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[News] Cisco to Release Piece of Software as Open Source

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Cisco Systems' New Client/Server Messaging Protocol Announced

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| Are your developers using SOAP, CORBA or EJBs? You might want to take a look 
| at Etch. It's language-, platform- and transport-agnostic, and Cisco is 
| planning to release it as open source.  



Is Cisco vulnerable to open source?

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| At the heart of Vyatta is VC4, a Linux-based networking system the company
| claims offers better performance than Cisco gear at a fraction of the price.
| Early, pre-release views are ecstatic. You have VPN support, QOS
| functionality, even traffic-shaping. Download it here.


Cisco: Networking Is Hot Again

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| Network operating systems are also keeping the networking market hot. Cisco
| has recently expanded its operating system lineup to now include IOS, NX-OS
| and Linux. IOS is Cisco's core internetworking operating system that powers
| many of its switches and routers, while NX-OS is a purpose built OS for
| Cisco's Nexus core switching platform.
| As for Linux, Cisco is using the open source operating system in various
| areas including the AXP module that turns ISR routers into Linux app servers.


Cisco's Linux-Based ISR Opens Road For Customized Solutions

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| At the Cisco Partner Summit 2008 in Honolulu, the San Jose, Calif.-based
| networking heavyweight unveiled the Cisco Application eXtension Platform  
| (AXP). The AXP consists of open, Linux-based Cisco ISR hardware modules for
| application development and hosting to support a tighter integration of the
| network and applications.    


One Router to Rule Them All

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| It's not that often that I get to do first-hand, on-the-scene reporting, so I
| was somewhat surprised last week to open an email from one of Cisco's PR
| reps, offering the opportunity to report an announcement of interest to the
| Linux and Open Source community. Being the curious sort, I couldn't pass up
| such an opportunity.    


Cisco Reaches Out to Application Developers

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| First, let’s review the market landscape: Cisco and Microsoft both want to
| dominate the unified communications market. To do so, they will need
| independent software vendors (ISVs) that write applications for their
| respective platforms.  


Cisco Turns Routers Into Linux Application Servers

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| Networking goliath Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) is now opening its Integrated
| Services Router (ISR) and Cisco Wide Area Application Services (WAAS)
| platforms to become Linux-based application server platforms. The move could
| have wide-ranging implications, as Cisco's gear has millions of deployments
| that now can be leveraged to serve applications directly.    



Cisco offers up safe mapping tool as open source

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| This is the first we've come across an open source tool from Cisco. What are 
| the others it has offered? 


Chambers: We're Not Plumbers Anymore  

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| In response to a question about Cisco's views on open source posed 
| by internetnews.com Chambers responded, "I think that open source or 
| open content is the future. You want to be able to create your own 
| content and we want to do that empowerment."


Cisco finds that it's not so easy working with Microsoft

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| Apparently Microsoft has "taken limited steps to share users' presence and
| availabilty information," for fear of losing its ability to own all of the
| client.  
| Someone should tell Chambers that in reality it's not so easy working with
| Microsoft.  


Cisco CEO Says Microsoft Screws Its Partners Everytime...Just Like Apple.

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| If partnering with Microsoft is not a win-win then it must be a win-lose…in
| Microsoft’s favor of course.

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