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September 21, 2018
Enterprises will pay more for networking gear as a result of President Donald Trump's tariffs on China. Vendors planning to pass on added costs to customers include Cisco and Juniper.
May 03, 2018
Enterprises are undergoing SD-WAN testing to gauge how the technology can offer better WAN control, IHS Markit says. Also, OPNFV releases Fraser to support cloud-native applications.
March 03, 2017
The tech industry's chatter about digital transformation and disruption are scare tactics that shouldn't distract companies from making purchases based on a customer-focused strategy.
February 16, 2017
Cisco revenue dropped for the fifth consecutive quarter due to declining sales of switches and routers. The company is expected to counter the drop with more acquisitions of network software makers.
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Software-defined networking (SDN) is a network architecture that aims to make data center networks agile and flexible. Continue Reading
The open networking concept follows the likes of SDN and open source, but the lines separating them all are often blurred. This quiz can help you understand the differences. Continue Reading
How can your organization take advantage of SD-WAN? Networking expert Lee Doyle explains how SD-WAN adoption can transform your WAN, and why you should consider making the switch. Continue Reading
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Commercial SDN offers vendor-backed support, while open source platforms can be upgraded more quickly. Whether an enterprise chooses one over the other depends on its preferences. Continue Reading
Networking suppliers are increasingly offering network subscription packages, as enterprises have become more familiar with paying for services with monthly subscriptions. Continue Reading
While some networking pros say white-box switching is the 'next big thing,' others argue that's a myth that needs busting. As usual, enterprises must consider the business case. Continue Reading
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The first step in creating a strong SD-WAN business case is evaluating your organization's current WAN infrastructure. Then, you can compare the potential savings and benefits. Continue Reading
Open source network software is maturing, but the networking industry needs to create compelling economic incentives for large suppliers and buyers to contribute, as well. Continue Reading
If your organization is thinking about a future SDN implementation, the time to begin planning is now. Follow these four steps to launch the process. Continue Reading
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SDN expert Will Murrell discusses how the advantages of SDN will speak to cautious companies only when network engineers can make a case for SDN's lower cost and high functionality. Continue Reading
Let's face it: It'll be a while until we see widespread SDN investment. On this Reddit thread, network engineers demand an end to crappy marketing jargon, and tell vendors what they really need from SDN. Continue Reading
When evaluating SDN technology, consider buying from SDN startups, which may be more nimble and innovative than traditional hardware vendors. Continue Reading