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Cisco offers new CCIE wireless certification

Today's headlines: Cisco offers a new wireless certification, and Symantec's former CEO praises his outgoing successor.

Information technology (IT) channel news in brief for Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2008.

Cisco offers expert wireless certification

Cisco has announced a new CCIE wireless certification that will cover LAN design and implementation, reported yesterday. Other Cisco wireless certifications focus on supporting and troubleshooting wireless networks, but the new course offers a deeper level of expertise. IT pros must obtain the CCIE, in addition to CCNA and CCNP, to become a Cisco "expert" for wireless. The new certification will cover 802.11 technology and is expected to expand to include WiMax and other 4G technologies down the road.

Praise from one Symantec CEO to another

Former Symantec CEO Gordon Eubanks told that outgoing CEO John Thompson showed great leadership and was able to diversify Symantec to reach into virtually all areas of enterprise security. Eubanks was Symantec CEO until 1999, and Thompson will retire in March.

Eubanks wouldn't critique individual decisions Thompson made, but he said Thompson's acquisition strategy will help Symantec weather tough times. Enrique Salem, who will be the next Symantec CEO, is a "super nerd and a great sales guy," Eubanks said. Eubanks oversaw the 1990 acquisition of Norton, which first brought Salem to Symantec.

IE's loss is Firefox's gain

Microsoft's Internet Explorer market share dipped below 80% in November, and Firefox surpassed the 20% mark -- both landmarks, according to researcher Net Applications. It was the first time Firefox stayed above the 20% mark for a full month, at least since Net Applications started tracking this metric. Firefox's share rose 0.8% in November -- a bigger jump than usual, as researchers said U.S. election coverage sparked Firefox use outside the U.S. They also said the extra weekend and holiday days in the month meant more residential Web surfing, and Firefox is big at home.

Brocade launches managed network monitoring

Brocade Communications Systems is updating its Network Monitoring Service (NMS) and will release it as a managed service, reported yesterday. NMS, which came with the acquisition of McData in 2006, was once used specifically to monitor SAN extension devices, but it will now work for the entire data center.

Brocade will offer NMS on all of its switches by early 2009. With the relaunch, Brocade will move the monitoring service's transactional data center infrastructure to a more secure location than the existing center in Minnesota. Brocade will offer three levels of services: Basic NMS, Premium NMS and Premium Plus NMS, with varying prices depending on the device and service type.

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