled Cisco Intersight on Wednesday to simplify data center operations by delivering systems-management-as-a-service.
The hyper-converged infrastructure market is expanding and showing signs of maturity as at least two vendors get acquired in the first half of this year.
The consortium aims to set the standard for an open-source blockchain protocol and will enable alliance member partners to develop their own suite of applications and services to deliver to a broader ecosystem.
"This is solving the bigger picture of customers wanting to achieve a business goal and tying it to the technology regardless of what the product is," said Cisco services leader Tejas Vashi.