Find out how using Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and SDN technologies, such as OpenFlow, can potentially transform the way customers are doing networking in their data center, as discussed in this on-demand webcast by IBM System Networking EMEA Business Executive, Charles Ferland
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Discover in this short, informative webcast with IBM System Networking EMEA Business Executive, Charles Ferland, how network virtualization, specifically the new emerging protocol 802.1Qbg (Edge Virtual Bridging), can benefit dynamic data center network infrastructures
by Nick Lippis
Over the past several years, computing has accelerated its fantastic pace of innovation that has manifested into cloud and mobile computing. There are numerous metrics that have tracked these trends to show their increasingly mainstream acceptance. But the most telling set of data comes from supporting technologies or approaches that are no longer able to support both legacy and the new cloud plus mobile computing models. Wide area networking or in particular, the approach to branch office wide area networking, is in need of an overhaul as its current form does not support cloud computing. This is particularly troubling as nearly 55% of a corporation’s employees reside in branch offices, and are now, in essence, cut off from secure cloud computing, experience poor cloud application performance and cost their corporation more money than needed. This white paper provides the guide to cloud-ready branch office networking.
Unified Communications or UC vendors have not provided a consistent user experience spanning desktop to mobile devices, as most implementations require multiple mobile apps to access presence, messaging, directory, contacts and communications. As such, mobile workers have been cut off from existing corporate UC tools at the rate of BYOD growth. Jan Hickisch, VP Portfolio Management UCC, Platforms & Endpoints at Siemens Enterprise Communications, joins me to talk about UC scale and mobility addressed in its OpenScape UC Suite V7
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.
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.
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.
OpenScape Unified Communications Interworking with, complementing, and extending the value of Microsoft products
Siemens Enterprise Communications (SEN) enhances the value of existing Microsoft investments, by combining communications tools, from SEN and Microsoft, and others into a single, manageable interface, and simplifying the way users communicate and share information. By integrating with current Microsoft application ecosystem, knowledge works can continue to use familiar user interfaces with the added benefits of rich, user-centric presence and click-to-contact/click-to-conference. The bottom line is, SEN can unify all communications together into one, simple, seamless experience and deliver innovative business solutions that integrate, complement, and extend the value of Microsoft products.
By Siemens Enterprise Communications, Inc.
Until recently, technologies such as unified communications (UC) might have seemed strictly the domain of big business. Now, though, UC goes straight to the heart of many of the SMB challenges you face.
Infoblox plug-in for VMware vCenter Orchestrator Automates Network Changes in Virtualized Infrastructure
The Inflobox plug-in module for VMware’s vCenter Orchestrator promises to bridge network and virtual IT team silos by enabling automated assignment of IP addresses to VMs. The Infloblox plug-in enables IP addresses to be automatically assigned to virtual machines in less than a minute and then constantly monitored and managed, which simplifies troubleshooting, accelerates time to value and offers greater flexibility for the virtual team. Steve Garrison, VP Marketing for Infoblox and I discuss the problems of networking in virtualized environments and how Infoblox’s vCenter plug-in solves them.
By Extreme Networks
Several technology inflection points are coming together that are fundamentally changing the way networks are architected, deployed and operated, both in the public and private cloud. From performance, to scale, to virtualization support and automation to simplified orchestration, the requirements are rapidly changing and driving new approaches to building data center networks. This white paper does an excellent job at articulating cloud-scale network architecture via an open fabric that accounts for all major industry trends.
The consumerization of IT is helping to drive a shift towards collaborative applications convergence. Employees want to plug their consumer technology experiences into their daily work lives. Particularly, IDC believes the industry is on a trend to combine key technologies, such as email, instant messaging (IM), team workspaces, video, voice, Web conferencing and social features into a single “superset” user environment. This Technology Spotlight discusses collaborative applications and explores the role that Avaya plays in this increasingly important market.
By Cisco Systems
The Apollo Group, owner of the University of Phoenix and other educational properties doubled the size of its network without an increase in IT staff, lowered per-port switching cost while increasing port volume and freed up several rows of space in its data centers. This white paper describes how the Apollo Group achieved this transformation.