Best of Interop Finalists Announced, any surprises?

The Best of Interop Finalists were announced for next week's 2014 Interop Las Vegas show. Looking at the list there seems to be some products and names that did not make the final list.  Was there a product and vendor you feel that...


A conversation with Kelly Wanser, CEO of Stateless Networks

I had the chance to meet with Kelly Wanser, CEO of Stateless Networks, at Interop in Las Vegas, and I thought her company would be a great fit for our CEO interview series. So we chatted with Kelly about her company.1. Let's start...


A conversation with Suresh Vasudevan, CEO of Nimble Storage

1. So why don't you tell us where you think the markets are at with storage to start?The storage market, estimated at ~$33B (systems spend without including storage software and services), is witnessing dramatic changes driven by the


Who will be the big winner in Las Vegas and who is just rolling the dice?

It has not been that long since Huawei said they were exiting American market then tried to retract the statement to some extent. But here we are in Las Vegas and they have a large booth on the floor with a full presence. So what...


A conversation with Fortinet CEO Ken Xie

1. So why don't you tell us where you think the markets are at with security and EPS to start and then, do you still see growth? You can also include your other products.This is an exciting time to be in security and network...


A conversation with the CEO of Aryaka Networks, Ajit Gupta

Over the next two months I will be talking to CEOs about their companies, the market and what is new. This week we have Ajit Gupta, the CEO of Aryaka Networks. His company is taking on the telco carriers worldwide as well as the WAN...


60 Minutes torpedoes Huawei in less than 15 minutes

Tonight on the TV show "60 Minutes" it took less than 15 minutes for them on national TV to torpedo Huawei in the United States. For those who would like to see the entire script, it can be viewed here on the 60 Minutes website. But...


Cisco vs. Huawei Competitive Testing by Miercom will it ever happen?

Since making its way into the USA market Huawei turned to Miercom to try and validate its equipment to the American Market. We all know Miercom as the hired test center that Cisco uses against every competitor it has in the market...


Cisco finally shows the WAAS App Nav at Cisco Live

With no reply from Cisco on any content for my blog or information since Interop about their secret WAAS App Nav Product, I had to have some friends visit the booth at Cisco Live. They sent me a video, which is available here from...


Top 10 Things you will not hear at Cisco Live this year

So yet another year goes bye and I received no email about press credentials for Cisco Live. For some of you who don’t know, Cisco Live has a policy that it is an invitation-only event for any member of the press. So, if you are like


Made in America: Who is manufacturing in America?

I started a blog at Interop Las Vegas to see where the vendors manufactured their equipment. This was in response to the questions I get about buying American. Many executives are getting hit hard to buy American products and want to


2012 Larry Awards for Best Interop Product Presentation

Once again it is time for the Annual Larry Awards for Best Interop Presentation. Unlike the Best of Interop Awards these awards are given to the vendor who presents the best product presentation on the show floor. Spending three days


Best of Interop Awards called out for product no-show

This blog below was sent to me in email. While I was not going to write about it, I am glad someone else called out the awards. The Best of Interop Awards are a great thing in Las Vegas and companies revel in winning or getting just...


Are they a contender or pretender? Can Huawei survive in North America?

As everyone knows Huawei tried to make a big splash at Interop with a booth to rival Cisco's booth, matter of fact they were side by side on the Interop floor. But the question was how did they do and will they make it in North...


The 2012 Best of Interop Award Winners

The Best of Interop Award winners were announced this morning. Below is a list of the winners. I would like to extend my congratulations to all the award winners and look forward to seeing all of the products live on the Interop...


Made in the USA, does it mean anything to executives?

A question that does come up when speaking to CEO's and CFO's is where are we getting this equipment from or where is it made by the vendor? With that said I decided this year to pose that question to the vendors at Interop. I am...


We are 'LIVE' for 3 rounds at Interop Las Vegas

Its seems that the story of Interop so far from the press releases I have seen and the ones under embargo, it's about the cloud. If it's not about the cloud it's about bigger is better in the core, the race for speed and density.I...


Interop is around the corner, where is Cisco?

With Interop Las Vegas just around the corner the yearly Best of Interop Award Finalists have been announced and are listed below by category. The one thing that made me look twice was the absence of Cisco in certain categories. I...


Riverbed announces new Steelhead Platform in CX/EX and Product in Granite

Today Riverbed is announcing what I think is their best product to date in Granite. They are also showing two other steelhead models today in the CX and EX. I had the chance to sit down and chat with Bob Gilbert of Riverbed to ask a...


Cisco dumps the UMI Personal Telepresence very quietly.

Speaking with a friend who purchased the Cisco UMI Telepresence from Best Buy, I was made aware he cannot get service on the product. Also I was made aware that Best Buy had a fire sale on the product, selling them at a price of 2...


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