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Great Gifts For Tech Lovers
Slideshows  |  11/25/2015  | 
Gifts for technologists don't have to be boring. Our tech gift guide offers fun and thoughtful options for your geeky friends and relations.
8 Enterprise WiFi Shortcomings
Slideshows  |  11/24/2015  | 
Reliable WiFi is critical in today's enterprise, but the WiFi network can fall short. Here's a look at some of common problems with WiFi connectivity.
10 Most Powerful Supercomputers On Earth
Slideshows  |  11/23/2015  | 
The biggest, baddest computers in the world have been revealed, ranked by performance.
6 Tips Toward Painless Service Provider Relationships
Slideshows  |  11/23/2015  | 
Thinking of outsourcing your WAN? These tips will help you build and maintain a successful long-term partnership with the right network service provider.
The 12 Basic Truths Of Networking
Slideshows  |  11/22/2015  | 
Overwhelmed by all the change going on in the networking industry? Remember that it's all packets and protocols, along with a good helping of common sense.
10 Big 2015 Tech Mergers That Will Transform Data Centers
Slideshows  |  11/19/2015  | 
The technology industry was buffeted by tremendous M&A activity this year. Here are 10 deals that will impact data center networking, storage, security and systems.
VLAN Implementation Guide: The Basics
Slideshows  |  11/17/2015  | 
Virtual LANs are core to enterprise networking. This guide covers VLAN trunks, VLAN planning, and basic VLAN configuration.
Moving UC Into The Cloud
Commentary  |  11/16/2015  | 
Before adopting a cloud-based unified communications system, organizations need to consider five things including security.
Internet of Things: 5 Real-World Reasons It's Not Going Away
Slideshows  |  11/13/2015  | 
Don't dismiss IoT as a technology of the future. We look beyond the hype and examine some of the ways enterprises are putting the IoT to work today.
Managing Collaboration Tools For Millennials
Commentary  |  11/12/2015  | 
The first generation to grow up in a connected world requires a different approach to collaboration.
IT Teams Of The Future: Roles & Responsibilities
Commentary  |  11/10/2015  | 
IT jobs are changing fast. Future success will require skills in areas such as data security, data management, and communication
10 Reasons Data Centers Fail
Slideshows  |  11/10/2015  | 
Operators sometimes make common mistakes that can lead to data center outages. Most outages can be avoided through proper maintenance, procedures, and common sense.
8 Biggest Cloud Mistakes Companies Make
Slideshows  |  11/6/2015  | 
As companies take advantage of the benefits of cloud computing, they can also fall prey to common pitfalls.
Software-Defined Network Management: What We Need
Commentary  |  11/6/2015  | 
Does software-defined networking need software-defined network management?
Shining a Spotlight on SD-WAN Interoperability
Commentary  |  11/5/2015  | 
This hot WAN technology holds great promise, but isn't without its issues.
8 Open Networking Terms To Know
Slideshows  |  11/5/2015  | 
Open networking is all the rage, but it covers a lot of ground. Get familiar with some of the basic terminology so you're not left in the dark.
7 Building Blocks For Enterprise IoT
Slideshows  |  11/3/2015  | 
Behind all those flashy applications enabled by the Internet of Things is a stark reality -- enterprises must create a highly reliable and secure infrastructure before they can capitalize on it.
IT Jobs 2016: Biggest Salary Increases
Slideshows  |  11/1/2015  | 
Find out which networking positions will be getting the biggest raises in the new year, and calculate your own target salary.
Meet The IT Experts Behind Interop
Commentary  |  10/26/2015  | 
Interop welcomes some of the most respected and brightest minds in the IT industry as Track Chairs for its educational program.
Technology Drives The 21st Century Office
Commentary  |  10/9/2015  | 
Cloud-based solutions, smarter mobile devices, UC platforms and ubiquitous wireless access are changing the workplace dramatically.
5 Inevitable Trends That Could Cripple Your Network
Slideshows  |  10/6/2015  | 
In a recent report, Verizon and Forrester Research identified five technologies that will mean big changes for your network infrastructure. Consider yourself warned.
Supporting the Hyperconnected Workforce
Commentary  |  9/30/2015  | 
Here are five ways businesses can provide communication and collaboration tools to support today's connected, mobile workers.
Today's IT Department Is Also The AV Department
Commentary  |  9/25/2015  | 
As audio visual tools have converged with unified communications, they've become a responsibility of the IT team.
Managing Collaboration In The Extended Enterprise
Commentary  |  8/28/2015  | 
Organizations need to develop a balanced strategy to meet the demands of today's highly mobile workforce where collaboration extends beyond the office walls.
Network Change: Evolutions and Revolutions
Commentary  |  8/27/2015  | 
The missing piece in both networking's revolutionary and evolutionary stories is the thing that started it all -- the Internet.
