The role of the network administrator is forever changing. And sometimes the role's responsibilities shift in unexpected directions, particularly when you look to the future of all that will be connected to the network, if not the Internet of Things.
Even with the launch of the latest 802.11 wireless networking standard, Wi-Fi has a performance issue. The slowest device on an access point kills the fun for everyone else, bringing throughput down and impacting efficiency. But there are ways to combat the problem, even without waiting for 802.11ac Wave 2.
Cisco's announcement of support for BGP EVPN VXLAN has met with some criticism from one of its rivals. Arista Networks has fired back with an announcement that its own Trident II-based switches, specifically the 7050X and 7300X, are also compliant with the protocol.
Is software-defined networking keeping you up at night? If so, it's understandable. Not only does it demand news skills and a new way of viewing the network as a whole, but new technology has a way of changing jobs or making them obsolete.
It's only going to affect a certain segment of Cisco's customer base, but the networking vendor is adding support for the BGP EVPN VXLAN protocol to its Nexus 9000 Series of switches.
When the networking space was ruled by names like Bay Networks and 3Com, the idea that hardware pushers would one day find their world increasingly ruled by software would have seemed absurd.
Changes to how Cisco is dealing with and licensing software, which we wrote about last week here on FierceEnterpriseCommunications, is having an impact on how the company is targeting the cloud market.
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.
Mandating BYOD even for employees that need powerful computers makes no sense from any perspective. But allowing BYOD benefits the employees and company.