Interop 2012 and the Future of Network Technology

This is a guest blog post from Jim Rapoza of Aberdeen Group.

Interop 2012 in Las Vegas, with a focus on trends and technologies that will change the future of networks and the applications that run on them, was easily one of the most interesting in recent memory.

As was predicted in Mindy Powers’ pre-Interop blog, there was much focus on key emerging technologies such as cloud computing; mobile applications and devices, including the “Bring Your Own Device: trend;  and the need to understand and secure these technologies. However, of special interest to me was the focus that many products and vendors gave to these and other network technologies.

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Quiz: What’s Your Network Management Style?

Network management is a complex job that requires the time and abilities of skilled IT professionals. Some enterprises take on the responsibility alone, and others rely on third-party providers to handle networking needs. Some use a combination of both. Take this quiz to find out your IT efficiency—and learn how you can get the most out of your resources and provider.

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Are You Ready for Interop 2012?

Reservations have been made and plans for networking are being finalized. But the real question is: have you downloaded CenturyLink’s “get pumped for Interop” playlist?

As we get ready to make the trek to Las Vegas for Interop, we suggest getting familiar with the hot topics and sessions at the event. What can you expect?

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Survey Says: Benefits of Network Management

In our last post, we talked about how network management has become an attractive option for IT. With support and maintenance of network infrastructure costing enterprises significant time and money, IT departments increasingly are considering using third-party providers for these services. These IT departments are seeing benefits such as improved operational performance and better allocation of internal IT resources. CenturyLink surveyed more than 1,000 IT decision-makers across a broad range of industries and locations in the U.S. to gain insight into their network management preferences.

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Can You Let Go? Network Management Becomes Attractive Option for IT

Managing an organization’s IT infrastructure includes a multitude of complex services, all with the underlying goal of benefiting business. So what happens when one service increasingly eats up time and money, shrinking resources for new development?

Business can suffer.

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Weathering the Storm: Can Banks Regain Customer Trust?

This is the third installment of a three-part series on banking industry trends.

In the last few months, we’ve talked about some key trends impacting banks and their customers. Overwhelmingly, consumers are demanding better access to their bank accounts and at the same time, banks are struggling with increasing security risks. By upgrading their infrastructures, banks are meeting customer demands with new features like text alerts and mobile deposits while providing better security. It’s clear that consumers are driving big changes in banking and it’s exciting to see what’s next.

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Ethernet and Cloud: A Perfect Partnership?

With cloud computing on the minds of CIOs, we are seeing a recurring question come up in our discussions with our largest customers: Can cloud computing really address the needs of large enterprises?

In many cases, large companies are wary of cloud due to the lack of QoS and SLAs they’ve become accustomed to. In fact, it was for these very reasons businesses turned to Ethernet. With so much invested in Ethernet (from the customer and carrier sides) the question now becomes: Can Ethernet support the demands of cloud?

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Got WiFi? User Expectations Drive New Challenges

Our wireless devices appear to be multiplying. It used to be we couldn’t leave home without our smart phones. But now? Now it’s a bit out of control. Not only do we have our phones, but how many of us find ourselves toting our laptops and tablets everywhere we go? That’s three devices per person.

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