NEC Putting Its UC and SDN Technologies Together
News  |  8/18/2015  | 
It turns out that the SDN model of higher-level controllers driving lower-level infrastructure elements fits nicely with the unified communications model.
Software-Defined UC: Way Overdue
Commentary  |  8/7/2015  | 
With unified communications environments getting exponentially more complex, management needs to get far more automated.
6 Must-Have Enterprise Productivity Tools
Slideshows  |  8/5/2015  | 
Productivity is the name of the game for today's enterprises to work faster and smarter. We outline the key tools you should leverage to help your employees collaborate and your business compete.
UC Platforms: Setting Standards
Commentary  |  7/24/2015  | 
Standardizing on communications platforms across the enterprise starts with getting employee feedback on the tools they use and prefer.
Commoditization: Sometimes Less Really Is Less
Commentary  |  7/23/2015  | 
As cost per bit keeps dropping, and commoditization continues, we might find ourselves in a precarious position on bandwidth.
3 Steps To Open Communications & Collaboration
Commentary  |  7/17/2015  | 
Today's businesses need open communications platforms that deliver mobile integration, best-in-class voice and video, and rapid service innovation.
Skype For Business: 8 Ways It's Better Than Lync
Slideshows  |  7/14/2015  | 
With the launch of Skype for Business, Microsoft allows businesses to expand their communications while maintaining enterprise-class controls. Find out how the platform has improved over Lync.
Cisco Certifications To Kickstart Your Career
Slideshows  |  6/17/2015  | 
Cisco certifications are some of the most prestigious in technology, encompassing far more than routing and switching. Find out which options can improve your resume and skill set.
Silver Peak Delivers SD WAN Overlay
News  |  6/15/2015  | 
Software-defined architecture aims to give enterprises a secure, reliable, and cost-effective way to build hybrid WANs.
Is The Internet The Model For 'Everynet?'
Commentary  |  5/27/2015  | 
Perhaps it's time to set aside the Internet model and instead look to a model of networking based on SDN and NFV.
Interop In Action
Interop In Action
Network Computing Videos  |  5/19/2015  | 
Interop Las Vegas heats up this week with presentations, products and camaraderie on the show floor.
How UC Supports Workforce Collaboration
Commentary  |  5/18/2015  | 
With the rise of outsourcing, enterprise teams must be able to effectively communicate and collaborate. Unified communications tools can help.
Skype For Business Finds Its Voice, At Least For Some
Commentary  |  5/12/2015  | 
A No Jitter reader survey on Lync/Skype for Business gives rise to some interesting questions on voice strategy.
Exploring The State Of SDN & UC Integration
Commentary  |  5/8/2015  | 
Early progress in SDN and UC interoperability has been good, but we need to keep up the pace of innovation.
Will 802.11ac Kill Wired Ethernet?
Commentary  |  5/6/2015  | 
The evidence is all around us that wireless networks are rapidly replacing wired as the connectivity option of choice, and not just for mobile phones and tablets.
SDN & UC Integration: A Work In Progress
News  |  4/27/2015  | 
Microsoft has led the way in applying software-defined networking to unified communications with its Lync SDN API, but a networking expert says more work is required to make communications and SDN a truly powerful combination.
Evaluating Cloud UC Costs
Commentary  |  4/21/2015  | 
Cost savings may not occur with cloud UC, but there are other hidden benefits, research shows.
Peeling Back the Layers of Wiring Infrastructure
Commentary  |  4/17/2015  | 
Cleaning up communications infrastructure may not be on your list of most exciting projects, but best practices dictate that you not ignore the chore, either.
Collaboration: The Audio Aspect
Commentary  |  3/24/2015  | 
This quick tutorial on how audio travels in space will help you determine if the audio specifications of UC speakerphones or UC audio pickup devices are reasonable.
Tailoring UC To The Elusive Mobile Worker
Commentary  |  3/5/2015  | 
Today's mobile workers have unique technology requirements that enterprises must consider in their unified communications deployments.
Crafting Effective UC Training
Commentary  |  1/26/2015  | 
Getting the most out of your UC investment requires a usage and adoption program that teaches employees not only how to use the communication tools, but also the benefits.
Cisco IOS Voice Troubleshooting: 9 Key Commands
Education  |  1/21/2015  | 
It's easy to get lost in unfamiliar territory when debugging a voice gateway problem. These common commands can help.
4 Ways UC Services Gather Dust
Commentary  |  12/29/2014  | 
UC tools often go unused by employees. Here are four mistakes to avoid in your UC deployment.
WebRTC: Not Ready For The Enterprise
Commentary  |  12/10/2014  | 
The open source web-based technology promises real-time communication across a multitude of applications, but must overcome challenges before it makes inroads into the enterprise market.
Unified Communications: Words Matter
Commentary  |  11/10/2014  | 
When it comes to UC, one word can make a huge difference. Calling your UC investment an initiative instead of a project increases your chances of success.
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