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  • 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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  • Major league IoT platforms: Eight giants to watch

    When it comes to IoT platforms, it's an all-out race for tech vendors. Take a look at the largest companies' IoT efforts by market capitalization. Continue Reading

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  • 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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  • Cisco IWAN architecture case study: Manufacturer embraces SD-WAN

    MTD Products credits the Cisco IWAN architecture with cutting costs and improving performance in the wide area network, ultimately leading to an increase in employee productivity. Continue Reading

  • Rounding up orchestration services on the market and what they offer

    IT professionals have many options in orchestration services in terms of capabilities, compatibility, integration and cost. These vendors are diverse in what they offer. Continue Reading

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  • Networked cloud emerges to meet evolving infrastructure needs

    Some enterprise network managers are beginning to move networking out to the cloud, as they sort out how to best meet their organizations' evolving infrastructure needs. Continue Reading

  • In virtualized environments, importance of hardware remains

    It's tempting to get swept up in the hype around software-defined everything and cloud mania, but even in virtualized environments, networking hardware is still critical. Continue Reading

  • Physical network gear isn't going anywhere

    For decades, hardware has reigned as king in the network, but the deluge of hype surrounding cloud, virtualization and software-defined networking has some asking how long physical network gear can hold on to its crown.

    As we see in this edition of Network Evolution, however, even in today's software-defined and virtualized networks, hardware still has a firm foothold. Virtual overlays need hardware underlays; SDN fabrics require network gear; physical switches handle east-west traffic and physical routers connect data centers to the outside world.

    Yes, the role of physical network gear is evolving in the SDN era, but it won't disappear anytime soon. Find out how early adopters are using hardware in their virtual environments.

    Also in this issue, learn why content delivery network services have become more affordable, with a plethora of new options available to meet a wide variety of needs. Even some small and midsize enterprises now find CDN services -- once prohibitively expensive for all but the titans of media -- within their reach. Find out how such organizations have already put them to good use.

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