You might say that Arista was in a fight with its own arm. (See Arista Faces Legal Challenge as It Files for $200M IPO .)
Despite the legal threat, the Arista IPO came and was successful, with stock soaring 32% on the first day of trading. (See Arista up 32% on IPO.)
Then early this month the other shoe dropped. (See Cisco Slams Arista With Massive Patent & Copyright Suit.)
One of Arista's selling points is that its gear is manageable using Cisco-compatible CLIs, making retraining needs minimal. Cisco says it has the copyright on the CLIs.
Cisco also says Arista violated a whole mess of Cisco's patents, and that Arista plagiarized great swathes of Cisco documentation, grammatical errors included.
Arista countered like this:
In a couple of blog posts and a presentation to financial analysts, Arista called the Cisco lawsuit a "smear campaign," but at the same time copped to the documentation plagiarism and apologized. But it said the CLIs are industry-standard, not owned by Cisco. And Arista also said it's still looking into the patent charges, but that its designs are based on a "clean sheet of paper," not copied from Cisco. (See Arista CEO: Cisco Lawsuit Is 'Smear Campaign' .)
This lawsuit isn't going to be settled anytime soon. Cisco has a lot to gain by dragging things out and spreading fear, uncertainty, and doubt (FUD) among Arista's potential customers. So go put the beer on ice while I fix some nachos. This is going to be a great fight to watch.
Revenues fell 34% in the quarter ending November 29.
With the BlackBerry Classic, BlackBerry seems to have given up on attracting new customers and just wants the old customers to stop defecting. And BlackBerry and T-Mobile are also thinking of giving their relationship another try, because when you're lonely and desperate, sometimes your ex is your best choice, even if you did once call each other horrible names. (See T-Mobile, BlackBerry Flirt With Reuniting.)
Isis The mobile payments consortium Isis decided to rebrand when the terrorist group of the same name grabbed headlines. We don't remember what the new name is because honestly nobody cares. The payment consortium's biggest problem isn't the name. It's that nobody uses it. (See Isis (the Mobile Wallet One) to Rebrand.)
OpenDaylight A security consultant discovered a serious problem with the OpenDaylight open source SDN controller. The consultant, Gregory Pickett, part of the managed security services group for Hellfire Security, tried to get the attention of people in the OpenDaylight Project, but nobody was listening. He published the flaw on a public list and delivered a presentation at a security conference, but still nobody paid attention. Finally in December, four months later, the OpenDaylight Project noticed, issued patches, and set up a security response team. (See OpenDaylight Patches 'Serious Vulnerability' – After Four Months and OpenDaylight Establishes Security Team.)
The OpenDaylight Project praised the entire incident as an example of the open source process working right. Huh? Even Pickett said the organization behaved responsibly. But seriously? Four months?