Take a Network Break! Episode 57 is chock full of news. We start with Dell and EMC; at the time we recorded, Dell’s acquisition of the storage giant wasn’t official, and we speculate on why this move might be afoot. The acquisition has since been confirmed.
Sticking with talk of mergers and acquisitions, we look into rumors about Juniper Networks being a candidate to either go private or get acquired. We also discuss the prospects for a new, open source network OS being launched by HP.
Other brand-name tech giants are also attempting to manage disruption; Cisco CEO Chuck Hollis shared new ideas around strategy and pricing structure for the networking company.
We also look at how AT&T is spreading its bets among proprietary vendors and open source efforts as the company ramps up adoption of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV).
Meanwhile, we check in with Arista on new partnerships around microsegementation services, and place bets on the likelihood of a tax holiday for Apple, which is holding gobs of cash overseas.
Last but not least, we castigate Verizon for double-dipping on its customers by marrying user data collected by a zombie cookie with user data collected by its AOL ad network.
You can find links to all the stories we discuss below.
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Dell And EMC
Dell Is Said to Be in Talks to Acquire EMC – NY Times
Juniper On The Block?
M&A Speculation Swirls Around Juniper – Light Reading
Another Open Source Network OS
HP Opens Up Homegrown Network Operating System – The Platform
Cisco Talks About The Future
Cisco’s New C.E.O. Envisions Big Changes – The New York Times
AT&T Spreads The Love For NFV
Juniper Networks Contrail Selected to Support the AT&T Integrated Cloud – Juniper Networks
Cisco Advancing Virtualization with AT&T – Cisco Systems
ONOS Searches for a New Daddy – SDX Central
Arista Touts Microsegmentation Services
Arista Extends CloudVision for Secure Cloud Networking – Arista Networks
Revenge Of The Zombie Cookie
Verizon’s zombie cookie gets new life – Ars Technica