The poor, misunderstood network. It too frequently takes the blame when applications are slow or unavailable.
Unified communications has shifted into the cloud and onto mobile devices in a big way, but some of those applications--which may or may not be officially part of the enterprise's UC strategy--are creating cause for concern.
Shifting networks to IPv6 is becoming more important, but testing those networks is even more difficult than testing on IPv4. Network Computing has provided a list of the five most common mistakes to avoid while testing IPv6 networks.
It seems to be a week for big data analytics being associated with unified communications. In addition to the ThinkingPhones news, there's also news out of unified-communications-as-a-service provider 8x8, which has launched new analytics and reporting tools to provide more insight into organizations' overall usage.
Unified-communications-as-a-service provider ThinkingPhones has added some new big data analytics capabilities to its solutions portfolio. The new features come through the acquisition of Contactive, which is anything but your typical big data company (if there is such a thing).
The Internet of Things is still one of those topics not fully understood, but it will have an impact on networks everywhere. And it will be soon.
Marriott International has certainly come out as the bad guy in the recent battle over its blocking of personal Wi-Fi hotspots, but have some sympathy for its misunderstood network administrators.
Expect video traffic on the network to continue increasing. As the technology has matured, so too has the interest in using it for webconferencing, whether using a cloud-based service or an on-premise unified communications system.
If the promises being made about the speeds of the 802.11ac Wave 2 wireless protocol come true, then network administrators may want to consider it for organizations that are running hefty unified communications applications.
As you can imagine, software-defined networking was a hot topic at last week's Cisco Live! event in Milan, Italy, but its competitors aimed to downplay Cisco's big announcements around software.
It seems like "do more with less" has been an ongoing trend for more than a decade, and as we creep through 2015, some of our readers may be looking for ways to upgrade hardware while keeping to a strict budget.
Slack, which has been building a reputation as an enterprise communications platform, is leaning more towards collaboration and unified communications with the acquisition of Screenhero.
Digium has announced a new service meant to provide a little business continuity to its customers' Switchvox on-premise business phone systems.
Big Switch Networks has released version 2.5 of its Big Cloud Fabric solution, which was originally released in the third quarter of 2014. This latest update comes with expanded orchestration, hypervisor, use-case and network topology support.
As Google finds its way ever deeper into the enterprise, third parties are looking to beef up what end-users can do with it. There's a growing trend in cloud providers adding unified communications capabilities to Google; and the latest entrant into the market is RingCentral.
Simplification is the general trend at Cisco Live! in Milan, Italy. In addition to simplifying network operations, Cisco also introduced a new software licensing model that is intended to make selecting and buying the vendor's networking and infrastructure software easier.
A brilliant idea or simply wishful thinking? Cisco is finally being a little more proactive with its Meraki acquisition, and what it's aiming to do is make operating the network as easy as operating an iPhone.
With any luck, you're sipping espresso in Milan, Italy today with Cisco executives and partners, gearing up for Cisco Live!
A welcome to our new editor and a heads up about a change to our publication schedule.
Logitech's new video conferencing camera is designed to be portable and easy to use.