Enterprise Networking Week in Review: SIP, Video Conferencing, Wi-Fi, and Linux

Jude ChaoHappy Friday, Enterprise Networking Planet readers! I’m back with our recap of this week’s coverage.

Ultimately, networking is about connecting the people and the systems that make our world go ’round—the faster the better. Speed matters. That’s what Broadcom’s betting on with its new MIPS-based XLP900 processors, which promise to scale up to 1.28 trillion operations per second of compute performance, as Sean Michael Kerner reported. SAS solid state drive speeds are accelerating too, thanks to the impending arrival of 12G SAS. Art Cole discusses Toshiba’s, Seagate’s, and Western Digital’s coming contributions in this week’s installment of his Data Center blog.

And how do the people on those fast networks connect? If they’re using VoIP telephony and/or a Unified Communications (UC) stack, then they’re making use of Session Initiation Protocol (SIP). This week, Paul Rubens brought us a glossary of key SIP terms, which anyone tasked with supporting VoIP and UC must know. Watch out for more on SIP from Paul in the future, including an upcoming guide to using SIP to solve common VoIP and UC problems.

Speaking of communications, more and more people in the enterprise want to add video conferencing to their communications toolkit. Video conferencing capabilities don’t always come cheaply, however, particular when it comes to the big players in the UC market. Luckily for businesses of all sizes, a number of vendors have come along with new solutions. Pexip, founded by former Cisco Tandberg executives, offers a scalable virtual meeting platform for voice and video collaboration, as Sean reported. Zoom, another upstart with a big-player background—its founder, Eric Yuan, was VP of engineering at both Cisco and WebEx—hopes that the true mobile functionality and “disruptive” pricing of its video conferencing solution will help the company make a big splash.

Mobile can’t do much without wireless, of course. The big wireless news this week came courtesy of the Wi-Fi Alliance, which formally announced its certification program for 802.11ac-compliant devices this week. Sean covered the announcement, which will help ensure end-user interoperability of the new generation of Wi-Fi devices for an even more connected tomorrow. And while we’re on the topic of Wi-Fi, can anything be done to augment our public Wi-Fi spectrum? GlobalStar thinks so. The mobile satellite services provider has petitioned the FCC to authorize the terrestrial use of its satellite spectrum, potentially opening up a new, clean spectrum for carrier and enterprise Wi-Fi.

Of course, the networks that provide the backbone for all those connections need attention, too. In network software news this week, Cisco acquired Composite Software for $180 million. That purchases Composite’s data virtualization platform, which offers benefits for big data analytics as well as SDN, as Sean reported. Sean also covered Cumulus Network’s emergence from stealth mode this week. Cumulus offers its network operating system, Cumulus Linux, for installation on whiteboxed switches.

And finally, no week here would be complete without a conversation with an IT leader. This week, I spoke to Deltek VP of IT George Goforth about Deltek’s decision to switch from copper to glass when it moved to a new headquarters.

Stay tuned. We’ve got plenty planned for next week, including Sean’s coverage from Cisco LIVE in Orlando, a major security announcement from a major vendor, and much more. Enjoy your weekend. We’ll see you next week!

Jude Chao is Executive Editor of Enterprise Networking Planet. Follow her on Twitter @judechao.

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