Expert Analysis
Content tagged with Unified Communications posted in December 2012
Unified Communications in 2013
Commentary  |  12/28/2012  | 
Where will UC take us in 2013? Here are insights from several analysts who forecast deeper integration of UC and applications, the end of voice as a separate market, and more.
EMC's Storage Strategy
Commentary  |  12/27/2012  | 
The rise of non-structured data and the demand for flash-based storage have rattled the storage market. I’ll look at how EMC has responded to these trends.
802.11ac: Cisco, Aerohive Offer Forecasts
Commentary  |  12/27/2012  | 
802.11ac promises significant improvements for WLANs. I interviewed representatives from Cisco Systems and Aerohive Networks to get their input on 11ac, how it will affect corporate networks, and if and when IT should upgrade.
A Holiday Wish: Smart Books
Commentary  |  12/19/2012  | 
We've only scratched the potential of e-books when it comes to reader engagement. Here's a wish list for developers and publishers on how to expand the capabilities of e-books to improve learning.
Weighing Cloud UC Options and Costs
Commentary  |  12/19/2012  | 
Unified communications can be provided as a cloud service, and customers have a huge number of options. But in the long term, cloud UC isn’t necessarily cheaper than premises deployments.
Flash Vendors Acquire the Cache
Commentary  |  12/19/2012  | 
Samsung’s acquisition of caching vendor NVELO hints that SDD caching may be moving from servers to desktops.
Which Vendors Dominate Enterprise Collaboration?
Commentary  |  12/18/2012  | 
What will the social software market look like in four years? IDC's market share report offers some early clues.
Will Mobile Drive or Replace UC?
Commentary  |  12/13/2012  | 
UC vendors must create a more integrated experience on mobile devices to capture the ease of use and flexibility that users demand on smartphones and tablets—and to counter native capabilities that could make UC less relevant.
Mobile Biometrics: The Next Phase of Enterprise Authentication?
News  |  12/11/2012  | 
Smartphones and tablets equipped with fingerprint readers or other biometric hardware have the potential to drive greater adoption of biometric authentication in the enterprise—if we can get the hardware, software and business processes right.
Hot Flash: Researchers Use Heat to Counter NAND Flash Wear-n-Tear
Commentary  |  12/10/2012  | 
Engineers have announced a new technique using heat to extend flash write/erase cycles from 10,000 to 100 million or more. But while tech breakthroughs are great, prudent management may be a better solution to flash’s lack of endurance.
A UC Deployment's Most Important Ingredient: the VAR
Commentary  |  12/7/2012  | 
Picking the right UC technology is important, but unless you have unlimited IT resources you’ll be relying on outside services for deployment, training and more. The right VAR can make a UC rollout shine.
Predictive Analytics and the Fiscal Cliff
Commentary  |  12/6/2012  | 
The threat of the fiscal cliff has immense implications for the U.S. economy. Can predictive analytics play a helpful role in keeping us from going over?
The Rise of Data-Driven Intelligence
Commentary  |  12/5/2012  | 
An emerging concept called data-driven intelligence is a model for a new perspective on gathering insight from a vast pool of data. I’ll contrast data-driven intelligence with more familiar application-driven intelligence models.
Object Storage's Path to the Enterprise
Commentary  |  12/5/2012  | 
Object storage is a smart fit for enterprise use cases such as backup, but the need to write to custom APIs impedes adoption.
Best Use of Encryption You Never Considered
Commentary  |  12/4/2012  | 
Got e-discovery, data destruction or outdated hardware woes? Digital shredding may be the solution — and it can bolster the business case for encrypting data.

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