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How WAN Enables Videoconferencing Adoption and Success

Videoconferencing is still catching on with enterprise level businesses, but research only indicates the continued growth and popularity of video in corporate environments. In fact, video is expected to consume 80 percent of all traffic by 2019, according to Cisco’s VNI Global IP Traffic Forecast. Given this upward trend, it is more important than ever to discuss with enterprise customers how connectivity plays a role in the success of videoconferencing adoption. Businesses need a dependable and fast WAN connection to ensure the quality and usability of videoconferencing tools. Here are some top ways in which WAN enables better videoconferencing: PerformancePerformance is...
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Need a Reason to Switch to SIP? We'll Give you Five.

Now's the time to create key opportunities for your network. Today's service providers seek seamless ways to get more out of existing technology investments while integrating leading-edge IP capabilities.  SIP is often associated with its ability to lift the burden of fixed channel allocation  But what other benefits do these trunks offer? Review the points below to learn the key advantages your business will gain by switching to SIP. 1.  Cost Savings SIP trunks help organizations reduce costs by supporting the convergence of separate voice and data networks.  This consolidates operational support staff, reducing equipment needs and enabling the purchase of...
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Enterprise Security and WAN: Best Practices

Businesses are increasingly concerned with network security, and there is a growing opportunity and demand for more advanced technology to secure networks. WAN continues to be a top choice for businesses looking for a fast and flexible Internet connectivity option, but decision-makers and stakeholders may have questions about WAN security. Fortunately, there are multiple technologies available to help ensure that WAN connections remain fast, functional, and secure. Top Network Security Concerns Current and prospective WAN users may have questions regarding data security, access, and integration, such as:     • Is data transmitted over the network secure?      • Is the...
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Exploring the Promise of SD-WAN

Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) has served the computing world well. However, enterprises are looking for ways to reduce bandwidth, latency, and utilization costs while holding on to the control found in current setups. Wide Area Network (WAN) connectivity is challenging enough, but the cloud and mobility are adding to the pressure on IT professionals. The legacy boundaries of enterprises no longer exist, triggering drastic changes to traditional WAN optimization and giving rise to a new playing field: the Software-defined WAN (SD-WAN). What is stirring the SD-WAN wave? Flexibility and reduced costs are just about the primary drivers of the SD-WAN wave....
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Service Provider as a Channel (SPaaC)

Craig’s View: Service Provider as a Channel (SPaaC) As the cloud becomes more pervasive in today’s IT environment, new business models are forming – which of course bring on new acronyms!  My latest, “SPaaC”, describes how Service Providers are becoming more ‘front and center’ in the Solution Provider community.  In fact, several of the largest Solutions Provider Partners in the channel like Presidio, Dimension Data and Logicalis are creating special practices to embrace the Service Provider model. This is indicative of the changing landscape from product to service orientation and will create a morphing of balance sheet models and roles and...
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