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WAN gearing up for extreme makeover

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.

Greatest network pain point: The home network

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.

How to optimize your Wi-Fi networks

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.

4 tips for picking the right UC systems integrator

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.

Spotlight: Aiming to solve the gender problem in technology careers

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 makes branch communications easier with controller

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.

How to sell the CFO on UC

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.

Avaya CEO says UC promise never delivered

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.

Analysts: Aruba acquisition will be the one HP doesn't mess up

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.

In the face of declining revenue, HP bets big

The timing could be better, but HP is looking to build up its waning wireless networking business by spending an awful lot of money.

Spotlight: Don't bet on disaggregation of enterprise networking any time soon

Networking vendors are slowly hopping on the disaggregation bandwagon in the hopes of attracting giant, web-scale customers.

Get strong end-user performance through cloud interconnects

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.

When choosing a videoconferencing service, ensure compatibility

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.

Will Avaya's SDN approach ease migration pains?

Every networking vendor is starting to provide details on its software-defined networking strategy--whatever that particular strategy might be.

Say goodbye to videoconferencing hardware

The hardware-centric videoconferencing deployment model isn't quite at its end of days yet, but it's not far off. 

HP aims to boost wireless portfolio with Aruba buy

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.

Spotlight: Cisco Jabber struts its stuff on Jimmy Kimmel Live

If you caught the debut of the "Wall of America" on Jimmy Kimmel Live, then you spotted Cisco's latest high-profile project.

Puppet goes native on Arista switches

Arista is adding native Puppet Labs agents to its switches in a move that extends the company's SDN capabilities.

IBM, Juniper bringing embedded analytics to switches

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.

Lack of consistency pervades SD-WAN vendor community

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.