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Network Evolution - September 2014 Vol.5 / No. 6

WebRTC, an emerging standard for embedding voice and video-conferencing applications into Web browsers, is aimed at making real-time communications as simple as clicking a link. It eliminates the need to download and install any clients or plug-ins, saving time and negating a big source of frustration for many users. But could WebRTC become a victim of its own success? That is, if removing such barriers causes video conferencing to surge, what does that mean for network bandwidth requirements? In this issue of Network Evolution, we hear from early adopters of WebRTC video conferencing about how they've prepared their networks to handle WebRTC-based video traffic.

Also in this issue, find out what network engineers say has to happen in the bare-metal switch market to pave the way for enterprise adoption. We also take a look at how IPv6 has made route aggregation easier.  Access >>>

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    • Will WebRTC video blow up the network? by Gina Narcisi

      Initiating a video conference should be as easy as making a phone call, and WebRTC video is getting us closer to that. But could the network become a victim of WebRTC's success?

    • Aggregation in IPv6 routing curbs effects of Internet growth by Jessica Scarpati

      IPv6 addresses are four times larger than those based on IPv4, but experts say that doesn't mean IPv6 will slow down routers. In fact, IPv6 routing makes route aggregation simpler, which leads to smaller routing tables.

    • The bare-metal switch moves closer to mainstream by Shamus McGillicuddy

      Bare-metal switching has been considered niche, but Dell's foray into the market suggests other big vendors may soon follow. And while you might worry a bare-metal switch requires a Ph.D. to set up, early adopters say it's not that scary to use.

    • Supporting IoT devices requires careful WLAN design by Jessica Scarpati

      The Internet of Things (IoT) has become defined by the perennial refrigerator that orders more milk when you run out. But in this Q&A, one networking pro explains its role in the enterprise and the issues with designing a WLAN to support IoT devices.

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    • Will WebRTC video conferencing finally make video easy? by Jessica Scarpati

      Launching or joining a video call is often laden with frustration. Which app can we both use? What's the meeting ID? Why is this plug-in taking so long to download? WebRTC video conferencing aims to solve these problems.

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