Expert Analysis
Content tagged with Networking posted in June 2009
NetGear Adds PoE Stackable Switches to Line
Commentary  |  6/29/2009  | 
Increasingly, small and medium businesses are using IP to collapse their voice and data networks. Rather than manage two autonomous networks, corporations can combine the two, which eases management functions, lowers costs, and increases efficiency. However, these new converged networks require additional capabilities, such as Power over Ethernet (PoE), so NetGear added that feature to its switches.
Nortel Sale Portends Breakup, Impact On SMBs Still Unclear
Commentary  |  6/22/2009  | 
The annnouncement of Nokia Siemens acquiring Nortel's CDMA, LTE assets for $650 million makes it clear that the company will be sold off in parts. But it sheds little light on the fate of the enterprise network equipment business group, which is what most small and midsize companies care about most.
ConSentry Impresses In Second Go-Round
News  |  6/22/2009  | 
Smart switch line enforces policy at the port.
Network Equipment Supplier Adds Another Storage System
Commentary  |  6/22/2009  | 
Long, long ago in a galaxy, far, far away, network equipment vendors produced items, such as routers and switches. Recently, these companies have been moving into a number of other venues, such as security and even storage. So in response to this trend, a leading small and medium company network equipment supplier added a high-end storage system to its product line.
Cost-Conscious Buyers Force Verizon Business To Repackage Web Center
Commentary  |  6/22/2009  | 
When the economy seemed strong, plenty of companies were willing to pony up for the full multimedia version of Verizon's Web Center contact center service. But now, not so much. So Verizon has come up with Web Center Voice, which leaves out the multimedia, and half the cost.
Big Businesses Like Verizon, But SMBs Choose Cablevision's Optimum Business
Commentary  |  6/19/2009  | 
J.D. Power and Associates' new 2009 Major Provider Business Telecommunications Study shows that rankings of satisfaction with telecommunications providers varies according to company size, with smaller and larger companies preferring different providers.
GroundWork Monitor Adds JBoss Portal
News  |  6/18/2009  | 
Open source Monitor 6.0, now available in beta, will soon include a software development kit for adding user interface features.
Videoconferencing Pushes For SMB Adoption
Commentary  |  6/18/2009  | 
New HD video conferencing options from Tandberg, plus new members in a videoconferencing interoperability alliance show continuing momentum to get smaller companies to adopt the technology.
Free EventTracker Pulse Logs Impressive Capabilities
News  |  6/11/2009  | 
Prism Microsystems' tool eases searches, but lacks robust alerting and reporting features.
Ethernet Poised for Another 10 Fold Bandwidth Increase
Commentary  |  6/8/2009  | 
Are your 10G Ethernet connections becoming saturated? If so, help may soon be on the horizon. One of the industrys most influential network equipment suppliers has developed a network interface card that supports 100G Ethernet, perhaps foreshadowing an impending move to the faster speed.
Cisco Gives Partners More Options To Offer SMBs
Commentary  |  6/4/2009  | 
Positioned to boost business for channel partners, Cisco introduced new products and services specifically for small and midsize businesses.
Communications Tempts Small Businesses, But Bleak Economy Means Most Aren't Ready To Buy
Commentary  |  6/3/2009  | 
A new survey by Avaya shows that three quarters of SMBs think communications is important, but won't consider buying unless they can see a clear return on investment. The rest aren't ready to spend, period. Equally telling, only a quarter of small businesses are confident enough to invest in technology today.

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