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  • Cisco DNA: How should partners deploy it?

    Channel partner companies should introduce Cisco DNA to customers on a step-by-step basis, according to the company. Continue Reading

  • Cisco HyperFlex

    HyperFlex systems combine software-defined storage and data services software with Cisco UCS (unified computing system), a converged infrastructure system that integrates computing, networking and storage resources to increase efficiency and enable centralized management. Continue Reading

  • The right call: Choosing the best VoIP telephone for your needs

    The VoIP telephone may not be the most glamorous member of the office, but in many businesses, its absence would be sorely felt. Despite the rise of mobile devices in the enterprise, many IT managers still depend on IP telephony's reliability, functionality and call quality. In fact, some analysts estimate that around 90% of enterprises have a VoIP telephone deployed in at least one site.

    But with a plethora of models and features to consider, choosing a VoIP telephone that rings true to organizational needs can pose an overwhelming challenge for IT decision makers. This issue of Network Evolution is here to help, with IP telephony insight, advice and anecdotes from IT pros.

    Also in this issue, learn why many businesses with international partners, employees or customers would be wise to consider just how much of their data travels over undersea cables -- and what would happen to that traffic in the event of a major submarine fiber outage. We also take a look at how some organizations are having their software-defined cake and eating it too, deploying Cisco ACI and VMware NSX in the same networks.

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  • Comparing the best email security gateways

    Expert contributor Karen Scarfone examines the best email security gateways to help readers determine which may be best for their organization. Continue Reading

  • After using both NSX and ACI, engineer says VMware wins his vote

    Sugar Creek Packing Co. sidestepped the NSX vs. ACI debate and deployed both. Now, a senior network engineer shares which technology he would recommend to enterprises. Continue Reading

  • New year, new WAN: SD-WAN adoption takes off

    More and more enterprises are using software-defined networking principles in the wide area network, with industry experts predicting that SD-WAN adoption will skyrocket in 2017. In fact, some top analysts expect the market to grow as much as 90% every year for at least the next three years. In this edition of Network Evolution, we explore three diverse SD-WAN deployment stories to illustrate the growing trend and offer insight into how SD-WAN adoption plays out on the ground. These case studies examine the use of the technology in enterprises ranging from a garden equipment manufacturer to a major oil company, using products from three top vendors -- Cisco, Viptela and Cybera. If you're considering SD-WAN adoption in your wide area network, these real-world stories will offer valuable insight.

    Also in this issue, open source networking could open the door to even more big changes in the year ahead. One leading analyst says it's not a question of whether enterprises will ultimately use open source, but how.

    And finally, team messaging applications like Slack and HipChat make communicating easy, but they could also put enterprises at risk.

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