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Networking Decisions Conference 2004: Network management presentations

This collection of presentations from our 2004 Networking Decisions conference focuses on our network management sessions.

Networking Decisions 2004 continued to provide a combination of valuable strategic and technical content that our audience took back to their organizations to utilize immediately. We learned from celebrated networking experts, senior executives and industry analysts who revealed the most effective real-world solutions for managing and securing enterprise networks.

Network management presentations

Key trends in enterprise networks in 2005

Lee Doyle, Group Vice President, Network Infrastructure Group, IDC
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Managing your network for the future

Richard Ptak, founder and partner, Ptak, Noel & Associates
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How to gain more performance out of today's networks

Laura Chapell, Founder & Senior Protocol Analyst, The Protocol Analysis Institute, LLC.
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Policy enforcement on enterprise networks

Tina Bird, Computer Security Officer at Stanford University
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Management, troubleshooting and security tools every IT pro should own

Laura Chapell, Founder & Senior Protocol Analyst, The Protocol Analysis Institute, LLC.
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Ten steps to avoiding network downtime

Carrie Higbie, Global Network Applications Market Manager, The Siemon Company
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Fitting voice into your network

Zeus Kerravala, Vice President of Enterprise Infrastructure, Yankee Group
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Research results: Rating networking vendors and overall technology

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News exclusives from our conference floor:
Networking pros vital to IT's future

Networking Decisions 2005 will be held in Chicago, Nov. 8-10, 2005.

In this session, provided an analysis of these key trends and their impact on the enterprise network market. The presentation included a discussion of the challenges facing Cisco and other leading equipment vendors to address the enterprise network needs. As the combination of networks and systems continues to become more complex, new approaches are needed to improve the management process. In this session, showed us the new methodologies we can use today that will help assure your networks will conform, perform and adapt to new demands. Optimizing performance begins with developing a network management framework that categorizes and prioritizes the functions and tools that manage your network environment. Once the framework is in place, you can concentrate on reducing reaction time, preventing bottlenecks and measuring actual performance. In this session, walked us through creating a framework and drilling down into its parts to ensure that you are providing your users with the highest availability possible. In this presentation, discussed the need for granular, environmentally-sensitive access control, network-based mechanisms for enforcing policies on desktop and laptop machines, simple checks that will greatly improve the resilience of your LAN against new attacks and mechanisms for bringing end-users into compliance. In this session, discussed the framework for managing the network, common causes of performance problems, and described three things we can do to improve performance. In this session, we learned, layer by layer, steps to prevent downtime in your enterprise. , showed us the common causes of downtime, some hidden causes and proper methods to audit your infrastructure (an invaluable tool in planning for convergence). Carrie used actual case studies to provide you with the tools to learn best practices to maintain your uptime goals. According to a recent Yankee Group Study, 87% of enterprises are either testing VoIP or have it partially deployed, but only 3% have it fully deployed across the organization. Many network managers struggle with how to take VoIP out of the lab and implement it in production environments with confidence that voice traffic will operate with the quality needed to support business use. , outlined the various options available to network managers today to deploy VoIP. He also focused on strategies for introducing voice in a data network without putting a company's business at risk. Based on in-depth interviews with over 150 networking and information security executives, this presentation highlights the 2005-2006 networking technology implementation plans of Fortune 1000 enterprises. Over 30 different emerging technologies and infrastructure technologies will be discussed and the relative demand for each will be presented, based on direct user feedback. In addition, "voice of the customer" ratings and commentary on over 25 different networking technology vendors will be presented. Quotes from customers of these vendors will be used to illustrate the quantitative ratings of these vendors on 12 different corporate and product-specific criteria. Network admins will be even more important to IT as next-generation technologies take hold, according to a top analyst at Networking Decisions, but some attendees said these technologies are still a long way off.
This was last published in November 2004

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