Cloud Networking Defined

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February 23rd, 2009

A series of short interviews and comments from Industry Executives and Analyst on Cloud Networking.

Maximizing Unified Communications for Your Business

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February 23rd, 2009

By Avaya

Unified Communications is the convergence of real-time and non-real-time business communication applications. These applications include voice and video telephony, conferencing, collaboration, voice and video mail, instant messaging, email, calendaring and contacts. Users access these capabilities using multiple modalities including voice, data, and speech access, as well as through multiple devices – from mobile phones to PCs. Ultimately, these communications services will be embedded into a wide variety of core business processes. This executive brief first discusses the business benefits of UC, then ends with a set of recommended approaches to help companies ensure smooth and successful UC deployments that optimize application performance according to each business’s unique needs.

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Making a Smart Choice: Leveraging the Right Services Partner for Competitive Advantage

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February 23rd, 2009

By Alcatel-Lucent

Competitive differentiation is critical in the current business climate, and transformation is essential to achieving it. This paper is meant to help executive decision-makers at carrier and enterprise organizations understand the importance of business, service and network-level transformation in achieving differentiation, and to help them address the complexities of implementing a transformation strategy. It also explains why only a Network Integrator—with the ability to tap extensive experience in both IT systems in network services—can assist by providing the unique capabilities needed to implement a transformation strategy successfully. It then examines how the right partner can also function as a trusted advisor and/or consultant throughout the entire transformation process—especially when that partner boasts a proven and comprehensive services methodology that allows it to reduce complexity, manage the inter-relationships among transformation projects and mitigate risk throughout the deployment lifecycle.

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High-Performance Trading: Use the Power Trader Solution to Enhance Collaboration

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February 23rd, 2009

By Cisco Systems

In today’s trading environment, traders need next-generation tools that enhance collaboration and enable true mobility over a robust technology architecture. By providing traders with the information they need within the window of opportunity in the market, the Cisco® Power Trader solution contributes directly to your firm’s profit line. This paper describes:

  • The challenges facing financial market firms to collaborate more effectively
  • How the Cisco Power Trader solution can help meet those challenges
  • Why Cisco is a smart business partner

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Lippis Report 120: Cloud Computing Drives New Networking Requirements

February 23rd, 2009

Nick LippisThe data center market has been undergoing tremendous change over the past 24 months, with consolidation, green projects and virtualization deployments accelerating, thanks in part to the bleeding macro economic climate. Building upon the next phase of data center virtualization is cloud computing, which in 2008 ushered in initiatives with announcements made by nearly every computer, software, networking, internet hosting and storage concern. While it’s clear that the industry is in the center of the hype curve a simple example reveals that the hype is justified. One well-known example demonstrating the power of cloud computing is animoto and Amazon. In April of ’08 animoto, a music video production application on Facebook ramped up from 25,000 to 250,000 users in three quick days scaling from 50 instances of usage on Amazon’s EC2 cloud service to 3,500 without service interruption; that’s like having nearly 4,000 servers to support this application.

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Why Investing In Unified Communications Now Makes Sense

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February 18th, 2009

Clearly the economic news over the past five months has been disturbing and at many times scary. So the question we ask is why invest in Unified Communications (UC) now and not wait until the recovery? The answer is straightforward, as UC not only pays for itself with a rapid payback measured in months, and at times as short as six weeks, but most importantly it reduces corporate operational cost by streamlining business processes. Steve Hardy Director Global Product and Solutions Marketing for Avaya joins me to discuss investing in UC now during a challenging macro economic climate. For any executive seeking both IT and corporate cost cutting projects, you need to listen to this podcast.

Is information technology strategic?

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February 12th, 2009

Nick LippisWith Nick Lippis, Industry Analyst

Jennifer Geisler examines the current economic recession, its implications for business, and the role of information technology.

Lippis Report 119: Are Cisco, HP and IBM on Data Center Collision Course?

