Protecting Innovation: Update on ITC Cases

Source: Cisco
Earlier this week, Cisco received some welcome news. The U.S Patent and Trademark Office has rejected Arista’s second attempt to invalidate a Cisco patent that was asserted in the ‘945 International Trade Commission (ITC) investigation. This is also a patent where the ITC staff recommended a finding of infringement. We are now looking forward to early March and the public release of detailed rulings in the first ITC case (‘944). We expect the release of two key documents: Final Determination […]Protecting Innovation: Update on ITC Cases

Mobile World Congress: It’s Not Just for Mobile Anymore

Source: Cisco
Here we are, at the verge of what is the 30th Mobile World Congress , in Barcelona. It’s a show I tend to characterize as “the water cooler for telecom,” because everybody is there! Over its impressive and storied history, starting in London in 1987, MWC has consistently served up the “firsts” that ultimately become everyday realities, and indeed necessities — the first mobile phone call, for instance. The first text message, the first tablet, the first app store — even the first […]Mobile World Congress: It’s Not Just for Mobile Anymore

Wave good bye 2 slow WiFi

Source: Meraki-Cisco

On February 9th we announced the launch of the latest access point (AP) to join the Meraki wireless portfolio, the flagship MR42. The MR42 is a 3×3:3 802.11ac Wave 2 AP that ushers in a new era of high performance, more efficient WiFi thanks to  the inclusion of Multi User – Multiple Input Multiple Output (MU-MIMO).

In addition to this, the MR42 continues our strategy of completely integrated beacon and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) functionality. This sees the MR42 becoming our most technology advanced wireless platform, with four integrated radios and the latest 802.11 wireless standard, yet all in a sleek low profile design.



MU-MIMO allows wireless networks to more efficiently service the increasing numbers of phones, tablets, and other personal mobile devices. MU-MIMO does this by allowing the AP to communicate with multiple devices concurrently, rather than consecutively.

With Single User MIMO (SU-MIMO) the AP can use the multiple spatial streams to send a large amount of data to clients that can receive all these streams. Devices such as laptops could support two or sometimes three streams, allowing for high speed connections. Unfortunately smaller mobile devices like phones can typically support only one stream, and thus can’t take advantage of this capability.

SU-MIMO-b1MU-MIMO solves the problem of devices being unable to use all these spatial streams. The AP can use the individual spatial streams to send separate transmissions to distinct clients simultaneously. This increases the total network performance and improves the end user experience, especially when large numbers of devices are connected.

MU-MIMO-bThe addition of MU-MIMO complements Single User MIMO (SU-MIMO) rather than replacing it. An AP can choose the best way to transmit: simultaneously to multiple devices as efficiently as possible, or consecutively to individual devices as fast as possible. It is now time to wave goodbye to slow WiFI.

Are you looking for a next generation wireless solution that can future proof your network against the growing demands of your users? Then there is now one clear choice, the cloud managed Meraki MR42 AP. To find out more details you can visit the product page or listen to one of our launch webinar recordings.

Wave good bye 2 slow WiFi

Generating new insights for the Nokia sales team by migrating to Power BI

Source: Microsoft
To improve processes and performance, Microsoft IT migrated over 800 Nokia sales professionals from a third-party business intelligence tool to Microsoft Power BI. The new sales analytics tool provides enhanced self-service reporting capabilities that have increased productivity, sales excellence, and user satisfaction.
Generating new insights for the Nokia sales team by migrating to Power BI

Fantastic Four Tens

Source: Meraki-Cisco

Creating networks for small offices is a piece of cake. Connect all the desktop computers, wireless access points, phones and printers to your switch, add an uplink connection to the Internet Service Provider and that’s it. Deployments like these are typically very undemanding and trade high performance and redundancy for low cost.

With the wired network forming the central nervous system of any organization, as the network size grows, often so too does the need for greater speed, broadcast domain segregation and reliability. Suddenly a whole host of new features and troubleshooting tools are required: VLANs, DHCP, user or device authentication, Quality of Service, security filtering, port mirroring, the list goes on.

At the physical layer, growing a network means adding switch ports and switches, but what happens when those switches can no longer reach the central data center, or where the number of connections back to that data center exceeds available cabling? This is perhaps the most common driver towards some form of distribution or aggregation switch, and in a physically larger environment this is usually a fiber-based switch.

To meet these requirements, Meraki customers have been able to deploy our MS420 switch for some time. This premium model spares no expense when it comes to performance. Capable of a switching capacity approaching 1Tb/s and with up to 48 x SFP+ interfaces, the MS420 provides some serious horsepower for demanding enterprise networks.

Now there’s a new option for customers focused on fiber aggregation to scale their networks, without necessarily requiring the data-center class performance offered by the MS420. MS410 comes in two configurations, 16 and 32 SFP interfaces, with 2 and 4 SFP+ uplink ports respectively. There’s also the redundant, hot-swappable power supplies and fans required of a switch built for redundant network designs.


New for the aggregation switch line are dedicated stacking ports which enable a stack of up to 8 MS410s. These high speed ports provide for a stack bandwidth of 160Gbps with spatial reuse, making optimal use of stacking connections by removing packets from the stack ring once the switch in the stack containing the packet destination. Link aggregates of up to 8 connections can be made, and these can even operate across multiple switches at either the aggregation or access layers, reducing still further the single points of failure in the network design.


Finally, we have one piece of good news for customers of the premium MS420 switch. Whilst this model does not come with dedicated stacking connections, we are adding stacking support in software, enabling a stack of MS420s to be built using the regular SFP+ ports, all via a free software update, coming soon.

We’re serious about providing the building blocks required by a modern enterprise network. The new MS410 will enable scale for more of our customers and more dependable network architectures for mission critical deployments. As with all Meraki products, MS410 is available for a trial, during which we’ll be happy to provide support from our dedicated trials team. In the meantime, please take a look at our newly revised MS400 Series datasheet for our aggregation switch line. We’re looking forward to seeing how these new switches get put to use.

Fantastic Four Tens

Naritiv, The Ad Network For Snapchat, Raises $3 Million Series A

Source: Tech News – Enterprise
Screen Shot 2016-02-16 at 8.24.04 AM Naritiv, the platform that connects brands and advertisers with influencers on Snapchat, has today announced the close of a $3 million Series A. Investors in the round include FreeForm, Third Wave Capital, and Luminary Capital, and Disney, among others. Naritiv launched out of the Disney Accelerator, powered by TechStars, in 2015. Naritiv works like this: The company has amassed a network… Read MoreNaritiv, The Ad Network For Snapchat, Raises Million Series A

Benchmark(et)ing Nonsense IOPS Comparisons, if you insist – Nutanix AOS 4.6 outperforms VSAN 6.2

Source: VMware
As many of you know, I’ve taken a stand with manyother storage professionals to try to educate the industry that peak performance is vastly different to real world performance. I covered this in a post titled:Peak Performance vs Real World … Continue reading ?
Benchmark(et)ing Nonsense IOPS Comparisons, if you insist – Nutanix AOS 4.6 outperforms VSAN 6.2