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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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.

How to avoid the network-as-a-service shell game

How to avoid the network-as-a-service shell game

NaaS might thrill CFOs trying to keep costs down, but a careful look is warranted to make sure the potential benefits are really there.

Microsoft’s Nuance deal might trigger a new IT spending wave

Microsoft’s Nuance deal might trigger a new IT spending wave

In Microsoft’s hands, Nuance’s Dragon speech-to-text technology plus AI could turn Cortana into an assistant that figures out what you’re up to and delivers data you need before you ask.

Will open networking lock you in?

Will open networking lock you in?

While open networking may sound like it’s made up of interoperating parts that make for greater flexibility, it’s more difficult to achieve than you might think.

5G: Time to get real about what it will be used for

5G: Time to get real about what it will be used for

Hype around 5G suggests it will prompt revolutionary changes in what wireless is used for, but it’s success will be providing better answers to existing problems.

SD-WAN may be the key to smart network services

SD-WAN may be the key to smart network services

Managed SD-WAN devices at the edge could be how network operators personalize services for enterprises.

Economic crisis threatens networking growth

The beginning of a new year normally is a time to reflect; it's all the more so when the network industry is facing (along with the rest of the economy) a major financial crisis. 

Can networking get real?

If you looked recently at the companies started by venture capitalists and touted as the "next Cisco" or "next Google," you know the meaning of the term "bad ending."

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