Tom Nolle

Tom Nolle is president of CIMI Corporation, a strategic consulting firm located in Voorhees, New Jersey. He has been consulted on projects in banking, healthcare, transportation, manufacturing, and publishing; helped develop network standards; and consults on everything from LANs to satellite communications. Tom is know for a breezy style of speaking and writing, a dedication to the truth, and his "Southern Man" hat!

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Wacky as Facebook’s metaverse sounds, enterprises will have to deal with it

Wacky as Facebook’s metaverse sounds, enterprises will have to deal with it

Like it or not, as workers come to expect metaverse communications, enterprises networks will have to support it, so IT pros need to start planning now to fight its biggest enemy: latency.

4 questions that get the answers you need from IT vendors

4 questions that get the answers you need from IT vendors

It’s hard to set priorities for buying IT technology when vendors poorly explain what they do, how they do it, and what the concrete benefits are. Asking them these four questions can break the information logjam.

The search for the optimum network: Don’t let IT vendors sell you on lock-in

The search for the optimum network: Don’t let IT vendors sell you on lock-in

In enterprise networks, best-of-breed may be a good choice, but what does ‘best’ mean?

Tailoring SD-WAN to fit your needs

Tailoring SD-WAN to fit your needs

SD-WAN overhead, on ramps, off ramps, and security are variable and must be chosen carefully to satisfy your requirements.

Private 5G: Tips on how to implement it, from enterprises that already have

Private 5G: Tips on how to implement it, from enterprises that already have

If you’re considering private 5G for an IoT project, you’ll need to learn a lot, choose between white-box switches and servers, and maybe decide that Wi-Fi 6 is a better idea.

Are enterprises loving managed services?

Are enterprises loving managed services?

Netops specialists are hard to find, and Cisco, Extreme, and Juniper are among those trying to fill the void with managed services.

Is your network AI as smart as you think?

Is your network AI as smart as you think?

Network-operations types tell me that, in the future, AI is going to manage their networks. They also tell me that their vendors told them that very same thing. The good news is that’s sort-of-true. The bad news is the same; with...

Hybrid cloud success: 5 things to forget about, 4 things to remember

Hybrid cloud success: 5 things to forget about, 4 things to remember

Prepping for hybrid cloud relies on essentials like developing in-house expertise and careful analysis that proves out what the cost benefits will be.

White boxes in the enterprise: Why it’s not crazy

White boxes in the enterprise: Why it’s not crazy

Integrating white-box switches and routers into business networks has its challenges, but properly scaled and vetted deployments can save money.

Sparking the next cycle of IT spending

Sparking the next cycle of IT spending

Who, in the entire IT space, wouldn’t like to see an uptick in tech spending? Enterprises would see new purchases easier to make, vendors would make more money, and technologists in general would have a new sense of excitement and...

Why the cloud will never eat the data center

Why the cloud will never eat the data center

Even if traditional data-center tasks are all moved to the cloud, there will still be a need for on-site infrastructure that will ultimately require what looks like a traditional data center.

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