The Next Networking Battleground: GreenIT?
As fuel costs rose and energy pricing skyrocketed, many small and medium businesses were searching for ways to cut their energy costs. Network equipment has been one IT segment that has been a bit of a black hole when it comes to energy usage, so a couple of vendors are now trying to fill that void.
For something that was supposed to become 'just a feature,' people sure do get passionate about data de-duplication
Riverbed Enhances WAN Acceleration Line
WAN acceleration products have been becoming more functional. Consequently, a growing number of small and medium businesses are recognizing that they can cut their telecommunications costs and improve productivity with such tools. Recently, one leading vendor added functionality to its product line.
Shell's Progress On UC
The big headline out of Johan Krebbers' keynote at VoiceCon Amsteradam was Krebbers' assertion that at Shell, voice is no more important than the other peer-to-peer real-time media. In his talk, Krebbers elaborated, saying that within Shell today, if you travel, you're encouraged to use a softphone to save on international dialing; the expectation is that you'll become comfortable enough with the softphone that you'll be willing to use it when you're in the office as well.
Let's Dance: Learning The Samba
Today, I'll point out some good resources to help you tackle an essential job for many small-business owners: Cross-platform (including Linux) networking.
Videoconferencing Gets Better, For A Price
LifeSize Communications has expanded its line of high-definition video conferencing products, and while the new capabilities cost more, their improved codecs may allow business owners to save money by avoiding expensive dedicated networks.
Shell Stays Aggressive On UC Plans
Early on in the VoIP migration, you heard, "Voice is just another application on the network." Then you heard it wasn't; it was tougher to do and more mission critical. At VoiceCon Amsterdam next week, an executive from Royal Dutch Shell will say, in essence, that voice actually is just another application.
Enhanced Appliance Eases Running of Windows Apps
Providing needed services to users stationed in dispersed locations is never easy. Small and medium businesses constantly need to balance the cost of such capabilities versus their productivity improvements. Two industry giants teamed up to make that decision a bit simpler.