Lippis Report 193: Networking Essential to a Successful Virtualized Desktop Project

May 29th, 2012

While IT business leaders have been busy virtualizing servers into ever more dense data centers, virtual desktop infrastructure or VDI options and deployments continue to expand and gain market share during the current business cycle. According to ABI Research, the worldwide market for hosted virtual desktops is forecast to grow from about $500 million in 2009 to a cumulative total of nearly $5 billion in 2016.

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Designing WANs for Today that Position You for Tomorrow

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May 29th, 2012

By Ashton, Metzler & Associates

Because cloud services are typically accessed over a WAN, the adoption of cloud computing will place a significant volume of new traffic on the WAN. Unfortunately, in many cases, the cost, availability and performance of the WAN will be an impediment to the ongoing adoption of cloud computing. The use of broadband Internet access technologies, such as DSL and cable, is usually regarded as being low cost, but in many situations, it is not regarded as providing acceptable performance or high availability, such as MPLS. A new approach to WAN design combines traditional and broadband access through WAN virtualization to effectively support cloud computing.

2012 State of EnterpriseCommunications Global Findings

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May 29th, 2012

Research by ReRez Research

Enterprise communications is in transition from PBX to IP, from premises to cloud, and from voice to video to web collaboration. Siemens Enterprise Communications decided to commission ReRez Research of Dallas, Texas, to survey the state of enterprise communications at the beginning of 2012. We found that global organizations are in a state of flux/transition. They are running their PBX solutions alongside the new IP system, for smooth transitioning. We found evidence that nearly half have plans to move their communications to the cloud in 2012. But gaps in critical skills areas, such as cloud, are combining with chronic understaffing and high turnover to hinder the transition to IP-based communications.

Cisco Catalyst SmartOperations Solutions Guide

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May 29th, 2012

By Cisco Systems

Lower TCO by Activating Embedded Switch Tools that Automate Lifecycle Management Operations

Cisco® Catalyst® SmartOperations is a comprehensive toolkit of network services built into the foundation of Cisco Catalyst LAN switches. These embedded capabilities simplify and automate switch lifecycle management tasks and the QoS policy enforcement that real-time voice and video network traffic requires. There are about a dozen of these network service features, which together form the Cisco Catalyst SmartOperations Toolkit (“SmartOperations”), and they ship on Cisco Catalyst platforms running LAN Base or higher software. Cisco Catalyst SmartOperations tools lower total cost of ownership (TCO) by simplifying and automating network planning, deployment, monitoring, and troubleshooting.

The Total Economic Impact™ of Cisco Catalyst AccessSwitches

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May 29th, 2012

By Norman Forbush, Forrester Research

Cisco commissioned Forrester Consulting to examine the total economic impact and potential return on investment (ROI) enterprises may realize by deploying Cisco Catalyst Access Switches. For this study, Forrester conducted interviews with five existing Cisco customers and completed an online market survey of 104 senior network managers. The analysis showed that operating expense (opex) contributed up to 70% of total cost of ownership (TCO) and found that TCO is 14% less when IT deploys Cisco Catalyst Access Switches versus others.

Cisco Catalyst Access Switches Lower TCO by 14% According To Forrester

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May 28th, 2012

Cisco commissioned Forrester Consulting to examine the total economic impact and potential return on investment (ROI) enterprises may realize by deploying Cisco Catalyst Access Switches. They found that corporations that deployed Cisco Catalyst Access switches were better off by 14% than if they had deployed other Ethernet switches. They also found that IT executives who deploy non Cisco Ethernet switches spend twice as much of TCO on operational cost. I talk with Pradeep Parmar, Switching Marketing Manager at Cisco Systems on life cycle cost of network ownership and how Cisco’s Catalyst Access Switches deliver lower operational cost.

Siemens On The State-of-Enterprise Communications

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May 28th, 2012

Siemens Enterprise Communications released the results of its State of Enterprise Communications 2012 Study, which found, not surprisingly that pure IP infrastructures save enterprises 43% over traditional PBX systems. The study found that an increasingly mobile workforce is forcing more enterprises to adapt cloud technology and that staff training and headcount issues often delay a company’s migration to a unified communications (UC) platform. The study examines enterprise communications practices worldwide, including the influences of mobile and cloud computing on communications infrastructures. Rick Puskar SVP of Global Portfolio Management Innovation at Siemens is my guest as we discuss the state-of-enterprise communications and how IT business leaders can gain from its findings.

