Cisco executives' crystal ball predicts real-time communication on the Web, the Internet of Things, and other networking advances.
The Open Compute Project this week announced that it is considering four contributions for development of an open, operating system-agnostic data center switch it announced six months ago.
Facebook's Open Compute project, which is working on open source servers and switches, will be limited by "weaknesses" in scope that Cisco can exploit, CEO John Chambers said this week.
Start-up Cumulus Networks this week has emerged with a Linux network operating system designed for programmable data centers like the ones Google and Facebook are building.
Google is using OpenFlow to interconnect data center over a WAN, and startup Glue Networks is targeting Cisco's installed base of WAN routers as a sweet spot for its SDN WAN offerings.
SDNs are a way to make networks more programmable through software so that they can be reconfigured quickly and functionally extended more easily.
From software-defined networking challenges to killing Cius and corporate restricting moves, it was a busy year for Cisco.
It's not hard to find Internet pioneer Dr. Leonard Kleinrock -- he's been at UCLA for 50 years, since 1963.