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Cisco Acquisition of newScale Completed

Cisco has completed its acquisition of privately-held newScale Inc., a provider of software that delivers a service catalog and self-service portal for IT organizations to select and quickly deploy cloud services within their businesses. Based in San Mateo, Calif., newScale allows commercial and enterprise customers to initiate the provisioning of their own systems and infrastructure on an as-needed basis.

Cisco’s cloud strategy is to harness the network as a platform for building and using clouds and cloud services.

Cisco Announces First Ever Cash Dividend

Cisco today announced that on March 17, 2011, its Board of Directors approved the initiation of quarterly cash dividends to its shareholders.

This is the first cash dividend paid to shareholders in the company’s history. A quarterly dividend of $0.06 per common share will be paid on April 20, 2011, to all shareholders of record as of the close of business on March 31, 2011. Future dividends will be subject to Board approval.


“As the role of the network expands across the IT sector, Cisco’s leadership position in the markets we serve is strong, and the time is right for Cisco to pay our first-ever cash dividend,” said Frank Calderoni, Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Cisco. “This dividend complements our leading position, and is an important part of our commitment to bring value to shareholders.”

MegaPath Launces New Managed Security Services

MegaPath, Inc. launches it’s new MegaPath Managed Security Services. Delivered from the cloud, on-premises or as a hybrid solution for more comprehensive coverage, MegaPath’s Security as a Service (SaaS) offerings leverage the company’s nationwide PCI-certified MPLS network.

As a result of the merger between MegaPath, Speakeasy and Covad in 2010, MegaPath leverages its nationwide network to deliver increased reliability, performance and security to its access, voice and data communications customers. Coupled with the company’s leading Internet connectivity options, MegaPath’s cloud-based services provide customers with a secure network implementation to support their business communications requirements. In addition, the Company’s on-premises security services allow customers to leverage the Internet connection of their choice, while improving their internal network protection.

MegaPath Managed Security Services leverages Fortinet’s (NASDAQ: FTNT) Unified Threat Management (UTM) solutions to deliver robust, industry leading protection, while helping customers to control capital expenses and IT management resources. Customers can select a MegaPath Internet connectivity service and then select the SaaS service to address their specific security requirements, corporate guidelines and compliance needs.

“Security is one of the top concerns within most organizations today, and by adding leading security capabilities to our premises-based offerings, MegaPath can now offer services that protect customers’ internal networks and Internet connections,” said John Ramsey, Senior Product Manager of Managed Security and Compliance, MegaPath.

MegaPath Managed Security Services are ideal for heavily regulated industries, including retail, healthcare and financial services, where businesses must maintain compliance with industry regulations. As part of its SaaS offering, MegaPath is providing customers with enhanced Compliance Services that incorporate managed logging, vulnerability scanning and Security Information Management (SIM). MegaPath’s managed logging provides users with real-time collection and correlation of security events along with a daily automated review function. It also allows users to configure alerts for PCI-related events. The SIM capabilities deliver increased correlation of events across multiple devices and sites, and allow users to view an audit trail for any questionable events.

Ramsey continued, “MegaPath isn’t just helping to lower costs; we are reducing risk and increasing security. In talking with our customers, this is the service they have truly been looking for from their telecommunications partner.”

In addition to its Compliance Services, MegaPath’s Managed Security Services offers Attack Mitigation with an advanced firewall and intrusion prevention with rogue wireless detection, Web Filtering with content filtering and white/blacklisting, Anti-Malware with anti-virus, anti-crimeware and anti-spam, and Application Security with advanced application control and data leak prevention. MegaPath’s cloud-based service requires no additional hardware or OEM contracts and is backed by aggressive SLAs. Customers can also choose a premises-based UTM appliance or take advantage of a hybrid approach, which provides security every step of the way

Cisco Completes Acquisition LineSider Technologies, Inc

Cisco today announced it has completed its acquisition of privately held LineSider Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of network management software that helps customers build the network services necessary to securely create and deploy cloud computing infrastructure. Based in Danvers, Mass., LineSider enhances Cisco’s ability to rapidly provision network services.

LineSider’s software is designed to enable customers to organize their network resources into a flexible cloud infrastructure that integrates the network with customers’ existing IT operational tools and processes. This network abstraction layer allows customers to provision and deploy numerous individual network components much more quickly than previously possible, dramatically reducing network operations costs and accelerating service delivery. LineSider’s unique policy-based approach automatically responds to pre-determined business scenarios and provides maximum performance across networking products and service delivery platforms. A partner-centric approach remains a cornerstone of Cisco’s strategy in the cloud computing space, and LineSider’s technology strengthens Cisco’s ability to work with a broad community of software partners, particularly within the service management space.

In addition to providing Cisco with advanced technology, the acquisition of LineSider brings an industry-leading team of engineers to the company. With the close of the acquisition, the LineSider team becomes part of Cisco’s Network Management Technology Group (NMTG).

Service Providers Top the List as Cloud-Computing Providers

The results of a new research study, conducted by and issued today by Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG), investigates the “public cloud” and the desire of enterprises to use external, on-demand infrastructure and applications. The study reveals that service providers have an opportunity to differentiate themselves and add new revenue-generating services by providing public cloud-computing services.

Cisco IBSG, the company’s global consultancy, recently conducted in-depth, one-on-one interviews with more than 80 enterprise information technology (IT) decision makers from 43 enterprises and public-sector organizations in the United States, the European Union, and India. Additionally, Cisco IBSG interviewed 20 subject-matter experts.

Based on feedback from the survey, Cisco IBSG estimates that nearly 12 percent of enterprise workloads will run in the public cloud by the end of 2013. Furthermore, the study found that desktop applications, email, collaboration, and enterprise resources planning are most likely to shift to the cloud. This, in turn, will yield a market for public, cloud-computing services of approximately US$44 billion.

The study identified a set of target applications for cloud that spans various verticals. Targets for infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) include application development and testing, disaster recovery, simulations, data warehousing, and analysis. Targets for software-as-a-service (SaaS) are customer-relationship management (CRM), email, unified communications, web applications and desktop environments.

Cloud-migration decisions are being made at the application level. Most decision makers envision a staged migration to cloud-computing services, beginning with noncritical applications. Enterprise executives believe that no applications should be automatically excluded from migration to cloud.

Enterprises across many sectors

Global Networking Agreement Signed between AT&T and Linde Sign

AT&T today announced a global networking agreement with Linde Group AG to provide a single and consistent wide area network for 1,700 Linde sites in more than 60 countries. The Linde Group is a world leading gases and engineering company. Linde products and services can be found in nearly every industry, in more than 100 countries. The new network is designed to underpin the on-going business transformation to streamline and optimize Linde

Avaya Virtualization Strategy – Avaya Virtual Enterprise Network Architecture (Avaya VENA)

Avaya, a global leader in enterprise communications systems, software and services, today launched a new data networking architecture that helps enterprises reap the benefits of virtualization in a more simplified and cost-effective manner. This technology utilizes a new, end-to-end enterprise-wide architecture designed to help CIOs and IT departments meet the surging demand for new content and business collaboration applications.

Avaya Virtual Enterprise Network Architecture (Avaya VENA) allows organizations to more easily optimize business applications and service deployments in and between data centers and campuses. Avaya VENA helps reduce costs and can significantly improve time to service by more efficiently optimizing the network connections between application servers and end users