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Where the Cloud Touches Down: Simplifying Data Center Infrastructure Management

Thursday, July 25, 2013
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In most data centers, DCIM rests on a shaky foundation of manual record keeping and scattered documentation. OpManager replaces data center documentation with a single repository for data, QRCodes for asset tracking, accurate 3D mapping of asset locations, and a configuration management database (CMDB). In this webcast, sponsored by ManageEngine, you will see how a real-world datacenter mapping stored in racktables gets imported into OpManager, which then provides a 3D visualization of where assets actually are. You'll also see how the QR Code generator helps you make the link between real assets and the monitoring world, and how the layered CMDB provides a single point of view for all your configuration data.

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Thursday, August 8, 2013
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This webinar will help attendees understand the overall concept of SDN and its benefits, describe the different conceptual approaches to SDN, and examine the various technologies, both proprietary and open source, that are emerging. It will also help users decide whether SDN makes sense in their environment, and outline the first steps IT can take for testing SDN technologies.

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Today's employees have a variety of methods for interacting with coworkers, business partners and customers, including voice, IM, e-mail and video. They can also use a variety of devices, including VoIP phones, laptops with Webcams, and smartphones and tablets. Unified communications aims to integrate all these tools into a comprehensive platform for seamless interactivity. Unified communications are also becoming tied in to collaboration and enterprise social networking systems. Our Unified Communications Tech Center delivers best practices, examines new products, and shares strategies to help you make the most of UC.


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RCS, WebRTC Will Unlock Mobile UC Potential

February 11, 2013 03:44 PM
Posted by Michael Finneran

New standards such as RCS and WebRTC aim to bring unified communications (UC) capabilities to browsers and mobile devices, which may open a new competitive front for enterprise UC providers.

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Tags: RCS, WebRTC, unified communications, mobile carriers, browsers

Channel: UC & VoIP, Wireless


Open Spectrum Does Not Mean Free Internet

February 06, 2013 10:50 AM
Posted by Larry Seltzer

There's a common misconception that a plan to open up more unlicensed, unmanaged spectrum will mean free Wi-Fi for all. Expect a lot of wonderful things, including competition for cellular carriers, but not for free.

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Tags: FCC, spectrum, Wi-Fi, Google, Wireless Philadelphia

Channel: Cloud Computing, Networking & Mgmt, UC & VoIP, Public Cloud


Open Compute's Trickle-Down Tech

February 06, 2013 09:14 AM
Posted by Howard Marks

Open Compute's goal of open source hardware sounds democratic, but the initiative targets big-budget service providers and Web brands whose needs are different from everyday enterprises. The greatest impact of Open Compute will be felt by the leading server manufacturers--and it won't be good.

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Tags: Open Compute, Facebook, Open Rack, servers, storage, Dell, HP, IBM

Channel: Green Computing, Servers & Storage, Private Cloud, Public Cloud


Facebook, Google Encroach On Enterprise UC

January 24, 2013 03:28 PM
Posted by Michael Finneran

Facebook and Google are rolling out services that rival enterprise unified communications platforms. Vendors should beware.

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Tags: Facebook, Google, VoIP, UC, unified communications

Channel: Cloud Computing, UC & VoIP, Wireless


Are Big UC Vendors Missing SMB Opportunities?

January 11, 2013 04:58 PM
Posted by Michael Finneran

Unified communications vendors typically target enterprise customers, but more than half of private-sector jobs are in small and midsize businesses. Are UC vendors ignoring a potential customer pool?

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Tags: UC&C, unified communications, small and medium business, cloud computing

Channel: Cloud Computing, Data Center, UC & VoIP


Unified Communications in 2013

December 28, 2012 10:51 PM
Posted by Michael Finneran

Where will UC take us in 2013? Here are insights from several analysts who forecast deeper integration of UC and applications, the end of voice as a separate market, and more.

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Tags: UC, unified communications, integration, federation, BYOD

Channel: UC & VoIP, Wireless

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