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3 Survival Tips For Women In IT
Commentary  |  3/26/2014  | 
The technology industry -- especially the networking field -- can be an awfully isolating place for a woman. I offer three ways to cope.
Greatest Moments In Interop History
News  |  3/20/2014  | 
The Interop conference is a tradition for IT professionals. We look back on its dramatic growth and how it's changed.
Cloud Services And The Hidden Cost Of Downtime
Commentary  |  3/19/2014  | 
IT managers must factor in potentially crippling cloud outages when calculating the true cost of a cloud service.
Cisco Puts WebEx On Chromebooks
News  |  3/18/2014  | 
Cisco revamps its videoconferencing lineup with a Google partnership, new products, and lower prices, the company announces at the Enterprise Connect conference.
Why Client-Side Encryption Is Critical For Cloud Privacy
Commentary  |  3/12/2014  | 
The only way to ensure privacy in the cloud era is to shift to a model in which the cloud customer controls encryption keys, not the cloud provider.
Discover Your Inner UC
Commentary  |  3/12/2014  | 
The tools for unified communications already exist in many companies, waiting to be unearthed and put to good use by enterprising IT leaders.
10 Nerdy Things To Do In Las Vegas
Slideshows  |  3/10/2014  | 
At the end of March, IT engineers and architects will descend upon Las Vegas for Interop, the biggest independent IT conference of the year. The show will be packed with the latest technology, including everything from OpenFlow to 802.11ac and SSDs to DIMMs. But even the biggest technophile needs have a little fun at the end of the day, and Las Vegas is certainly the place to find it. If you want to get away from the glitzy shows and casinos, check out these places where nerds can let loose.
Managing Real-Time Applications On The Network
News  |  3/6/2014  | 
A policy-driven approach is key to making sure video and audio traffic doesn't clog up your network and affect performance of mission-critical apps.
SDN-Enabling The WLAN
Commentary  |  3/3/2014  | 
Wireless networks must truly embrace open standards for enterprises to reap the performance benefits of software-defined networking.
All You Need Is Lync
Commentary  |  2/26/2014  | 
Microsoft applications pervade the business environment, while traditional telephones fade away. Perhaps that makes Lync the de facto communication standard.
Telecommuting: The Hazards Of Mobile Access
Commentary  |  2/19/2014  | 
Cloud computing and mobile access mean employees can work from anywhere today. But do they really want to?
Microsoft Brings Lync, Skype Closer Together
News  |  2/19/2014  | 
Microsoft adds video chat integration to Lync and Skype, touts emerging era of universal communications.
7 Reasons To Head For Vegas: IT's Secret Weapons
Commentary  |  2/17/2014  | 
We've selected seven Interop presenters that will make it worth a trip to Vegas. You'll be so absorbed in tech, you won't even notice the glitter.
Behind The Scenes Building The InteropNet
News  |  2/12/2014  | 
Network engineers are busy preparing the network infrastructure for the multi-vendor InteropNet that will support the upcoming Interop conference. Preview the action in our video.
Are You Soft Enough For IT?
Commentary  |  2/4/2014  | 
IT pros must keep current with technology. But, perhaps more importantly, they need flexibility and adaptability to succeed in an industry faced with constant change.
Free Software: A Privilege, Not A Right
Commentary  |  1/31/2014  | 
Free online services can be great, but companies that operate on the freemium model aren't obligated to keep offering free software.
Best of Interop Product Awards Open
Commentary  |  1/31/2014  | 
The Best of Interop 2014 product awards are open for nominations. Be sure to spread the word to vendors of your favorite products.
Big Data Analytics And Why Datacenter Infrastructure Matters
Commentary  |  1/28/2014  | 
As the amount of data generated continues to skyrocket, organizations will increasingly rely on data management systems, underscoring the importance of the datacenter.
Secure Networks: How To Develop An Information Security Policy
Commentary  |  1/23/2014  | 
A security policy is the foundation of a secure network, but it must balance security with business needs. Here are some guidelines for successful security policy development.
2014 State Of Storage: Cost Worries Grow
Commentary  |  1/20/2014  | 
Solid state alone can't solve your problems -- even if you can afford it. Think scale-out, virtualization, and cloud.
Shadow IT Reality Check: Survey Shows IT Pros Are The Worst Offenders
News  |  1/15/2014  | 
When it comes to unauthorized SaaS applications, IT professionals are some of the most prolific users, according to a recent survey.
5 Ways Enterprise WiFi Will Advance In 2014
Commentary  |  1/14/2014  | 
Enterprise employees are more mobile than ever, and the role of WiFi will grow in the corporate network -- in some ways you may not expect.
Cloud Growth Drives Need For Unified Datacenter Monitoring
Commentary  |  1/7/2014  | 
Today's complex, cloud-enabled datacenter requires network monitoring tools that provide a comprehensive view of traffic.
Collaboration Wanted; Employee Buy-In Required
Commentary  |  1/7/2014  | 
Lured by tales of compounded productivity with lowered costs, businesses are trying out collaboration tools. But getting users on board can be challenging.
9 Advantages Of WebRTC
Commentary  |  1/3/2014  | 
WebRTC brings many benefits to the user, integrator, and developer that have been less available in past communications and collaboration platforms.
6 Information Security New Year's Resolutions
Commentary  |  12/30/2013  | 
2013 was another rough year for information security pros. Let's resolve to make some changes to improve security in 2014, starting with increased data encryption.
