A Unified Network for the Mobile Era

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November 26th, 2012

By Avaya

Thanks to Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), the enterprise wireless LAN (WLAN) has become the network of choice, and as such, networks are expected to support an increasing number of real-time applications, such as voice and video communications. Yet WLANs were not designed to meet business demands for performance, scalability, consolidated management, improved Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and, more importantly, security. So how should an enterprise address the expectations of its increasingly mobile workforce in this BYOD-driven era? The answer is an intelligent, easily managed network that is truly unified and smart enough to deliver services rapidly and seamlessly. Bottom line: the answer is Avaya Virtual Enterprise Network Architecture (VENA) Unified Access.

BYOD: Focus on User Experience, Not the Device

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November 5th, 2012

By Zeus Kerravala

A perfect storm is the coming together of several forces to create a single, unstoppable force. Several forces in corporate IT are rapidly coming together to create the biggest transition since the birth of the mainframe — the shift to consumerized IT. This is similar to the shift that occurred in the late 1990s when the Internet exploded: low-cost PCs, home broadband, the development of the browser and Windows came together and created a perfect storm that transformed computing forever. The shift to consumerized IT will finally let IT fulfill its vision of being able to deliver any application or service to any worker using any device over any network. This shift will be driven by a set of trends including BYOD.

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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Your World Has Changed Is It time to Think about Unified Communications?

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February 28th, 2012

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.

The Communications Tipping Point Is Here… Are You Ready?

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February 14th, 2012

Siemens Enterprise Communications, Inc.

There’s a paradigm shift coming. And it’s going to have a huge impact on your business communications. It will challenge longstanding conventions of total cost of ownership, of deployment models, and of just how, where and when we engage with colleagues, customers and stakeholders. It’s going to significantly alter the communications status quo. And failure to respond will put your competitive advantage at risk. It’s the collision of five megatrends that will forever change our working practices, our relationships with communication devices, and our ability to work productively, efficiently and creatively. It’s as significant as the advent of the internet, and it’s going to usher in a new era of cloud communications. And it’s happening right now.
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Deploying and Managing Pervasive Enterprise Mobile Endpoints and Video Communications with Borderless Networks

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May 24th, 2011

By Nick Lippis, the Lippis Report

IT business leaders are being confronted with a choice: either embrace users’ freedom or liberty to choose a mobile endpoint and applications that they deem appropriate to support their work, or dictate a limited number of supported mobile endpoints and applications in which employees must choose? At the center of this decision are security concerns and control as the number of mobile endpoints connecting into enterprise networks skyrocket. A larger secondary effect is that employees are downloading low cost (99 cents to $4.99) mobile applications, which is changing the mix of corporate application portfolios without IT visibility but user request for support. At the same time, video communications is expanding throughout the enterprise and the endpoints it supports. IT business leaders can avoid this difficult choice and offer users freedom to choose the mobile endpoint and applications of their liking, and still maintain security and control by deploying a Borderless Network. In this industry white paper, we review market dynamics shaping mobile computing plus video communications and how a Borderless Network offers user choice, IT management control and in the process, a more productive and agile workforce.