Here’s our gathering of the week’s news around software-defined networking (SDN) and related topics.
… Oracle and Microsoft Azure got cozier. ZDNet notes that it’s been possible to run Oracle applications on Azure for free, because the code involved was considered a preview. As of March 12, Microsoft will start charging (and here’s the rate card, if you’re interested.)
… For the first time since 2009, Cisco‘s revenues are down on a year-to-year basis, and they’re going to stay that way for a while. Revenues for the second quarter, which ended Jan. 25, were $11.2 billion, compared with $12.1 billion for the same quarter a year earlier. Cisco predicted third-quarter revenues of $11.2 billion to $11.5 billion, compared with another $12.1 billion the previous year. Among Cisco’s challenges: slower sales to emerging markets, especially China.
… Even so, Cisco increased its dividend by about 12 percent, to 19 cents per share. Maybe it’s a move meant to keep hedge-fund king Carl Icahn at bay, Scott Raynovich speculates on The Rayno Report.
… Guavus launched a virtualized version of its Reflex analytics platform for service providers. The reasons are the usual: A virtual piece of gear is a little bit cheaper for the customer and allows for much more flexible deployment. Guavus says it’s got a fully virtualized environment already running live for one Tier 1 operator.
… Pertino announced general availability of its Cloud Network Engine, an SDN-powered service for small and medium-sized businesses. The gimmick here, as noted earlier, is that Pertino developed an SDN architecture but isn’t selling it; rather, Pertino is using the technology itself to provide a cloud service.