February 10th, 2009

Nick LippisFor this Lippis Report Research Note I talked with Cisco’s Mark Fulgham, VP Marketing Data Center Emerging Technologies at Cisco on Unified Computing, and Jim Ganthier, VP HP BladeSystem Marketing, Metrics and Solutions. Scheduling difficulties precluded IBM from participating; thus we’ll focus primarily on Cisco and HP in this Research Note. IBM is rumored to shortly be announcing a tighter relationship with Juniper Networks and Brocade to bolster its Dynamic Infrastructure to be more competitive with HP’s Adaptive Infrastructure and Cisco’s Data Center 3.0 with Unified Computing initiative. Look for more information as it occurs; follow us on our Twitter account and join our cloud computing/networking Facebook group.

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Avaya Unified Communications: The Business Value of Unifying Communications

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February 10th, 2009

This paper provides an overview of the business value related to the joint Unified Communications solutions offered by Avaya and Microsoft. Readers will understand the elements and steps involved in making a Unified Communications deployment decision and cover success factors. Also included is a section covering the factors IT leaders should consider when calculating a return on investment (ROI) of their Unified Communications solution.

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Alcatel-Lucent Bridges IT and Networks as the Network Integrator

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February 10th, 2009

Avedis Menechian, our podcast guestThe future of IT is a networked model. Value creation and innovation is found in content that flows freely throughout networks. Cloud computing, Web 2.0, mobile applications, unified communications, video on-demand, social networking, etc are the result of the networked IT model. But IT and networks can be more tightly integrated with an applications enablement layer offered by service providers, which provide Over the Top suppliers with reliability, privacy, billing and security services. To link and simplify IT and networks in the most complex environments the industry needs a Network Integrator. I talk with Avedis Menechian, Chief Marketing Officer for Alcatel-Lucent about Alcatel-Lucent’s role as the Network Integrator of Choice.

Video: Improving Collaboration in the Enterprise Campus

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February 10th, 2009

By Cisco Systems

In today’s global marketplace, businesses are becoming increasingly dispersed and mobile. More than ever, companies are looking to networking technology to bring their employees, customers, and business partners together—regardless of their location. Enterprise companies are increasingly turning to rich-media applications such as video to increase worker productivity by improving collaboration, communication, and training, while reducing overall costs. To take full advantage of these video innovations, companies need to be sure that their campus network is ready to meet the demands video applications place on the infrastructure, and ensure a solid user experience. This paper introduces the major video technologies that are available today. It also provides some guidance concerning critical campus network foundation technologies required for the successful deployment of these video solutions.

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The Business Value of the Network Integrator

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February 10th, 2009

By Technology Business Research, Inc. for Alcatel-Lucent

Within the last few years, service providers have engaged in a wide array of initiatives to transform their networks and business models to monetize growing user demand for new interactive multimedia communications and entertainment experiences. While the drive to grow revenue is, and will remain, a core factor for operators, the requirement to save on operating and capital costs has more recently risen to equal prominence, as new data revenues have not yet made up for declining voice services and slowing subscriber growth for most operators.

Many paths to more cost effective service provider operations are being examined. The most prominent of these is to migrate to an all-IP-based network. Whether fixed or mobile operator, this migration requires a transformation from time-tested legacy infrastructure with built-in reliability to a relatively new set of platforms that require careful engineering and integration to ensure a premium quality of experience. The transformation also requires changes in OSS/BSS and opens up the possibility of new service delivery and customer management business tools and models.

As a result, service providers are now engaged in a more complex integration environment than ever before. While the overall concept of transforming to an IP-based network is conceptually feasible, the multitude of migration and optimization requirements that are visible in today’s network environment threaten to overwhelm service provider staff capabilities at a time when cost management is becoming the key priority. A Network Integrator can manage the complexity and transition positioning the service provider for greater service revenues with lower operational expense.

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