Author: Jeff Paine

Welcoming Walmart to the Open Networking Community

  Want to catch the latest in open networking? Head to your local Walmart store. It appears Walmart has bought into open networking in a big way. The company recently joined LF Networking, the collaboration ecosystem for Open Source Networking projects that is part of the Linux Foundation. “By...
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3 Reasons Pica8’s PICOS® is (Already) Flourishing Across the Enterprise

  I read with interest a blog post about the open source data center network operating system (NOS) SONiC. To date, SONiC has been deployed mainly by hyperscalers and other large cloud data center providers with very homogenous infrastructure and simple use cases, but a recent Gartner blog post...
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Pica8 Earns Top 10 Spot on CRN.com's list of Cool SDN Networking Tools

  There are far worse ways to start 2021 than to be named a company with one of “The 10 Coolest Software-Defined Networking Tools of 2020” by CRN.com. Even better, in these days of almost zero investigative technology journalism and pay-for-play marketing to get onto lists like these, it was a...
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The Benthic Sadness of Cisco Colony Collapse

Once upon a time, Cisco effectively was the networking industry, starting around the time I joined in 1989 to help the company put together its IPO. The cachet of being an early Cisco customer was very real, and, frankly, Cisco earned its moment in the sun back then, a moment that — to its full...
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Why the Lights Just Dimmed at Cisco

In a clear echo of IBM’s ultimately futile efforts to cut costs in the early 90’s, October 5 was a watershed day for Cisco as over 2,000 of its best, and most senior, employees across the company took early retirement packages —technically, the Cisco Elect Program — and handed in their badges....
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