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Unified communications aren't unified

Why It Matters That Unified Communications Aren’t Actually Unified
September 13, 2017 by

Industry Insights, Performance Monitoring

Is it time yet to acknowledge that unified communications (UC) is more of a buzzword than a real business solution? We’ve been hearing about the promises of UC applications for upwards of 20 years—ever since messaging and real-time communication started coming together. But the real temptation of UC was that all of your communications needs—voice,
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Will big data overwhelm the WAN?

How Big Data Causes Big Problems for the WAN
August 31, 2017 by

Industry Insights, Networking Technology

Who doesn’t love data these days? For business leaders, the more data you can collect, the better. Some might resist certain technologies in digital transformation, but it seems everyone can agree that big data analytics makes business life easier. Everyone except IT leaders, that is. While business leaders add ever-increasing data inputs with IoT sensors,
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QoS enforcement with mobile devices is hard

In a World of Mobile and BYOD, Is QoS Enforcement Possible?
August 24, 2017 by

Networking Technology, Performance Monitoring

There was a time when the consumerization of IT struck fear in the hearts of any network manager. It was easier to push back and deny or ignore iPhones in the workplace than to actually revamp the network to support them—not to mention prepare for the onslaught of cyber threats that came along with them.
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IPv6 and IPv4 can be happy together

Update Your WAN for the IPv6 Transition
August 17, 2017 by

Networking Technology, Performance Monitoring

No one would blame you if you can’t muster up much enthusiasm for IPv6. After all, IPv6 has been “the future” of internet protocols since its inception in 1998, without much evidence it’s happening. Even though you’ve been reading about the impending downfall of IPv4 since 2007, here we are in 2017 watching adoption just
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Edge computing can help optimize remote locations

Living on the Edge (of Your Network) to Optimize Remote Locations
August 9, 2017 by

Networking Technology, Performance Monitoring

Just as you’re starting to get comfortable with the cloud, IT reporters may have you thinking there’s a new wave about to replace it—edge computing. And as the Internet of Things takes hold in the workplace, moving processing power to the edge will certainly be important. However, there aren’t many businesses that are prepared to
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Guest WiFi is important

When Guest WiFi Is Unusable, What’s the Point?
August 3, 2017 by

Networking Technology, Performance Monitoring

What would happen if we woke up tomorrow and WiFi didn’t exist anymore? It would take some getting used to, for sure. You could fall back on your carrier’s mobile service, but it’s not quite the same as the comfort of your personal WiFi network. For years now, proposals have surfaced about the possibility of
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Enforce QoS while you wait for SDN

Holding Out Hope for SDN? How to Enforce QoS in the Meantime
July 27, 2017 by

Industry Insights, Networking Technology

For every new technology, there’s that initial excitement that makes you think “this is the innovation that will break the Gartner Hype Cycle.” But time and time again, there’s a gap between innovation hype and practical implementation. There’s no better example of this gap than the case of software-defined networking (SDN). The concept has been
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Beware managed SD-WAN services

Use Caution When Considering Managed SD-WAN Services
July 20, 2017 by

Networking Technology, Performance Monitoring

Whether you’re just starting to learn the basics or you’re researching more specific benefits, you can’t go far without seeing stories about SD-WAN technology. The market for SD-WAN solutions is set to explode and IT publishers are feeding the hype. Sometimes, you might just want to sit back and ignore the hype. You have plenty
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SD-WAN and WAN optimization should work together

SD-WAN or WAN Optimization? Why This Question Doesn’t Cut It
July 17, 2017 by

Networking Technology, Performance Monitoring

Have you joined the rising crowd of IT pros claiming WAN optimization is dead in recent years? It’s the same story with all types of technology at this point. You spend 10 or 20 years relying on yesterday’s innovation, and as soon as something new comes along, the industry is ready to move on. For
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Unified communications bring new challenges for IT

Why Unified Communications Can Be Hard for IT to Support
July 6, 2017 by

Performance Monitoring

It’s taken more than a decade, but we’ve finally reached the point where VoIP lines are the primary means of communication for enterprises. Business leaders love it because VoIP, videoconferencing and other elements of unified communications (UC) can significantly improve employee productivity. Using unified communications can also help businesses have more flexibility and options, such
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