Using 10G to alleviate the network pressures of IoT connected devices

02 July 2017

Richard Jonker, VP of SMB product line, Netgear

Richard Jonker, VP of SMB product line, Netgear

Businesses must embrace new technologies to remain agile in a competitive environment, and make the move to 10G connectivity to support their increasingly burdened networks.

The Internet of Things is making its mark throughout the enterprise landscape.

Although IoT may be more familiar to larger organisations, it will eventually touch and permeate throughout the supply chain, of which SMBs are a main contributor.

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The Microsoft Cloud: lured, locked-in and loaded up with a price rise

01 July 2017

Rahiel Nasir, editorial director, Networking+

Rahiel Nasir, editorial director, Networking+

Despite extolling the virtues of cloud for many years now, it wasn’t until 2016 that we decided to migrate after our 10-year-old in-house server finally gave up the ghost.

Fast forward 12 months and our publisher has just been hit with a renewal notice for Microsoft 365 services with prices jacked up by 21 per cent. No explanation.

A call to the software giant’s customer services centre proved even more infuriating. The sales department could not account for the rise and suggested we speak to someone in retention.

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Four hidden infrastructure costs for the SMB

30 June 2017

Johan Pellicaan, MD EMEA, Scale Computing

Johan Pellicaan, MD EMEA, Scale Computing

Small and medium-sized organisations require fault tolerance, high availability, mobility, and flexibility as much as larger enterprises. Unfortunately, the complexity of traditional data centre and virtualisation architecture can hit the SMB the hardest. Here are four of the hidden costs:

Training and expertise: setting-up a standard virtualised infrastructure can be complex; it requires server virtualisation, networking and storage expertise. In the SMB data centre with smaller teams and limited budgets, expertise can be harder to come by. Self-led training and research can take costly hours and admins may only have time to achieve a minimum level of expertise to maintain an infrastructure. 

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How future ready networks will enable the digital enterprise

10 May 2017

By Mark Bennett, Head of Global Fixed Connectivity Products, Vodafone

By Mark Bennett, Head of Global Fixed Connectivity Products, Vodafone

Vodafone predicts it will take up to 10 years for SDN and NFV to become the norm, but there are benefits to adopting your next-generation network strategy now

SDN (Software Defined Network) is automating and simplifying the configuration of networks in order to meet the application performance and user experience requirements of the enterprise. This enables networks to more be more agile, efficient and secure, which is especially critical to meet the real time demands of cloud services, digitisation and mobility.

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Software defined networking and network function virtualisation

05 May 2017

By Graham Lloyd, Head of Fixed Connectivity Product Development, Vodafone

By Graham Lloyd, Head of Fixed Connectivity Product Development, Vodafone

Exploring the opportunities and understanding what needs to be considered

Network technology is evolving and over the next few years we'll see Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualisation (NFV) become far more commonplace. Although the basic technologies have been around for some time, we are only now seeing maturing, standardised products in the marketplace. 

SDN and NFV are quite different technologies but are related by significant common principles. Today, the Wide Area Network (WAN) is a closed and static environment. While improvements have been made in automating capabilities over the years, general management and delivery is still very much a manual process delivered through individual node Command Line Interfaces. 

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