The wide area network, or WAN, is attracting more attention from established vendors and startups--a trend that will no doubt make the WAN more strategic and start to create change that may be overdue.
It's hard enough keeping the LAN and WAN functioning properly and providing end-users with the services they need to do their jobs. It's getting worse, though.
The 802.11ac protocol has now been around two years, and as most device manufacturers are just now shipping new products that are 11ac-compatible, it will still be a few years before the protocol proliferates in the enterprise.
Whether your organization has worked with systems integrators or not, there's a business case to using an SI or solution provider to design, deploy and--sometimes--manage a unified communications solution.
It's an unfortunate reality that even with some rather big potential female role models in the tech industry, attracting young women to the industry is a Herculean task.
Aruba Networks has unveiled a new controller designed to get branch offices connected faster while reducing such networking costs by up to 50 percent. The Aruba 7000 Series Cloud Services Controllers were designed to "eliminate the time, costs and complexity of managing disparate single-purpose point products in the branch," according to the press release.
Building and deploying on-premise unified communications can be a costly endeavor, so getting the funds to roll it out can mean convincing the organization's CFO of the inherent benefits to the business.
If you feel the promises of unified communications set out more than a decade ago have been a letdown, then you're not alone. Avaya CEO Kevin Kennedy recently told Information Age that unified communications is the promise that has not delivered.
After HP announced that it would be acquiring wireless LAN-focused Aruba Networks earlier this week, I showed some skepticism as to how this would affect Aruba's customers and partners. But after speaking with two analysts for some additional insight, it looks like HP might be doing it right this time.
The timing could be better, but HP is looking to build up its waning wireless networking business by spending an awful lot of money.
Networking vendors are slowly hopping on the disaggregation bandwagon in the hopes of attracting giant, web-scale customers.
It may seem like a no-brainer to professionals who work daily with the network and see how any performance fluctuation can affect end-users. It's not clear to everyone, though, and Vector Communications' Pieter Jordaan and Craig Sutton aimed to lay out just how the network affects the business in a CIO article.
Cloud-based videoconferencing doesn't have quite the up-front expenditures of on-premise videoconferencing solutions, but before signing a deal with a videoconferencing software-as-a-service vendor, be sure to check its list of compatible applications and products.
Every networking vendor is starting to provide details on its software-defined networking strategy--whatever that particular strategy might be.
The hardware-centric videoconferencing deployment model isn't quite at its end of days yet, but it's not far off.
After rumors started circulating last week, HP has made it official. The company is looking to competitor Aruba Networks in a deal valued at about $3 billion.
If you caught the debut of the "Wall of America" on Jimmy Kimmel Live, then you spotted Cisco's latest high-profile project.
Arista is adding native Puppet Labs agents to its switches in a move that extends the company's SDN capabilities.
IBM and Juniper Networks are working together to build networking infrastructure with built-in analytics that take advantage of big data to boost performance of applications.
Software-defined WAN announcements and products are turning up a little more frequently as the software-defined networking trend continues to grow. Even so, if SDN is still in its infancy, it may be fair to say that SD-WAN is still in the womb.