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.
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.
VCE has released a trio of new products--the first major expansion since EMC bought a 90 percent stake of the company.
Everything is getting software-defined. And according to Ian Hamilton, CTO of Signiant, the next shift in the software-defined everything movement is software-defined file transfer. And if it does gain some traction, it will mean accelerating large file transfers across the network and into the cloud.
Managed networking and cloud services vendor Masergy is continuing to build out its software-defined networking strategy. Click to the see the latest from the vendor.
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.
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.
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.