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Interoperability still largely unsolved UC problem

Interoperability is the hoped-for promise of UC&C, but with so many different vendors, technologies and cross purposes, it appears to be the Holy Grail that may never be found.

Don't just save money with SDN--make money

Software-defined networking isn't just about saving money; it's about using it to earn money, according to Ajay Malik, senior vice president of worldwide engineering and products at Meru Networks.

Building InteropNet: A lesson in scale and collaboration

Designing and deploying any network can be a time-consuming and challenging process, but try being the men and women behind the construction of a multi-vendor network that will serve thousands of people in a matter of days--all of which are networking professionals.

WebRTC may be the key to unifying UC

WebRTC is starting to gain some ground, at the very least within the minds of unified communications and collaboration technology professionals.

Why enterprise networking professionals should care about NFV

Don't care about network functions virtualization? You should.

60% of medium, large businesses already piloting SDN in data center

Software-defined networking is catching on, and over the next two years, there's a good chance you'll be involved in an implementation. Research from Infonetics indicated that 80 percent of...

SDN grows in the enterprise, but be wary of security issues

With all the good things being said about SDN, there are still some drawbacks.

Spotlight: Choosing the right VoIP solution for you

Making the decision to ditch your legacy PSTN system in favor of a VoIP solution?

7 SDN myths exposed

Thanks to Andrew Lerner, a research director at Gartner, here are seven common SDN myths and the truth behind them.

IBM gears up for SDN, NFV with opening of first two Network Innovation Centers

Big Blue opened the first two of its Network Innovation Centers last week, but one is going to be a bit of a trip for American customers.

Spotlight: How to determine if your audio specifications are reasonable

Not sure if the speakerphones and audio pickup devices you're deploying are good enough for your environment?

Faction adds SoftNAS cloud-based NAS to its IaaS

When it comes to cloud storage, it's easy to see how it's becoming a market flooded with competition. Most cloud services providers are taking what I'll call the traditional approach to cloud storage--low-cost commodity storage. That's the way Amazon Web Services does it, and its business practices are guiding the rest of the industry. It's a price war.

Still on the fence about VoIP? Believe the hype

Maybe I've simply been immersed in the digital world for too long, but it still surprises me to learn on occasion that VoIP has not yet been adopted by every organization. The technology isn't exactly long in the tooth (far from it), but it's not new, either.

Security a major reason for SDN adoption

Network efficiency, agility and flexibility may not be the only benefits enterprises are looking to get out of software-defined networking (SDN). "Security" is also on the tips of the tongues of enterprise networking professionals.

Oversaturated networks driving need for 100Gbps firewalls

The increase in bandwidth usage because of growing consumption of applications and content is pushing networks to becoming oversaturated, and according to Fortinet, that's driving the need for more than 10GbE connectivity. Instead, Fortinet noted a growing requirement for 100GbE--and with that, the need for firewalls capable of handling such capacity.

Open Networking Foundation warns of perils of big vendor SDN influence

Open standards have a way of disrupting the competitive landscape of technology markets, and the emergence of software-defined networking has the potential of significantly impacting networking vendors that maintain proprietary technology.

Cisco pulls away from Microsoft in UC race

Microsoft was chipping away at the unified communications market dominated by Cisco through 2012 and 2013, but it looks like Cisco has started to pull away again.

Spotlight: Top drivers for cloud UC adoption

For more than a decade, vendors have been touting the benefits of unified communications, even though some would say the promises have never truly been fulfilled.

Cisco to patch eavesdropping vulnerability on two IP phones

An exploit that could allow an attacker to listen in on VoIP calls made on Cisco SPA3000 and SPA5000 IP phones will be patched after Cisco initially opted not to patch the security flaw, according to a report from iTnews.

Wireless-only enterprise driving need for 802.11ac

Arguably, with faster transmission speeds and more reliability, the only network an enterprise needs is a wireless one. That is one of the factors driving the adoption of the 802.11ac Wi-Fi protocol.