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This article is part of the October 2013 / Vol 4 / No.5 issue of Five trends changing the game for UC
What do software-defined networking (SDN) and unified communications (UC) have in common? That question sounds like the beginning of a bad joke -- or worse, a press release trying to convince us that SDN is the next UC game-changer. But it's neither. There is an important commonality in SDN and UC -- both are technologies that promise operational efficiency in return for hefty capital investment. But in both cases, that efficiency is not so easy to measure and prove -- they don't offer a clear return on investment. This makes it difficult to convince C-level execs to invest in these technologies. What's more, both SDN and UC are constantly evolving, so it can be difficult for engineers and network managers to know which vendor strategy to trust -- or to know how long to wait for the technology to mature. In this issue of Network Evolution, we look at important technology developments in both UC and SDN, and we explore the difficulty in deciphering when it's time to invest. Nemertes Research vice president and service director Irwin Lazar outlines five UC ... Access >>>
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Is IT operational efficiency sexy enough to entice investment?
by Rivka Gewirtz Little
Technologies like unified communications and SDN promise IT operational efficiency as a return on investment, but that can be difficult to measure.
Application visibility and control tools emerge for the wireless world
by Chuck Moozakis
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.
- Is IT operational efficiency sexy enough to entice investment? by Rivka Gewirtz Little
Five unified communications trends that change the collaboration game
by Irwin Lazar
From WebRTC to consumer video in the enterprise, UC technology innovation is changing the future of collaboration ... again.
The programmable WAN: Applications are boss and networks bend
by David Geer
In the new programmable WAN, network hypervisors can provision virtual network segments on demand to support specific applications or sets of data.
- Five unified communications trends that change the collaboration game by Irwin Lazar
Seeking network efficiency? SDN may -- or may not -- be the answer
by Teren Bryson
SDN vendors promise network efficiency, but that will be hard to realize in the short term since SDN implementation requires so much capital spending.
- Seeking network efficiency? SDN may -- or may not -- be the answer by Teren Bryson
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