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  • By teaming up with university researchers on short-term projects, Google aims to see how its technologies can be used in IoT applications and user interfaces.

  • For the past 10 years, Cisco Systems has tracked the amount of traffic running over mobile networks worldwide and has made five-year rolling forecasts about how fast that traffic will grow. Not surprisingly, over those 10 years, the amount of traffic on mobile networks has skyrocketed and, if predictions prove correct, will continue to do so. Cisco officials earlier this month released the latest edition of the company's Visual Networking Index Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast, which said the growth in the number of people and the number of connected devices, the increasing presence of 4G networks and the high demand for video are fueling the sharp surge in mobile traffic. "Mobile data consumption continues to climb, driven by insatiable demand for video, video and more video, coupled with a surge in mobile users and devices, and an expansion of mobile networks to serve the Internet of Things—connected cars, homes, health care and more," Robert Pepper, vice president of global technology policy at Cisco, wrote in a post on the company blog. This eWEEK slide show takes a look at some of the more pertinent numbers from Cisco's report.

  • Growth in such businesses as collaboration, security and routing offset declines in switching and data center products caused by macroeconomic issues.

  • The additions to the Catalyst, ASR and Aironet portfolios are aimed at helping businesses deal with changing demands from BYOD, IoT and the cloud.

  • The company's enhancements to its VidyoWorks platform reduces how much IT infrastructure is needed to run the Vidyo technology.

  • Microsoft and HCL will explore how to implement Internet of things technologies in select verticals, including manufacturing and health care environments.

  • The company, best known for its displays, is offering Prysm Enterprise, a hardware-and-software platform that includes cloud and mobile capabilities.

  • The company is working to expand its market reach and capabilities as it looks to compete in a rapidly changing and competitive UC market.

  • NEWS ANALYSIS: Verizon reported that more than 7TB of data was used on its network, while AT&T saw 5.2TB utilized.

  • The options for the vendor's Midmarket Cloud lineup are designed to make it easier for channel partners to help companies migrate to the cloud.

  • The follow-on to the company's ConferenceCam CC3000e will support up to 20 participants, and offers high-end video and audio.

  • At the ISSCC show last week, MIT researchers  unveiled a chip they say will give mobile and embedded devices deep-learning capabilities.

  • It figures that staging a Super Bowl right smack in the middle of Silicon Valley (Santa Clara, Calif., home of Intel and dozens of other companies) is going to bring out the best in tech, so that the neighborhood can show the world what it's made of. That is certainly the case at Super Bowl 50 in which the Denver Broncos will meet the Carolina Panthers on Feb. 7.  Virtually all facets of the event are smothered in technology—everything from the weeklong pre-game events in which eagerly paying fans went into rooms wearing virtual reality gear and "experienced" what it's like being on the field with 60,000 people watching, to simply getting a decent WiFi connection to send a SnapChat photo during the game (which will be extremely difficult, by the way). The hosting San Francisco 49ers, thanks in large part to partnerships with SAP and Verizon, are very tech-oriented. The stadium will deploy more than 1,200 WiFi hot spots. Fans can go to kiosks to compete in Super Bowl trivia games, and they can try on a virtual helmet of their favorite team. This eWEEK slide show offers some more facets of tech at SB50.

  • Software-defined networking (SDN) and other network virtualization technologies have driven the conversation in the industry for the past several years. However, for all the talk about SDN, the hundreds of analyst reports and thousands of news stories written about it, the tech world is still in the early stages of SDN and network-functions virtualization (NFV). Analysts with Research and Markets expect the market to grow quickly over the next few years—to $11.5 billion between now and 2020. However, enterprises and carriers will continue running pilot programs and early deployments this year and next, with the technology going mainstream between 2019 and 2020. Quinstreet Enterprise, two years after conducting its first survey on the market, recently released another survey, "SDN Growth Takes IT Infrastructure by Storm." What Quinstreet Enterprise—the publisher of eWEEK—found was a market that is moving beyond the hype, with real and expected deployments growing and a broadening array of vendor options. This slide show takes a look at some of the findings.

  • Midokura is including MEM Insights technology in its new MEM 5.0 release, while Pluribus is offering its VCF-IA for any networks.

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