Cloudflare adds Secure DNS service on 1.1.1.1

Cloudflare has expanded the range of secure DNS services available. As well as Cisco’s OpenDNS, Google’s DNS service, Oracle’s Dyn, and the recent Quad 9 service, Cloudflare now adds 1.1.1.1 to the mix. According to their blog yesterday (Announcing 1.1.1.1: the fastest, privacy-first consumer DNS service), this is not an April Fool’s joke, but a…

Broadcom completes drawn-out acquisition of Brocade

Broadcom has finally achieved completion on its acquisition of Brocade. Announced in November 2016, this deal has finally completed. Brocade disposed of various units, such as the vRouter team to AT&T. The closing of the deal also releases others for completion. Expect to see deals closing soon including its Wifi business, Ruckus, and IP and…

BT enhances Dynamic Network Services with Cisco ENCS

A short while ago, we posted about BT’s Dynamic Network Services plans. BT has now taken the next step, launching the Cisco ENCS platform as the delivery point for its Connect Services Platform for NFV. Their snappily titled press-release (BT and Cisco accelerate partnership for future networks) has more to say. There’s a bit of BT rebranding…

Meraki connects to Azure cloud

Cisco‘s Meraki division has extended their vMX100 virtual MX gateway to add Microsoft Azure instances. The new version builds on the previous Amazon AWS only deployment (see Meraki introduces virtual MX gateway for AWS). Their blog post (Connecting Clouds) doesn’t add much in the way of technical information, but more about covering the benefits of cloud,…

VMware acquires VeloCloud, consolidates SD-WAN market

VMware have announced in a blog post (Leading our Industry into a Software-Defined Future with Strategic M&A) that they are acquiring VeloCloud. They have also issued the obligatory press-release to support this. They follow Cisco’s acquisition of Viptela (Viptela plans for acquisition by Cisco) in integrating SD-WAN as a feature into networks rather than a…

Product Announcement: Cisco ISR 1000 router

Cisco have launched a new entry point ISR router. This is the Cisco ISR 1000 series, intended as the new entry point for SME connection into the corporate network. It supports lower density remote locations accessing through either an MPLS link or a VPN using the Internet. This isn’t designed to support NFV, but it…

SDxCentral: SD-WAN Vendors Market Share 2Q2017

The post SDxCentral: Top SD-WAN Vendors Based on Revenue in Q1 2017 has been getting a lot of views recently. So here’s an update. SDxCentral yesterday posted their analysis of the Q2 2017 report for SD-WAN market leaders. It makes interesting reading. The top three remain in the same locations as before, with Velocloud leading with a share…

Cisco extends ENCS platform with low-end ENCS5104

At CiscoLive 2017 in Las Vegas, the ENCS platform gained a new four core box. The ENCS5104 is now appearing on the Cisco website in the form of an updated ENCS platform datasheet. The datasheet shows that the platform is a much lower entry point than the previous ENCS54xx series devices.