How to avoid ‘the biggest rip-off in networking’

How to avoid ‘the biggest rip-off in networking’

Gartner found companies overpay by 50% or more for optical receivers. Here’s how to avoid that.

10/09/2017

5 ways to get a better price on your next RFP

5 ways to get a better price on your next RFP

Follow these five steps in your RFP process to get the best prices on network equipment with the fewest hassles and headaches.

04/27/2017

Hyperconverged storage: Are your network and team up to the task?

Hyperconverged storage: Are your network and team up to the task?

The success of your hyperconverged infrastructure depends on whether your network can handle the traffic and if your storage and network experts work together.

03/27/2017

The future of networking: It’s in a white box

The future of networking: It’s in a white box

Thanks to the work of the Open Comute Project, white box switching has become a viable option over OEM networking equipment.

03/20/2017

Cost optimization gains ground in IT infrastructure decisions

Cost optimization gains ground in IT infrastructure decisions

Companies need to continually seek ways to optimize infrastructure costs. Now more than ever, they need to be nimble, efficient and smart.

02/02/2017

Get on the same page for network asset management

Get on the same page for network asset management

Asset management has a major impact on critical capex and opex decisions, which is why you need end-to-end visibility of all network assets.

12/14/2016

Creating a new network value equation

Creating a new network value equation

There are many shades of gray in OEM upgrade proclamations—as well as innumerable ways for CIOs to extract greater value from existing networks.

11/14/2016

80/20 rule of network equipment: Stay on budget and innovate

80/20 rule of network equipment: Stay on budget and innovate

If you have existing network equipment that is adequate for the functions at hand, extend their useful life and redirect that budget to innovations.

11/07/2016

Nurturing tomorrow’s techies STEMs from promoting technology in schools

To ensure schools can support STEM curriculums, technology companies need to increase involvement, such as partnering with educational institutions.

10/12/2016

Breathing New Life into the Catalyst 6500: The Evolution to the 6800

When Cisco first announced the end of life of the popular Classic Catalyst 6500 Series, many customers were left scratching their heads wondering, What now?After months of waiting, the answer comes in the form of the recently...

08/12/2013

Do you really need the Nexus 7000?

Since Cisco introduced the cutting-edge Nexus 7000 line in 2008, network engineers have constantly debated over the Nexus versus the Catalyst. Those who oversee Catalyst 6500-powered networks are happy with (and accustomed to) the...

02/05/2013

Cisco! The future is about footprint and the secondary market can help!

Cisco!  You know the future is all about footprint…  and we can help!Does Cisco understand the battle that it is just beginning to fight? With so many competitors nipping at the heels of its monopoly, now is the time for Cisco to...

04/26/2011

Why aren't Cisco software updates free?

When you purchase a Cisco router, say an 1841, you pay your $700 to your local VAR who orders it from Ingram Micro and delivers it to you within in a few weeks. A few months ago it was 15 weeks, but Cisco has dramatically improved...

11/04/2010

Confused by 10GbE optics modules?

Over the years of 10 gigabit Ethernet’s existence, there have been numerous different form factors and optics types introduced.  The oldest, XENPAKS, remain very popular as the install base is large, while the newest SFP+ offer a...

06/11/2010

Is the Force10 S60 the best "Top-of-rack" switch yet?

Force10 Networks has just announced their latest offering in the crowded field of "datacenter top-of-rack" switches.  Cisco has multiple offerings including the new 4948E (not to be confused with the older 4948-E which is a very...

06/04/2010

Why Cisco users need to know Tcl

The following is a guest post written by Jeff Hobbs (pictured), director of engineering for a company called ActiveState. ActiveState offers developer tools for writing, managing and distributing dynamic language scripts written in...

05/25/2010

Inline Power, POE or POE+ -- which do you need?

Cisco Inline Power, POE, and the new POE+While the IEEE was dragging its feet settling on 802.3af, Cisco and PowerDsine released their own lower power standards (3com used PowerDsine).  When the IEEE finally settled on its standard...

05/21/2010

CISCO1921 to replace the very popular 1841

The new CISCO1921 is a replacement for the very popular 1841 .  New licensing and software, (probably) better performance, support for new modules  – it dominates the 1841 and previous generations of branch office routers. The...

05/20/2010

Lead times continue to plague Cisco

Or, put another way, When a customer asks for POE, Cisco says… Sorry. Customer says… HP? (see http://www.networkworld.com/community/node/60059) There is no real end in sight for Cisco’s supply chain problems. Customers have been...

05/10/2010

HP taking aim squarely at Cisco – and its undervalued partners

Cisco has a vast partner network (some 60,000 worldwide, including 12,000 high-end Certified Partners) and this network accounts for more than 80 percent of Cisco’s product and services revenue ($28B in 2009).  Yet when you talk...

05/07/2010

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