7 Vendors Makings News at Cisco Live 2017

Wednesday Jun 28th 2017 by Sean Michael Kerner
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Cisco's big annual customer event in Las Vegas is also a big opportunity for its partners to make news.

The Cisco Live event running this week in Las Vegas is a showcase for Cisco to show off its' latest and greatest innovations. Cisco Live is also an opportunity for Cisco's partners (and competitors) to announce new gear and services as well.

1. Opengear

Infrastructure management vendor Opengear announced its new Lighthouse 5 release. Lighthouse is a centralized platform for out-of-band IT infrastructure management.

"The demands for faster infrastructure management, more efficient issue resolution, and automatic provisioning of infrastructure continue to escalate," Marcio Saito, CTO, Opengear, said in a statement. "With the release of Lighthouse 5, Opengear is proud to offer a complete solution for quickly and remotely accessing network equipment regardless of physical location, the network intelligence required to troubleshoot and automatically remediate network disruptions, and the tools to automate the configuration and enrollment process for new devices at scale."

2. Actiance

Actiance announced a new integration with Cisco's Spark collaboration platform, enabling organization to apply compliance controls to content.

"Cisco Spark is among the most secure and reliable cloud collaboration tools used by organizations today," Anthony West, Chief Technology Officer at Actiance, stated. "With over a decade of experience in capture, data loss prevention, and active compliance for real-time communications, Actiance supports the needs of its customers who also require communications capture, real-time governance, cloud archival, and context-preserved eDiscovery."

3. NetBrain

NetBrain used Cisco Live as the venue to announced and demonstrate its Integrated Edition 7.0 automation platform. The new release includes improved data visualization and scalability.

"NetBrain Integrated Edition employs a map as a single pane of glass by putting important data and insights at the fingertips of network and security teams in a visual format, minimizing reliance on the command-line interface and disparate network management tools," Lingping Gao, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NetBrain Technologies, said. "Through our platform and its ability to integrate with third-party solutions, enterprises can now enhance their IT workflows with greater visibility and automation, allowing them to quickly diagnose network problems and security threats in real-time."

4. WWT

Technology integrator World Wide Technology (WWT) announced its new EA+ services program at Cisco Live.  

"EA+ is a complete rethinking of how enterprise agreements work,” said Dean Romero, practice director for software and lifecycle services at WWT. "Instead of just being a pricing tool, we’ve turned it into an asset that delivers business outcomes. Speed, simplicity and innovation can be achieved if you utilize the right approach to your software."

5. Netscout

Netscout debuted is news nGenius Packet Flow System (PFS) 5000 models at Cisco Live, providing new capabilities to network administrators.

"The new products are the first step toward a complete disaggregation of network packet broker functionality, where the NETSCOUT Packet Flow Operating System (PFOS) software is decoupled from the underlying hardware," Sanjay Munshi, vice president of products for PFS business unit at NETSCOUT stated. "The first controller-less open compute approach brings significant flexibility for our customers enabling them to cost-effectively evolve and further scale their monitoring infrastructures on demand." 

6. IBM

IBM announced an improved storage effort that will enable Cisco UCS server customers to use the IBM CloudObject Storage (COS) System, as a VersaStack Solution for Cloud Object

"At IBM, we want to make it easy for organizations to adapt their IT environments when business needs change," Phil Buckellew, general manager, IBM Cloud Object Storage, said in a statement. "Providing IBM Cloud Object Storage for Cisco hardware customers does just that – it allows them to use their existing investments to gain massive scalability for large volumes of data or changing business needs, with the option to extend into the IBM Cloud if and when it makes sense for them."

7. Savvius

Network visibility vendor Savvius announced its Omnipliance Ultra appliances at Cisco Live, providing users with the new Savvius Spotlight feature to help reduce the Mean Time To Resolution (MTTR) of network issues.

"The traditional network monitoring concept of ‘capture, store, retrieve, and display’ just doesn’t scale to today’s fast networks, leaving those responsible for network performance with ambiguous data that requires tedious deciphering and interpretation," Larry Zulch, President and CEO of Savvius, stated “We started by asking our customers what they wanted to know about their network, even if current products couldn’t supply it. Our team came up with innovative approaches to supply the information they desired on fast networks in real time, and then developed a beautiful and functional user experience to make it useful."

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

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