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Five trends changing the game for UC
The world of networking is facing major change with innovation in unified communications, wireless optimization and software-defined networking. In this issue of Network Evolution, we explore five trends and technologies that will forever change the unified communications landscape. We also learn how application visibility and control tools will enable us to optimize the wireless LAN in the same way we do wired infrastructure. Finally, we explore the new programmable WAN and the ability to provision virtual networks to support the needs of specific applications.
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Technologies like unified communications and SDN promise IT operational efficiency as a return on investment, but that can be difficult to measure.
From WebRTC to consumer video in the enterprise, UC technology innovation is changing the future of collaboration ... again.
A new generation of application visibility and control (AVC) tools allows network managers to peer into applications across their WLAN infrastructures and optimize how that traffic is delivered. These new AVC tools will help network managers deliver a wider range of critical applications to both personal and enterprise-issued devices.
In the new programmable WAN, network hypervisors can provision virtual network segments on demand to support specific applications or sets of data.
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SDN vendors promise network efficiency, but that will be hard to realize in the short term since SDN implementation requires so much capital spending.