Enterprises implementing UC (Unified Communications) using Cisco Jabber will get some value out of the Logitech UC Solution for Cisco 725-C, but not it's not a complete client-end solution. The package bundles a slick keyboard designed for Jabber, a high-end webcam and, oddly, a mouse. Adding speakers and a headset would have made it more valuable. (This story has been updated to include Logitech's reaction.)
News roundup: F5 launches firewall software for its Big-IP platform; Spirent and Fluke release new appliances for testing and management; Extreme adds AVB support to Summit switches; Meetrix and Polycom team up to support IBM Sametime in the cloud.
Seagate announced a $40 million investment in Virident, which makes flash-based PCIe cards for servers. The move underlines the broad expansion of flash storage into multiple sectors of the enterprise market.
Jeremy Schulman, founder of Schprockits, a network automation startup operating in stealth mode, joins us to explore whether networking professionals all need to learn programming in order to remain employed.
2014 State of Unified CommunicationsIf you thought consumerization killed UC, think again: 70% of our 488 respondents have or plan to put systems in place. Of those, 34% will roll UC out to 76% or more of their user base. And there’s some good news for UCaaS providers.
6 UC Trends to WatchInformationWeek’s 2014 Unified Communications Survey shows a revitalized market; 77% of 488 respondents have deployed UC or plan to within 24 months. Among those deploying or with plans, internal IT owns this tech: 40% will keep UC completely on premises vs. 3% going all cloud. For hybrid setups, 24% are primarily on premises vs. 17% mostly cloud.