Lippis Report 192: Ruckus Wireless Stakes Its Future on Universal Wi-Fi Access

May 14th, 2012

There are only a few 2004 vintage network start-ups that managed through the difficult 2008-2010 economic drought, which killed off many. These firms are survivors rooted in nutrient soil made up of strong management that tightly weaves business and technical architecture to serve an unmet, yet growing, market need. One of those markets is wireless infrastructure, and the one company that stands out in this space is Ruckus Wireless. Ruckus was founded by Bill Kish, CTO, and Victor Shtrom, CWO, and is managed by Selina Lo, its President and CEO. Ruckus Wireless has been firing on all cylinders. It’s the fastest growing Wi-Fi supplier on the planet in today’s enterprise wireless LAN (WLAN) market and owns the largest market share in the carrier Wi-Fi space. According to Garner, from 4Q10 to 4Q11, Ruckus Wireless, a late entrant into the WLAN market, was the fastest growing supplier of managed enterprise WLAN access points in terms of both unit shipments and revenue – growing 289% and 181%, respectively.  And for the second year, in the carrier Wi-Fi space, Ruckus was identified as the 2011 market leader with a 26.7 % share of Wi-Fi mesh node shipments, according to Dell’Oro. In this Lippis Report Research Note, we explore the service provide trends that are driving Ruckus’ current and future success in the wake of its expected IPO.

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Debunking Security Concerns with CloudContact Centers

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May 14th, 2012

By Siemens Enterprise Communications

The contact center landscape is experiencing significant changes, both in the business model itself and its underlying technology. The ability to access telephony and applications over the Internet has increased the flexibility of the contact center workforce, introducing a new trend: the work-at-home agent. Driven by a greater need for both flexibility and cost control, cloud contact center solutions (also known as hosted contact centers) are seeing double-digit growth rates. Cloud contact centers provide a number of business benefits: improved business agility, decreased capital expense, and lower total cost of ownership (TCO). This white paper provides a best practices for exploiting cloud base contact centers securely, with compliance controls and built-in disaster recovery.

Broadcom Smart-NV Technology for Cloud-Scale Network Virtualization

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May 14th, 2012

By Broadcom

Private and public cloud applications, usage models, and scale requirements are significantly influencing network infrastructure design. Broadcom’s StrataXGS® architecture-based Ethernet switches support the SmartScale series of technologies to ensure that such network infrastructure design requirements can be implemented comprehensively, cost-effectively and at scale. This set of innovative and unique technologies, available in current and future StrataXGS Ethernet switch processors, serves as the cornerstone of Ethernet switch systems from leading equipment manufacturers worldwide.
 
This white paper explores the network infrastructure virtualization requirements in private and public cloud networks, and how such requirements affect the design of data center network switches. It also describes features that are enabled by Broadcom’s Smart-NV (Network Virtualization) technology, part of Broadcom’s SmartScale series of technologies, engineered specifically to meet current feature and scale requirements of private and public cloud networks. Smart-NV encompasses comprehensive best practices for today’s high-performance data center switches, and addresses evolving needs of next generation cloud implementations.

BYOD Smart Solution

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May 14th, 2012

By Cisco Systems

Providing a work-your-way solution for diverse users with multiple devices, anytime, anywhere
Today’s CIO must deliver innovative business solutions and give employees more freedom to work the way they want – all while reducing IT complexity. Consumer devices have proven to be a cost effective and attractive way to keep employees engaged and productive, but many organizations struggle with securely introducing these devices into the network. Securing corporate data, applications, and systems is essential to any BYOD strategy, and IT organizations need to ensure a secure experience from both a device and network access perspective. As corporations develop an any-device, anywhere strategy, IT needs to know who is on the network, the location of the person, and the type and status of the device. This white paper provides a strategy for implementing BYOD securely.

An Interview with Bill Kish, CTO of Ruckus Wireless, on Its Unique WiFi Technical Architecture

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May 14th, 2012

Ruckus Wireless is an innovation machine having pioneered technologies such as SmartMeshing, BeamFlex, SmartCast and now ChannelFly. These innovations have differentiated Ruckus in the enterprise and service provider markets with outstanding results. Ruckus is also involved in the IEEE and WiFi Alliance where new Wi-Fi standards such as gigabit WiFi or 802.11ac, and 7 Gbps 802.11ad are being developed. Bill Kish, Ruckus’s CTO, is my guest as we talk about Ruckus’s unique architecture to product differentiation and development. Bill shares his view of the next three years in the wireless technologies. It’s a must listen for network architects in the enterprise and service provider markets.

An Interview with Selina Lo, CEO, of Ruckus Wireless on Business Strategy

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May 14th, 2012

Ruckus Wireless has been firing on all cylinders. It’s the fastest growing Wi-Fi supplier on the planet in the enterprise wireless market and owns the largest market share in the carrier Wi-Fi space. Ruckus, an Enterprise supplier latecomer, achieved the highest year-over-year revenue growth of all WLAN suppliers worldwide, growing over 134 %, according to Gartner’s Enterprise WLAN Equipment Market Share4Q11 report. For the second year, in the Service Provider Wi-Fi space, Ruckus was identified as the 2011 market leader with a 26.7 % share of Wi-Fi mesh node shipments, according to Dell’Oro. Very few firms can serve both service provide and enterprise market well; Ruckus is one of those firms. Selina Lo, CEO of Ruckus Wireless, joins me to talk about its business strategy and recent growth. Since recording this podcast, Ruckus announced its IPO plans; this could be one of the last times that you will hear Selina Lo talk for 20 minutes on its business strategy until after the IPO. Enjoy…it’s a great listen.