IT - Networks
21 Mar 2016
5 Reasons To Move To An SD-WAN
Network World, March 21st, 2016

"The enterprise WAN has transitioned from dedicated TDM circuits with Frame Relay and ATM, to Packet-over-SONET and MPLS, and now to Ethernet-access services. However, two things have remained constant, WAN bandwidth is still expensive and provisioning WAN services can take a long time.

In addition, WANs have challenges with backup link utilization, security of remote sites, traffic engineering, Quality of Service (QoS), touchless provisioning, and traffic visibility. These issues and many business drivers are causing companies to re-evaluate their WAN design and deployment and look for opportunities for improvement.

Software-Defined WANs (SD-WAN) offer many advantages that make them compelling..."
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22 Mar 2016
A Quick Look At The 2016 Ethernet Roadmap
insideHPC, March 22th, 2016

"The Ethernet Alliance unveiled its 2016 Ethernet Roadmap at OFC 2016. The roadmap highlights Ethernet's breadth of speeds, current and next-generation modules and interfaces, PoE, and innovations like the OIF's FlexEthernet, and offers an overview of existing and future modules including QSFP-DD, microQSFP, and OBO; interfaces; and nomenclature at speeds from 10 Mb/s to 400GbE. The roadmap also addresses Ethernet's rapidly diversifying markets, including consumer, residential, enterprise, data centers, and service providers, and the expanding roster of applications like PoE, Power over Data Line (PoDL), and automotive..."
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24 Mar 2016
Draw Up A Data Center Network Diagram You'll Actually Use
SearchDataCenter, March 24th, 2016

"Creating a data center network diagram is time-consuming but necessary work. Keep the scope narrow and know the priorities of your diagram to save time and energy.

Ask any network engineer what their least favorite task is, and most will refer to documentation. Documentation, particularly the data center network diagram, is often hard to create and, many times, even harder to maintain..."
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    22 Mar 2016
    Managing The Software-Defined Wan
    Network World, March 22th, 2016

    "In previous articles I discussed how SD-WAN is an attractive step forward from simple IPsec VPNs as well as multi-vendor, multi-technology hybrid WANs, driving new functionality and quality levels into these networks. One important question is how next-generation WANs are managed - and by whom..."
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      23 Mar 2016
      Network Security Operations Becoming More Difficult
      Help Net Security, March 23rd, 2016

      "One hundred and fifty enterprise IT security professionals from a wide range of industries were surveyed by Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) to gain a better understanding of their plans for adopting software-defined networking (SDN) in the near future, as well as their opinions on the increasing level of difficulty in managing heterogeneous network environments..."
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      24 Mar 2016
      Networking Then and Now: 1986 Vs 2016
      Network World, March 24th, 2016

      As Network World celebrates its 30th anniversary, we took a look back at the scene in 1986 ... and had a chuckle.
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        24 Mar 2016
        SDNs Come To The Branch Office, With Risks
        CIO, March 24th, 2016

        "Looking to save on networking costs, some CIOs are extending SDN capabilities to the WANs that connect remote offices. The challenge is that the fledgling SD-WAN market is unpredictable and driven largely by startups.

        Companies have been implementing software-defined networking (SDN) in an effort to make their networks more responsive to cloud services that require flexibility to accommodate scaling traffic loads. Now CIOs hoping to shave dollars off of their costly networking bills are looking to extend SDN capabilities to their wide area networks (WANs)..."
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        24 Mar 2016
        Three Barriers To Introducing Unified Communications To Your Business (And How To Solve Them)
        ITProPortal, March 24th, 2016

        "So far in this series we have explored what unified communications means in today's connected world and what benefits introducing a UC system brings to your business, from staff training to securing budget

        In this piece we will explore three of the most common barriers to replacing a siloed communications system with a UC package..."
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        21 Mar 2016
        Why Network Disaggregation Isn't For The Enterprise
        NetworkComputing, March 21st, 2016

        "There's a lot of talk today in the industry about network disaggregation. Internet giants like Facebook say it provides the flexibility that traditional networking equipment doesn't. Networking vendors like Dell and Juniper are jumping on the disaggregation bandwagon, saying they want to provide their customers with more choice.

        But I'm not going to beat around the bush: Despite what you've been told and sold, there is no compelling case to migrate to a disaggregated network in the enterprise..."
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