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.
The hardware-centric videoconferencing deployment model isn't quite at its end of days yet, but it's not far off.
Every vendor and their mother wants to claim dominance in the fledgling software-defined networking market. Avaya is the latest to make the claim with the launch of its new Open SDN Fx architecture, which is tied into the OpenDaylight, OpenStack and OpenFlow open source projects.
Cisco isn't the only company looking to build out its portfolio through acquisitions. Brocade is beefing up its product suite with acquisition, most recently with the announcement of its intent to acquire Riverbed's SteelApp line of business, and the company's CEO hinted at more purchases throughout 2015.
Network functions virtualization, software-defined networking's cousin, is still mostly in use only at the telco level, but it's starting to find its uses in the enterprise. One of those few enterprise use cases is in cloud networking services from a handful of vendors and service providers aiming to supply a cloud-based alternative to enterprise WANs.
Whoops! A global two-hour outage of the Google Compute Engine public cloud infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) offering last week looks like it happened because of a glitch in the company's network.
Network functions virtualization may barely be on the radar for most enterprise networking professionals, but vendors are ramping up their NFV strategies as they also build on their software-defined networking initiatives. Brocade is the latest to give a boost to its NFV strategy.