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Geek buy: Linksys E4200

8 Apr

Okay, so this much-sought-after Wi-Fi router is only officially launched to the Singapore media today. But the truth is Linksys’ E4200 has been out in the market here for at least three weeks, during which time I bought myself a unit to hook up to my new fibre broadband connection.

The first thing that catches your eye is its ultra-sleek design. Hands down, this is the most gorgeous-looking home networking router out there, if there’s such a thing. 

Tagged in: broadband, Featured, Internet, networking, Wi-Fi, Cisco, fibre optic broadband, Gigabit Ethernet, Linksys E4200, Wi-Fi,  

Aruba Networks bets on iPads and Android tablets

25 Mar
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Aruba Networks loves iPads, and is betting on the ubiquitous Apple device.

The wireless networking company’s new mobility architecture, Mobile Virtual Enterprise (MOVE), allows mobile devices like iPads to roam freely and connect within an enterprise space, and yet securely tracks them and manages their use.

Most importantly, Aruba Networks claims that their MOVE architecture uses less appliances (and hence rack space, energy and deployment), is simpler to manage, and will over a three year period save 70 percent of the total cost of ownership as compared to a rival solution, say, from Cisco’s Borderless mobility architecture.

At a press conference this week in Singapore, Aruba Networks — ranked number two in wireless switching behind networking king Cisco — quoted this exact example, and also launched MOVE in the Asia Pacific region together with a suite of new wireless products.

Tagged in: android, Cellphones, iphone, networking, Wi-Fi, Aruba Networks, Cisco,  

Cisco pushes video conferencing

3 Mar
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If there’s an overarching theme that Cisco is pushing at their Cisco Channel Partner 2011 event at New Orleans, first and foremost is cloud.

A second key theme would be video.

Not surprising, given Cisco’s foray into this area in recent years: Cisco Telepresence for the big enterprises, Tandberg’s video conferencing (which Cisco acquired for US$3.4 billion in late 2009) for the mid-range and WebEx hosted solutions for the SMB space.

Both CEO John Chambers and CTO Padmasree Warrior mentioned video more than a couple of times during their keynotes yesterday and today.

“By 2013, 90 percent of all consumer IP traffic will be video,” said John in his keynote yesterday, reflecting Cisco’s bullishness about the potential for this market.

Tagged in: Enterprise, networking, Cisco, Tandberg, video, WebEx,  

Cisco takes on cloud, guides partner pre-sales with partner programs

2 Mar
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Cisco’s Edison Peres, senior vice president of worldwide channels

To tackle the multi-billion dollar cloud market, Cisco will create new channel initiatives to help their partners sell the cloud jointly to customers.

At the Cisco Partners 2011 Summit in New Orleans this week, Cisco unveiled their upcoming cloud partner program, which will help partners decide what role they want to play and what business models to adopt in the Cisco cloud ecosystem.

Cisco’s Edison Peres, senior vice president of worldwide channels, said: “Cisco doesn’t want to be a cloud services provider. We want to enable our partners to become the [cloud services] providers.”

Tagged in: Enterprise, Featured, networking, channels, Cisco,  

Juniper attacks core networking market with Stratus QFabric

27 Feb
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Networking company Juniper has released a new technology weapon — its Stratus QFabric switches and architecture — to conquer the core network switching space.

Released three days ago in late February 2011 in a worldwide launch, Juniper’s QFabric architecture is claimed by them to be a technologically superior way to implement network architectures, yielding both higher performance and significantly lower costs.

Lam Chee Keong, enterprise solutions manager for Asia Pacific at Juniper Networks explained that an ideal network architecture has a few key attributes like low latency, high reliability and scalability. These are typically implemented in a three tier networking framework, with core switches being surrounded by access switches and edge routers.

Juniper’s QFabric architecture aims to do away with this.

Tagged in: cloud, Enterprise, Featured, networking, Cisco, data centre, Juniper, networking,  

Linksys E4200 – a router that actually looks good

24 Jan

Who cares how your home router looks like? That is what many broadband users would think until they see Cisco’s new US$179.99 Linksys E4200.

With a svelte frame hiding all the antenna and other networking goodies inside, it is surely one router you won’t mind placing next to your designer furniture in the living room. Linksys already has slim, UFO-shaped routers before this, but the E4200 in its new lineup just looks a lot more streamlined and sleek.

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Cisco’s cloud ambitions

1 Jul
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Look into the world’s tech crystal ball and you’ll see only clouds. Even with my limited divination skills, this trend isn’t hard to spot.

For the past year or so, many tech vendors — e.g. IBM, Microsoft, Oracle — are jumping on and touting clouds as the next big thing. Now Cisco is taking up the banner charge and announcing their strategy and intent to attack this space.

At a telepresence media/analyst session held yesterday at Cisco offices in Asia and US, Cisco’s CTO Padmasree Warrior and senior VP of the software group Doug Dennerline fielded questions on Cisco’s push into clouds.

Firstly, definitions. The over-hyped, fuzzy phrase “clouds” can mean wildly different things to different people, and I have gone off on rants before on what exactly do you mean when you talk about clouds. At least Cisco defined what exactly cloud computing means to them, and here’s their verbatim definition:

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