How Crucial is Control?

Control. It’s something humans gravitate toward in all walks of life. We want control of our finances, our kids, our relationships, our success, our futures. The list goes on.To what extent do you want control of what you can access...

Telepresence, VNOC Services Key to Keeping Connected

Sometimes it takes unfortunate events to truly value technology. The volcano in Iceland froze air travel in Europe in the past week, affecting people all over the world who wanted to get into or out of Europe.Several technologies...

Securing the Unknown

During our current round of interviews with enterprise IT folks, I have had the opportunity to discuss many aspects of the emerging virtualized enterprise. One of the most important changes is divorcing access from place: making the...

High-Definition Matters—and will Increase in Importance

When most little girls get birthday money, they want to run to the store and spend it on clothes, toys, dolls, or jewelry. Breaking from the norm as usual, my daughter decided to spend a large chunk of her 10th birthday money on...

SMBs Turn to Managed Services

It’s a challenging time for anyone responsible for providing IT services, regardless of company size. IT budgets have been slashed across the board. Business leaders are mandating that all groups tighten their budgets, requiring IT...

UC Support Options

Growing UC adoption creates a challenge for IT, as applications often exist in isolation, deployed and managed separately. Add end-users’ high expectations of application performance, regardless of where they work, when, or from...

Video Conferencing Interoperability a Goal

A slew of recent interoperability and cross-company video service announcements from Avaya, BT, Cisco, HP, LifeSize, Polycom, Reliance Globalcom, and Vidtel all serve to underscore the growing momentum behind expanding video...

Collaboration Improving Productivity

As the number of distributed locations continues to grow, often we’ll see the number of collaboration tools an organization deploys grow as well. More than half of Nemertes research participants are deploying applications, such as...

Framework for the Borderless Network

Cisco Systems has been touting the idea of “borderless” networking for several months now, and last week, the vendor put some substance behind the architecture.The product announcements aim to improve security and support for...

Cisco Borderless Announcement Highlights Security, Sustainability, Multimedia

The recent announcement by Cisco Systems of Cisco Borderless Access highlights enhancements to the company's switching portfolio that are aimed at improving security, sustainability, and support for multimedia applications. All three...

UC in Healthcare On the Rise

At last week’s HIMSS conference, both privately held Avaya and Cisco launched new healthcare-focused UC products to improve patient care, hospital operations, and expand the use of video conferencing for telemedicine. UC adoption in...

Video Integration Should be a Key Part of Your Strategy

The majority of companies are doing something with video conferencing, whether desktop, room-based, or fully immersive telepresence—or some combination of the three.So far, though, most companies are implementing these types of video...

Cloud Security is Top of Mind

At the annual security RSA Conference, the focus was all things cloud. Forget for a moment that definitions of "cloud" are still in flux, or that aside from SaaS, the adoption rate is still in the margin-of-error range (just 2% of...

Hosted VOIP Needs QoS

MegaPath, Inc. announced the release of its Duet hosted IP-PBX. The offering, aimed at SMBs (both single and multiple locations) is delivered over its fully managed MPLS Virtual Private Network (VPN). It includes either T1 or...

Microsoft Shifts Gears

While most of the excitement in the media surrounds the iPhone, there's still a large group of enterprises who have deployed Windows Mobile to their employees. But Microsoft has always struggled to gain marketshare and momentum...

Remember Security In Your Mobile Plans

Cisco announced AnyConnect Secure Mobility to provide encryption and authentication for a wide range of devices: Desktops, laptops, netbooks, smartphones and their operating systems. As an enhanced virtual private network (VPN),...

IT in Healthcare: Lagging or Innovating?

In the 1990s, I used to write practice management pieces for the American Medical News. Often, I explored ways information technology could make medical practices and healthcare, in general, more efficient.While interviewing...

Co-lo Highlights Power Density Issue

Verne Global is building a data center in Iceland to provide co-location services. Situating in Iceland provides a power cost of $0.04 per Kilowatt-hour – one-fourth to one-fifth the power cost in New York and London – and plenty of...

Salesforce.com's Chatter Underscores Growth of Social Computing

Salesforce.com launched a private beta of its “Chatter” social networking hosted service, giving customers the opportunity to leverage a private Facebook-style environment to collaborate. With Chatter, Salesforce enters the...

Number Crunching

We’re knee-deep in our latest round of research here at Nemertes, which mean we’re having fascinating, in-depth conversations with about 200 IT professionals on everything IT strategies on everything from virtualization to WANs to...

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