Cisco targets small to mid-market with cloud networking acquisition

Cisco plans to boost its cloud networking capabilities with the acquisition of the San Francisco-based firm Meraki for $1.2bn.

The cash deal, expected to close in the second quarter of Cisco’s fiscal year 2013, gives Cisco access to a host of wireless networking tools and, perhaps more importantly, a route into the rapidly growing small to mid-sized market that Cisco has so far struggled to grab a share of.

Meraki, a Google-backed company founded in 2006, employs around 330 people. It provides Wi-Fi,...

By Matt Henkes, 19 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Industry, Wireless.

How is mobility integration a major challenge for IT?

By Saurabh Sharma, Senior Analyst, IT Solutions

Organisations are moving beyond the traditional means of connecting with existing and potential customers. Similarly, they are exploring different avenues to fulfill the ever-increasing needs for reductions in the cost of IT, greater productivity, and better employee engagement.

As a result, in most organisations, there is a rapid proliferation of disparate applications deployed across different environments.

Mobility integration is a multi-faceted problem: in...

By Ovum Research, 07 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Cloud, Mobile.

Games will drive mobile app storage in the cloud

The iPad Retina display -- combined with Apple's more liberal app submission policy -- have caused the file sizes of leading iOS applications to grow substantially, especially in the video games category. According to the latest market study by ABI Research, the global average app size across all categories was 23 megabytes in September 2012, that's 16 percent more than in March. For the most popular app category, games, the average size was 60 megabytes, meaning a six-month increase of 42 percent. Meanwhile, the size of leading android apps for a similar sample was around six mega bytes in September -- that's representing an increase of 10...

By David H. Deans, 05 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Big Data, Cloud, Entertainment.

Are new EU roaming charge limits an opportunity for carriers?

The recently announced changes to EU roaming charges bring a sense of fairness for consumers, many of whom in the past have unwittingly run up excessive charges abroad (and suffered from the subsequent bill shock a month later). After European ministers agreed to regulate and cap mobile data charges within the EU, operators are keen to adopt network sharing models in order to drive cost efficiencies that help offset the associated fall in revenues. To do so, they'll need to adopt a new business model that...

By Rob Smith, 29 October 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Government, Operators.

Communications Service Providers struggle to live up to SLA expectations

At a time of transition in the telecoms landscape, as cloud and 4G services come to the fore, communications service providers (CSPs) are still struggling to deliver on pre-defined service level agreements (SLAs) according to MDS research.

The survey, conducted amongst 205 IT and telecoms decision-makers, found that 93% of respondents continue to experience problems with the SLAs they hold with CSPs.

While SLAs remain...

By Rob Smith, 24 October 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Industry, Operators.

OnLive and the sad lesson of online’s (near) demise

I remember back in 2002-2003 looking at all those online TV concepts and (as a potential customer) finding it amazing to have so much choice and access to niche content that mainstream media would never offer.

In France there was a company called Canal Web which offered really amazing stuff. They folded in 2003: the quality of content delivery over the broadband that was available at the time...

By Benoît FELTEN, 04 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Cloud, Fiber Optic.

Mobile cloud services sustain revenue and growth in new LTE networks

By Stuart Benington, Director of Portfolio Strategy

As mobile operators invest heavily to migrate to LTE networks, they face a major financial challenge in the near-term. The number of LTE-based services — and the profits they bring in — will require a long-term horizon to achieve a return on investment (ROI).

To speed up their ROI, operators can support an LTE business model with revenues from other services using the same technologies and...

By Tellabs, 29 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, LTE, M2M, Mobile, Operators.

What is the upside for speech recognition in mobile devices?

Get used to the idea of talking to all your consumer electronics (CE) devices as a primary means of interaction, for this is the future of human interface design, particularly with mobile communication devices. As mobile speech recognition technologies continue to improve in their efficacy, the vendors of the speech technology platforms are making concerted efforts to enable the long tail of mobile application developers with speech recognition capabilities. According to the latest market study by ABI Research, the efforts of...

By David H. Deans, 24 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Consumers, Mobile, Research.