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Enabling Business Agility and Digital Transformation at Speed with SD-WAN
With the increased use of cloud and digital services, the traditional wide area network (WAN) can no longer satisfy enterprise network requirements, such as on-demand scaling, centralized traffic management, immediate network visibility, and enhanced security. As a result, organizations are increasingly turning to software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) services to replace or support their existing network infrastructure. In this scenario, service providers play a pivotal role in helping companies implement and manage their SD-WAN services to transform their network infrastructure and drive the overall digital transformation agenda. These trends, and others, are covered in our SD-WAN Managed Services 2021-2022 RadarView™.
Network Infrastructure and Carrier Service Spending Benchmarks
Over the past four years, IT organizations have squeezed costs out of network carrier service fees to pay for substantial investments in network infrastructure. With the squeeze on carrier service providers potentially nearing an end, IT organizations need to ensure they are not overspending for carrier service or underspending on critical investments in network infrastructure. To help IT executives assess the adequacy of their network infrastructure and carrier service spending plans, this study provides metrics for carrier service and network infrastructure spending per user and as a percentage of the IT operational budget. Metrics are provided by sector and organization size. (14 pp., 8 figs.) [Research Byte]
Recession No Barrier to Adoption of Network Automation Tools
For many organizations the counts of routers, switches, and other network devices number in the thousands. Manual deployment is labor-intensive, costly, error-prone, and difficult to manage. In this study, we examine adoption trends for network support automation tools by organization size and sector. We also break down the key functions that network automation tools provide, as defined by the leading network management software vendors. (6 pp., 5 figs.)[Executive Summary]
Simplify to Reduce Costs
With the New Year upon us, many individuals are committing to personal resolutions to improve their life. Simplifying your IT environment can also achieve significant results, such as: reducing overall costs; improving the manageability and reliability of the environment; improving service levels and customer satisfaction; improving IT attitudes and reducing frustration; and allowing IT to focus on the areas critical to the business. What are ways to simplify your IT environment and achieve these benefits? Click here to purchase.
Open Source in the Enterprise
Today, more corporate enterprise IT organizations are making the decision to adopt open source technology as viable products emerge, and as executives face increased pressure to drive costs out of the IT side of the business. Further, a key to open source becoming a viable element of corporate IT strategy is the fact that an appropriate support infrastructure and business model has emerged. Open source software alternatives exist for practically every enterprise software infrastructure need. But is your business ready for open source technology? No doubt, there are opportunities and challenges. This article looks at some of the best practices for knowing when to adopt and when to avoid open source software, and offers some advice on setting corporate policies that will guide your employees on the use of open source software. Click here to purchase. - $99
Wireless Networking in the Enterprise
Wireless networks, more commonly referred to as Wi-Fi, are increasing both in quantity and performance. Selecting an effective approach for installing Wi-Fi within your company requires first understanding the options available and the trade-offs inherent in each. Wi-Fi remains an emerging technology, and some of the fundamental protocols are still under development. This immaturity does not necessarily imply great risk in developing a wireless network, but it does signal the need for caution in making choices. Click here to purchase. - $125 (USD)
Early Adopters Reap Benefits as Voice over IP Gains Momentum
The rollout of Voice over IP will hit high speed during 2004. The rationale for all this activity is that VoIP users save money by avoiding long distance access charges and government dictated taxes. The ROI received by most of the users points toward its financially soundness, while the TCO indicates that unexpected expenses are unusual. Click here to purchase. - $150 (USD)
Start 2004 with a Sound Foundation for Enterprise Security
The new year means that IT managers will be applying new budgets toward solving all of the problems inherent in operating their systems. Although security spending represents a relatively small portion of the budget, careful application of those funds is essential in protecting both information and infrastructure. Computer Economics forecasts that about half of all organizations will be hit by at least one security attack during this year.
Outsourcing of Network Management Receives Mixed Review
Network Management is one of the most critical functions performed by the IT organization. Because of the dependency organizations now have on their network infrastructures, providing a consistently high level of service in this area is an absolute must.
Aberdeen: New Poster Child for Sloppy Research? (1Q03)
A recent study, which shows Linux and other open source software suppliers have more security problems than Microsoft, has serious flaws.
E-Commerce and Computer Network Data from the U.S. Census Bureau (October 2002)
The latest data estimates retail e-commerce sales for 1Q02 at $9.849 billion, an increase of 19.3% from 1Q01.
IT Contract and Consulting Providers Receive Mediocre Report Cards
A newly released study conducted by Computer Economics indicates that most end user organizations do not feel their contract and consulting service providers are delivering as high a quality of service as they would like.