Michael Cooney

Senior Editor

Michael Cooney is a Senior Editor with Network World who has written about the IT world for more than 25 years. He can be reached at michael_cooney@idg.com.

Gartner: 2021 IT spending rally could hit $3.9T

Gartner: 2021 IT spending rally could hit $3.9T

Gartner says businesses need to advance their digital-transformation plans 5 years to survive in a post-pandemic world.

Cisco tags critical security holes in SD-WAN software

Cisco tags critical security holes in SD-WAN software

Cisco has noted and fixed two “critical” and a number of “high” degree vulnerabilities in its SD-WAN software portfolio.

Cisco coughs up another $1.9B to buy Acacia

Cisco coughs up another $1.9B to buy Acacia

Cisco raised its takeover offer for Acacia to $4.5 billion, up from $2.6 billion, in a move to boost Cisco's optical-system strategy.

Cisco adds to its Nexus data-center-management software

Cisco adds to its Nexus data-center-management software

Cisco has added support for traditional network environments to the company’s recently available data center management console.

VMware loses CEO Gelsinger to Intel

VMware loses CEO Gelsinger to Intel

Intel says it will bring on current VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger Feb. 15 to replace Intel CEO Bob Swan.

Cisco fights to keep alive its planned $2.6B purchase of optical-tech vendor Acacia

Cisco fights to keep alive its planned $2.6B purchase of optical-tech vendor Acacia

Cisco brokered a deal for Acacia in 2019 for approximately $2.6 billion to bolster its optical systems portfolio, and Acacia wants out.

Spotlight on home-office connectivity intensifies in 2021

Spotlight on home-office connectivity intensifies in 2021

Work-from-home users to get more sophisticated network hardware and software as enterprises consider options such as SD-WAN and SASE.

Cisco takes additional steps to fight counterfeit network gear

Cisco takes additional steps to fight counterfeit network gear

Cisco has added new security labels and enhanced cooperation with online marketplaces to crack down on criminals hawking counterfeit network hardware and software.

SolarWinds Trojan: Affected enterprises must use hot patches, isolate compromised gear

SolarWinds Trojan: Affected enterprises must use hot patches, isolate compromised gear

SolarWinds is recommending that customers hit by the Trojan embedded in a version of its Orion network-monitoring platform update to a new release of the software as Microsoft, Cisco, others weigh in.

Multicloud management: Challenges for technology, people, processes

Multicloud management: Challenges for technology, people, processes

While cloud computing has been around in some form for about a decade, tools to manage its current enterprise iterations from private, on-premises or public locations are still evolving, but at a rapid rate – Gartner says that more...

AWS improves SD-WAN-to-cloud connectivity with Cisco, Aruba, Arista and others

AWS improves SD-WAN-to-cloud connectivity with Cisco, Aruba, Arista and others

Cisco taps into AWS Transit Gateway Connect with SD-WAN, ACI integration

Aruba unveils new data-center orchestration software, switches

Aruba unveils new data-center orchestration software, switches

New Aruba CX 8360 switches plus Fabric Composer software is intended for distributed data centers.

Juniper reinforces its intent-based networking with Apstra buy

Juniper reinforces its intent-based networking with Apstra buy

Juniper adds Apstra to two other recent acquisitions to boost its networking portfolio.

AWS enlists partners to encourage mainframe-to-cloud migration

AWS enlists partners to encourage mainframe-to-cloud migration

AWS expands its Competency Program with help from consultants Deloitte and Tata, plus tech partners Micro Focus, Blu Age, Advanced - Modern Systems and TRSI.

Cisco’s Nightingale: Cloud-neutral orchestration and automation are primary goals for 2021

Cisco’s Nightingale: Cloud-neutral orchestration and automation are primary goals for 2021

While Todd Nightingale has been Cisco’s Enterprise Networking & Cloud business chief since March, some of the directions he wants to take the company’s biggest business unit – namely superior cloud neutral orchestration and...

Apstra arms SONiC support for enterprise network battles

Apstra arms SONiC support for enterprise network battles

The SONiC community has been expanding and includes Dell, Arista, Nokia, Apstra, Alibaba, Comcast, Cisco, Broadcom, Juniper, Edgecore, Innovium, NVIDIA-Mellanox and VMware. According to IDC, a SONiC data-center switch market will be...

IBM sharpens its hybrid cloud, AI focus with Instana buy

IBM sharpens its hybrid cloud, AI focus with Instana buy

Instana brings AI-powered application performance management for hybrid clouds to IBM lineup.

Cisco gains container security with Banzai Cloud buy

Cisco gains container security with Banzai Cloud buy

Banzai deal follows Cisco's acquisition of cloud-native security startup Portshift.

VMware preps network software to support distributed work, faster application delivery

VMware preps network software to support distributed work, faster application delivery

VMware upgrades span its Tanzu, NSX and SD-WAN product families.

Palo Alto cloud service prevents distributed enterprise data loss

Palo Alto cloud service prevents distributed enterprise data loss

Palo Alto’s Enterprise Data Loss Prevention service will help protect intellectual property

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