The decade's midpoint finds networking on the cusp of fundamental and transformational change -- from software-defined everything and cloud adoption to the Internet of Things and collaboration. Network engineers must carefully consider these evolving technological innovations even as they wrestle with the day-to-day demands of running their networks. Faster speeds, the increasing importance of mobility, application performance management: These are just a few of the areas engineers and administrators are examining as they position their networks to meet the business demands of tomorrow.
SearchNetworking editors look at these trends and more at 2015 Interop Las Vegas, reporting what you need to know about the state of the industry -- from the data center to the WAN.
Learn about the latest trends shaping the Internet of Things, wide area networks and data center networking technologies.
Dell plans to sell a 100 GbE fabric switch at half the price of competing products to try to 'disrupt' the market through a low switch price. Continue Reading
Software-defined networking (SDN) is becoming more real and less hype. Read about the moves made by vendors to take this technology to the next step.
The latest version of the Extreme Networks SDN platform uses OpenDaylight to prioritize Skype for Business video conferencing. Continue Reading
Avaya SDN architecture includes a SDN-enabled Ethernet switch line, the ERS 5900 series. The switches will help extend SDN to the edge of the network. Continue Reading
3UC and wireless-
Collaboration and mobility
The implementation of Gigabit Wi-Fi means big changes to the data network. Find out what you should be doing next to make sure your network is ready.
Requiring users on guest Wi-Fi to agree to an acceptable use policy (AUP) keeps lawyers happy, but it's far from user-friendly. Here's what happened when one IT pro removed his. Continue Reading
The Cisco vs. Microsoft decision doesn’t always come down to features and cost. Sometimes, organizational politics come into play. Continue Reading
An enterprise mobile strategy that relies on legacy infrastructure can't keep pace with innovation in wireless and the Internet of Things, say IT pros. Continue Reading
4Manage and secure-
Network management and security
Maintaining a network isn’t just about making sure all the switches are plugged in and turned on; network management and security are essential to ensuring network health and performance. Find out what network engineers, industry analysts and vendors are saying.
The latest Dell SonicWALL TZ is faster than previous firewall models and better equipped to protect SSL traffic. Continue Reading
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