30 May Is It Too Late For Juniper Networks To Catch Up With Cisco And Aruba?

Cisco Systems’ impressive earnings performance this week begs a question: why has Juniper Systems annual revenue somewhat stalled? For the past few years, Juniper has seemingly been playing catch-up relative to the heavyweight enterprise networking solution providers. A history of non-accretive acquisitions, multiple runs at building out a Wi-Fi portfolio, misses in delivering software-defined networking (SDN) […]

21 May Decoding 5G Standards, Spectrum, And Carriers

The 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) is tasked with setting the standards for wireless wide area networking and mobile communications. As its name might indicate, this started with 3G, the network standard supported on the first Apple iPhone back in the early 2000s. Today, the 3GPP covers existing 2G, 3G, and 4G LTE infrastructure as well as future […]

13 May What Was Big At The Big 5G Event?

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Relocated from my hometown of Austin to Denver and re-branded for 2019, the Light Reading Big 5G Event last week did not disappoint. There was outstanding representation from the likes of infrastructure providers Cisco Systems, Ericsson, and Huawei , as well as mobile operators Sprint, Verizon, AT&T, and Telus. It’s also worth noting that it was the third conference I’ve attended recently […]

18 Apr The Linux Foundation And Its Networking Superpowers

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I’ve written before about the Linux Foundation and the power of open, standards-based networking. Open source is having a significant impact in both the enterprise and with carriers around the globe. It’s also rubbing off on companies such as Cisco Systems, who are embracing a design philosophy that no longer locks customers into a specific networking stack. […]

27 Mar Keerti Melkote And HPE Aruba’s Story Of Wireless Disruption

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Article by Will Townsend. With HPE Aruba’s signature event Atmosphere 2019 just around the corner, I had the opportunity to speak again with Keerti Melkote, President and Founder of Aruba. During our one on one, we discussed a number of topics ranging from Aruba’s birth, its meteoric growth, the HPE acquisition, and his signature vest! […]

25 Mar Enterprise Networking Providers Weigh In On 5G And Wi-Fi

As an industry analyst that covers all things related to network connectivity, I have a unique perspective—I spend a lot of time with enterprise networking companies as well as operators, service providers, and telecommunication infrastructure firms. Each makes a compelling argument for why their solutions are best suited for any given deployment. Lately, though, tier […]

05 Mar Real 5G And AI Converge With Enterprise Networking At Mobile World Congress 2019

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“Intelligent connectivity” was this year’s theme for Mobile World Congress (MWC), the preeminent event focused on mobile communications held last week in Barcelona. Once relegated to cellular devices, infrastructure and mobile services, over the past thirty-two years the show has expanded to include much more. From my perspective, the notion of intelligence from the GSMA […]

13 Feb CBRE, Aruba, Cisco, And Mist Drive Experience-Based Networking

As an analyst that covers all things networking, I’m afforded an opportunity to meet and advise many different companies around the world. Networking has certainly become interesting recently with the promise of 5G and the advent of software-defined features that drive capabilities such as automation and self-healing. However, at the end of the day, networking […]

01 Feb What Do Cisco Systems And A Famous Church In Spain Have In Common?

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I attended Cisco Live! Europe 2019 this week in the beautiful city of Barcelona, Spain. Famous for its amazing cuisine of tapas, paella, and ham, the city also features architectural wonders like the La Sagrada Familia, designed by the famous architect Antoni Gaudi. Construction started in 1882 and the story is that it’s been under […]

15 Jan Verizon, John Deere Bet Big On 5G At CES 2019

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I had the opportunity to attend CES 2019 in Las Vegas last week. Once relegated to consumer gadgets, the massive technology tradeshow showcased the latest in displays, computing, smart appliances, drones, and automotive technology, and much more. The event attracted close to 200,000 attendees, and 4,500 companies around the globe. I arrived at the conference […]

08 Dec Cisco Meraki Eyes Market Disruption Through Simplification

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I recently spent time at Cisco Meraki headquarters, located in the trendy, up-and-coming Mission Bay district of San Francisco. The spectacular views of the water from the complex nearly sent me tumbling down the stairs. I toured engineering, sales, and support areas with Todd Nightingale, Meraki’s Senior Vice President and General Manager. Nightingale has been […]

29 Nov HPE Aruba Turns Green With Artificial Intelligence

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No, I’m not talking about the Grinch or a Marvel superhero. AI is probably one of the hottest trends in the technology world today. It seems that its application is limitless, and networking is no exception. Many solution providers tout AI’s ability to automate, validate, self-heal, and in general make connectivity smarter. This raises several […]

13 Nov Cisco Systems And David Goeckeler’s Vision For Networking

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Before the kickoff of Cisco Systems’Partner Summit 2018 in Las Vegas this week, I had the opportunity to gain some insights from David Goeckeler, Executive Vice President of Networking and Security. David has responsibility for the entire connectivity infrastructure portfolio for the networking giant. His vision for the future of Cisco is decidedly multi-domain and cloud-centric. […]

13 Nov Cisco Systems And Its Bridge To Possible

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Cisco unveils new branding campaign at the Cisco Partner Summit 2018.   WILL TOWNSEND Before I was an industry analyst, I spent a considerable amount of time working in the IT distribution channel. First at Compaq, then HP (after the merger of the two companies), and lastly at a number of smaller start-ups. Some of my […]

08 Nov CenturyLink Field Delivers A “Fan”-tastic Networking Experience

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WILL TOWNSEND I had the recent opportunity to tour CenturyLink Field, home to the Seattle Seahawks and Sounders FC. Built in 2002 upon the same site that the original Kingdome stood, the venue is a marvel of architecture and engineering. Paul Allen, may he rest in peace, was the famous Microsoft  executive credited for winning […]

26 Oct Impressions From The Road: Linux Foundation And Its Role In Network Transformation

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The ONS 2018 Keynote.   Credit: Will Townsend In the past several weeks, I attended both the Open Networking Summit (ONS) Europe and the Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK) Userspace event in Dublin. Both were very different events. ONS showcased many of the dozen or so networking projects hosted by the Linux Foundation. DPDK happens to […]

17 Oct Huawei’s Ambitious Goal To Make Connectivity Smarter

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Shanghai, China.  WILL TOWNSEND Last week, I attended Huawei Connect 2018 in Shanghai, China. In the event’s third year, Huawei outlined its broad strategy to bring artificial intelligence (AI) to the masses, leveraging its growing global footprint in consumer devices, enterprise networking, and wireless carrier infrastructure. With over 26,000 in attendance (a dramatic increase from […]

05 Oct Can Artificial Intelligence And Networking Transform The Hospitality Industry?

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The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort.  SWANDOLPHIN.COM These days we often take finding directions for granted. Easy smartphone apps like Google Maps and Waze all but make paper maps and standalone GPS devices obsolete. Why then hasn’t mapping found its way indoors? Historically, companies used sensors (commonly referred to as beacons) to accomplish […]

20 Sep Verizon Delivers Carrier Network Reliability And Innovation

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  WILL TOWNSEND All of the tier one carriers in the United States claim that their networks are the most reliable, but what are each doing to deliver on that promise? A number of third parties such as JD Power and RootMetrics pour through qualitative and quantitative data to get to the bottom of this. […]

18 Sep Perspectives On MWC Americas 2018: Cisco, Samsung, Qualcomm, Sprint, And More

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Samsung showcases its 5G-related solutions at Mobile World Congress Americas 2018.    WILL TOWNSEND As a technology analyst, I examine and analyze the hardware and software that powers both wired and wireless networking and the services behind the infrastructure. One thing I’ve noticed is that networking is not as dry as it used to be. […]