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Linux has long been the basis of commercial
networking devices, but is becoming more
prevalent on its own in enterprise infrastructure

Linux is a tried-and-true, open source operating system released in 1991 for computers, but its use has expanded to underpin systems for cars, phones, web-servers and, more recently, networking gear.

It’s longevity, maturity and security make it one of the most trusted OSes available today, meaning it is ideal for commercial network devices as well as enterprises that want to use it and its peripherals to customize their own network and data center infrastructure.

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Program gives Internet telephony service providers the
ability to offer subscribers the option of swapping out,
canceling, or returning their IP phones without penalty.

The rise of the cloud as a preferred application delivery model has been well documented over the past several years. The cloud has grown in popularity because it creates choice and emphasizes flexibility, which is the opposite of the old IT model that had businesses locked into certain communications technology for up to a decade or more. For example, UCaaS lets buyers pick and choose the services they want, decide who they want to deliver them to, and pay for what they use on a monthly basis.

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Guest Wi-Fi is a critical component of the digital experience
for many companies. Follow these tips to ensure access to
yours is a simple and secure—and doesn’t frustrate users.

My kids use the expression “easy, peasy” to describes something that is super simple. For example, I might ask my youngest child, “How was your math test?” And because high school math is beyond simple, he would respond, “Easy, peasy.” In life, there are things that should be easy, but we often overcomplicate them.

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Infinity Fusion becomes first video interoperability
software to earn Microsoft’s stamp of approval.

Cloud has perhaps been the greatest driver of change in the communication industry ever. This force is so strong that one of the biggest on-premises suppliers, Microsoft, has been aggressively pushing its cloud solution, Skype for Business Online, which is part of the broader Office 365 cloud suite. It’s safe to say the cloud era has arrived, and it’s here to stay.

However, the cloud isn’t right for everyone. Many businesses, particularly large enterprises, prefer on-premises solutions, like Skype for Business Server, for reasons such as control and security. Geographic reach is another issue — since no UCaaS provider offers services everywhere around the globe, any large, multinational enterprise that wants to have a consistent set of features everywhere has to roll its own solution. For these reasons, on-premises UC platforms aren’t likely to go away any time soon.

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By employing a network packet broker, tool can handle
decryption/encryption without negatively impacting performance.

Instead of turning a blind eye (literally) to the traffic or overburdening critical tools, Ixia’s Active SSL feature lets a network packet broker handle the decrypt/encrypt process without negatively impacting performance.

The job of a network manager is really hard and continues to get harder. Complexity has increased, new devices are connected at an alarming rate, and shadow IT has run amok in most companies. However, no trend has made the network manager’s life more challenging than the rise of encrypted traffic.

Encryption is the ultimate Catch-22. At first it seems like a great idea in that SSL hides traffic from the bad guys. But then you quickly realize it enables those same hackers to hide threats from the monitoring and security tools that network managers rely on to manage and protect the network.

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Nyansa uses analytics algorithms, cloud computing and
machine learning to measure every end-user network
transaction, providing proactive problem detection

The concept of user performance management (UPM) is easy to understand but very difficult to implement. The Holy Grail of UPM would be a single, unified dashboard where IT operations would be able to “see” the status of every user. If a website were taking too long to load or an application were performing poorly, the operations staff could click on that user and immediately see where the problem is. 

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