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Content tagged with Unified Communications posted in March 2012
Data Classification Tips & Technologies Part 2
News  |  3/30/2012  | 
Even though the process of classifying data is, in theory, well understood and considered a tenet of good business and security practices, industry observers say companies are not doing it across the board—or doing it well.
Virtualization, Unified Communications Meet, At Last
News  |  3/29/2012  | 
Unified communications servers and virtualization do mix, more enterprises find. But desktop virtualization and UC remains tricky.
Blue Jeans Network Undercuts Cisco Video Pricing
News  |  3/28/2012  | 
Cloud videoconferencing provider offers a monthly per-port service. What does it mean for Cisco and Polycom?
Data Classification Tips And Technologies
News  |  3/28/2012  | 
As data continues to grow in terabytes in the enterprise, classifying it based on its sensitivity has never been more important. According to a just-released InformationWeek report, 10 Steps to Effective Data Classification, an organizational classification program defines policy requirements; specific classifications, generally as “secret,” “private,” “confidential” and “public,” and their associated data types; processes and procedures; accountab
Why Apple Must Enable FaceTime On LTE
Commentary  |  3/27/2012  | 
Video calling is a sci-fi staple, from Star Trek to The Jetsons. But to bring it mainstream, Apple must allow FaceTime on LTE.
HP-Polycom Partnership May Boost Lync Adoption
News  |  3/27/2012  | 
HP and Polycom are taking their partnership to a new level, combining HP’s networking technology and Polycom’s videoconferencing products to deliver Microsoft’s Lync unified communications platform to the enterprise. An HP representative says that while many Lync licenses have been sold by Microsoft, several of those deployments are on hold because of the complexity of integrating the three elements--complexity that the two partners aim to address.
Compliance Issues Top 2012 Healthcare IT Agenda
News  |  3/23/2012  | 
What could be worse for IT departments than grappling with the issues related to Y2K? Ask a U.S. healthcare provider within the context of its top IT priorities for 2012 and the response may be government-mandated compliance.
Hadoop Tames Big Data for the Enterprise
News  |  3/23/2012  | 
Big data can mean big opportunities for the majority of organizations, but only if they can make sense of the data in a reasonable amount of time.
Is Storage A SharePoint Killer?
News  |  3/20/2012  | 
Unstructured data is becoming an IT buzz word these days, and it’s something organizations are grappling with: how to get a handle on email, Office documents and PDFs, among other data-clogging sources. Microsoft’s SharePoint document repository was built to provide content collaboration and version control. But as user adoption increases, so does the amount of data that is stored in SharePoint, which critics say can wreak havoc on its infrastructure and lead to poor performance, alo
Next-Gen Networking Drives IT Budgets
News  |  3/18/2012  | 
Vice President Joe Biden once said, "Don't tell me your values, show me your budget and I'll tell you your values." If the vice president saw the enterprise IT spending budgets, he would rightly conclude that they place an increasingly higher value on their networks as the critical circulation system for all of their IT assets. As demands are placed on networks to handle more video traffic, migrate to 10GbE connectivity, connect mobile and wireless devices, and handle the increase in data traffi
Bandwidth Dominates Videoconferencing Concerns
News  |  3/14/2012  | 
A new study shows that companies are expanding their use of videoconferencing, but many worry that they may not be able to keep up with the network bandwidth demands of the technology. The concerns are documented in a survey that looks at three networking-related issues: video, cloud computing and application management. In the first of a three-part series, Network Computing looks at videoconferencing and the network.
Training, Network Bandwidth Top Videoconferencing Concerns
News  |  3/13/2012  | 
More than 70% of companies expect to have active videoconferencing capabilities within a year, despite IT challenges, survey finds.
Mitel App Allows Meetings On The Fly
News  |  3/9/2012  | 
MAS 4.0 lets people join meetings without downloading software first.
Predictive Analytics Key To Unlocking Big Data's Value, Reducing Cloud Complexity
News  |  3/8/2012  | 
While adoption of predictive analytics systems is still relatively modest, the promise they hold--giving companies a quick and logical way to make use of unstructured or big data to provide preemptive warning of failure, among other things--is prompting vendors to embed the functionality in their larger management consoles and application performance management systems.
Unified Communications Suffers An Identity Crisis
News  |  3/6/2012  | 
Feature sprawl, vendor marketing shifts, lack of education, confusion and other higher priorities are all contributing to the slower-than-expected spread of unified communications in the enterprise. In fact even the UC name is in danger of disappearing
Acronis vmProtect 7 Tightens vSphere Integration
News  |  3/6/2012  | 
Following six months on the heels of the previous version, which was launched at VMworld 2011, Acronis is releasing the latest version of its small business/branch office virtualization solution for backup and recovery, vmProtect 7. vmProtect 6 was designed to be a fast, light and easy-to-install-and-use backup and recovery product that made use of Acronis’ long-standing relationship with VMware. It was designed to be optimized for vSphere, but according to Seth Goodling, Americas virtuali
Unified Communications Suffers An Identity Crisis
News  |  3/5/2012  | 
Feature sprawl, vendor marketing shifts, lack of education, confusion and other, higher priorities are all contributing to the slower-than-expected spread of unified communications in the enterprise. In fact, even the UC name is in danger of disappearing.
Dell Adds AppAssure to Its Storage Portfolio
Commentary  |  3/4/2012  | 
Dell recently announced the acquisition of AppAssure, which it describes as a next-generation data protection solution because it deals not only with physical IT assets, but also with virtual and cloud environments. Dell plans to integrate the AppAssure software product with its Fluid Data architecture. AppAssure is the first acquisition that Dell has made since the creation of its new Software Group and will be part of its enterprise storage and software portfolio. This acquisition is another s
Two More Stealthy Solid-State Storage Startups
Commentary  |  3/1/2012  | 
My last post discussed, or at least mentioned, all the startups, and re-startups, building storage systems designed around flash memory that have made public announcements. Most startups spend the time they're developing Version 1.0 of their products in stealth mode so they can pop up fully formed like Athena from the skull of Zeus. We at DeepStorage have developed our own startup detection system that ferrets out those flying under the radar. In this column we'll look at a pair of stealth start

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