Microsoft Lync gains foothold in UC space

Microsoft has made significant inroads into the unified communications space, and the company's Lync product is gaining traction in every size of business.

Multi-vendor environment remains firmly in place

A "pure" single-vendor unified communications appears to largely be a myth. Most enterprises have opted for a best-of-breed, multi-vendor approach as part of their UC strategy. And it looks like it will remain that way.

NetFortris targets mid-sized enterprise with WebRTC-based UC platform

NetFortris targets the mid-sized enterprise market with the release of a new unified communications solution. Today, the company launched its NetFortris UC-Ready Cloud Communications Platform, a UC platform based on WebRTC.

Workers expect consumer level ease-of-use in videoconferencing tools

The only unfortunate thing about the proliferation of easy and cheap videoconferencing is those of us in the media can no longer make "where's my video phone?" jokes.

Pertino: Cloud removes much of networking complexity

Cloud-based software-defined networking simplifies the life of the networking administrator and puts more of the network design in the hands of the average end-user, according to Pertino.

Spotlight: Network troubleshooting can change your life

There's a certain flair to considering every networking problem as a crime to be solved.

Want UC benefits? Get your BYOD policy in place

Mobility has changed unified communications, and for enterprises looking to get the most out of their UC deployments, one argument is that they need a BYOD policy in place.

Lifesize Cloud update includes Microsoft Lync interoperability

Lifesize unveiled an update to its Lifesize Cloud videconferencing service that includes new accessibility, control and collaboration features. Oh, and interoperability with Microsoft Lync.

8 tips for managing network complexity

Surviving and thriving in the current state of networking may seem a daunting task. Here's what you can do to ensure success.

Brocade aims to make campus LAN administration effortless

Brocade has unveiled a new campus LAN switch as part of its "The Effortless Network" initiative. The Brocade ICX 7250 switch is a 10GbE switch that was designed to help organizations easily scale their campus bandwidth demands.

How network admin, sysadmin skill sets are changing in cloud era

Network and system administrators are nothing if not resilient. Networking continues to change, and in an era of cloud, the skills required to design and build networks are shifting away from the traditional hardware-focused skill sets to software.

OnLive's demise is unfortunate loss for enterprises

OnLive will shut its doors and delete all accounts on April 30.

Spotlight: Dell takes smart-managed 1GbE, 10GbE switches to SMBs

Dell has unveiled the X-series of switches designed for small and medium-sized businesses.

Ruckus Wireless unveils 802.11ac Wave 2 access point

The much-discussed 802.11ac Wave 2 is finally hitting the market. And it looks like Wi-Fi vendor Ruckus Wireless may be the first to make a Wave 2 access point available. The company announced the ZoneFlex R710, which will be available before the end of the quarter.

Juniper targets financial firms with application acceleration switch

Juniper broadened its QFX product family today with the announcement of the QFX5100-AA, an application acceleration switch that the vendor will launch during the third quarter.

Dell targets Cisco in the data center

It appears that Dell is the next vendor to take aim at networking juggernaut Cisco.

Videoconferencing analytics provide deeper insight into usage

As  enterprises continue to adopt different kinds of videoconferencing systems, tracking the return on investment and usage of them will become increasingly important. 

Cisco plans to expand SDN portfolio with Embrane buy

A small investment Cisco made in software-defined networking startup Embrane could lead to a new set of solutions for the vendor's SDN portfolio. Last year, Cisco invested $14 million into Embrane, but now the networking giant is looking to acquire Embrane to beef up its SDN solutions portfolio.


Spotlight: ShoreTel opens networking services to Sky customers

ShoreTel is expanding its networking services beyond its unified communications subscriber base.

Mobility drives UC while Cisco, Microsoft battle for first place

It probably comes as little surprise that the unified communications and collaboration is growing, both in revenue and in number of deployments. It's also likely it's not surprising to hear that cloud--particularly, unified-communications-as-a-service and related service offerings--is driving much of that growth.