Why Culture Eats UC Strategies For Lunch
Commentary  |  12/30/2013  | 
Too many unified communications implementations focus on technology without considering training, adoption, and -- most importantly -- company culture.
How E-discovery Tools Can Help With Information Governance
Commentary  |  12/23/2013  | 
Common e-discovery technologies can help an organization enforce information governance policies. Here are three scenarios.
Can BlackBerry Be Fixed?
News  |  12/20/2013  | 
The smartphone maker's quarterly results were abysmal, with a loss of $4.4 billion on shipments of only 1.9 million smartphones, mostly older models.
The Real Reason IT Security Fails
Commentary  |  12/19/2013  | 
Humans are the weak link in security, but blaming them for clicking on links or opening phishing emails overlooks basic human nature.
UCC Deployment Tips Ensure Integration Success
Commentary  |  12/10/2013  | 
A UCC deployment may seem straightforward, but it requires complex system integration. These tips will help you choose a UCC vendor that will understand your IT environment.
The UC Infrastructure Trap
Infographics  |  12/9/2013  | 
Don’t let a subpar network tank your unified communications program: 25% of InformationWeek 2013 State of Unified Communications Survey respondents deploying or planning to deploy UC fear that an aging infrastructure could sink their projects; 19% worry about WAN bandwidth. Is low UC uptake a result of strained networks delivering poor performance?
Gen WiFi Demands A+ Educational Networks
Commentary  |  12/4/2013  | 
The WiFi network on a college campus has grown from a convenience to a must-have, with IT struggling to control and maintain pervasive coverage at high capacity.
Call Center Lessons Learned
Commentary  |  11/26/2013  | 
Successful call center operations can make or break your business. Getting your processes and integration standards right are critical to keeping it all running smoothly.
IBM Invention Uses SDN For Business Continuity
News  |  11/25/2013  | 
Big Blue teams with Marist College to develop software that speeds relocation of voice and data services in the event of a natural disaster.
Evaluate UC Requirements In 3 Steps
Commentary  |  11/22/2013  | 
Unified communications could streamline your business communications and customer service processes. But to implement UC well, you must ask the right questions up front.
CommVault Tackles The Dark Data Problem
Commentary  |  11/19/2013  | 
CommVault expands its Simpana platform with software that promises to help enterprises get a handle on unused and unnecessary data.
Session Border Controllers For UC: 3 Big Benefits
Commentary  |  11/18/2013  | 
Using VPNs for unified communications access can be frustrating for users and IT. Session border controllers offer improvements in security, economy, and usability.
Amazon WorkSpaces Speeds The PC's Demise
Commentary  |  11/18/2013  | 
The company's new desktop virtualization service could prove a gateway to a post-PC, mobile, and cloud-centric future.
Extreme Networks X770 Switch Targets Big Data
News  |  11/18/2013  | 
Analyst says new switch's low latency and high throughput support big data efforts. The X770 also promises to boost data center consolidation initiatives.
How To Increase Value Of Video
News  |  11/18/2013  | 
Video has become a big part of enterprise strategy, but it can be difficult to store, manage, share, and find. Here's how to make video act more like a text document.
Unified Communications Is Much More Than IT
Commentary  |  11/15/2013  | 
A successful unified communications project needs a modern approach, one in which user needs are evaluated and UC metrics are defined before technology is considered.
Conquering Distance With Technology
Commentary  |  11/13/2013  | 
For those of us in the corporate realm, it’s easy to take for granted the changes in communication technology in recent years. A conversation with a friend reminded me of how far we’ve come.
Cisco Certification: 5 Tips For Success
Commentary  |  11/12/2013  | 
Earning a Cisco certification can boost your IT career, but requires careful planning and training. Here are five tips to help guide your certification strategy.
10 Free Network Analysis Tools
Slideshows  |  11/8/2013  | 
Network management can be a tall task without the right statistics and data about traffic flows, device configurations and user activities. The following utilities offer visibility into various aspects of network activity without breaking the bank. Utilizing these free tools gives network managers a better foothold for improving performance, spotting potential problems and nipping security incidents in the bud.
Cisco Rolls Out New Collaboration Tools
Commentary  |  10/31/2013  | 
With a Jabber Guest, Intelligent Proximity and a new teleconferencing endpoint, Cisco aims to meet diverse corporate needs.
10 Ways Apple iOS 7 Targets Businesses
Slideshows  |  10/30/2013  | 
Apple has made great strides to appease not just business users, but also the IT administrators and security managers responsible for protecting and managing the infrastructure that supports mobile device use. The release of iOS 7 had many pundits lauding Apple's leadership for listening to the business contingent and releasing a raft of new management and security features that show progress for making iPhones and iPads more than consumer gadgets.
Cisco Bids to Solve WebRTC Video Codec Battle
News  |  10/30/2013  | 
The vendor will open-source its H.264 implementation, hoping for consensus and backward-compatibility in WebRTC video.
WLAN Management: How A Hospital Tackles The Complexity
Commentary  |  10/23/2013  | 
I spoke with Houston Methodist Hospital's WLAN architect, who described how his team maintains strict security and performs troubleshooting on the hospital's massive Wi-Fi network.
Dynamic Frequency Selection Part 3: The Channel Dilemma
Commentary  |  10/17/2013  | 
DFS requirements for protecting mission-critical systems pose channel complications for enterprises deploying 802.11ac.
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