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Unreliable corporate wireless connectivity? Meet shared spectrum

Unreliable corporate wireless connectivity? Meet shared spectrum

Networking

Remember when you first experienced wireless Internet? If you’re like me, there was a certain feeling of, well, magic. No wires, no chords, yet with your laptop you could read the news while catching up on email – at your desk, on the couch, at the café. Anywhere, really. It was all so liberating. Except for the inconsistent connectivity. Fast forward to 2021 and those nagging wireless issues seem so far in the past. Yet…  MORE

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In 1983, much of the world was introduced to the idea of computer hacking via the film War Games. I clearly recall being enthralled with the tale of high school kid David Lightman (played by a very young Matthew Broderick), who almost starts a nuclear war with his computer hacking skills. At the time, the story felt like science fiction – there’s no way that could actually happen. But with a world now connected by…  MORE

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The combination of cloud computing and streaming media is meeting the on-demand content needs of today’s users. That’s why network performance is so critical. Providers not only require networks that supply high levels of uptime, those networks must also be built with latency considerations in mind. Until recently, this has been a challenge, especially when attempting to provide low latency services to markets that lack the proper infrastructure for high-performance networking. Fortunately, edge computing solves this…  MORE

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Every business unit thinks they should own every decision related to their function. There’s a lot of truth to that opinion. Marketing, sales, accounting – they’re all experts in their specific field. But sometimes decisions have to be made in context of larger goals. You have to bring in other perspectives. This is often the case with IT decisions. Sometimes, the IT department shouldn’t make every choice. Here’s why: Set realistic expectations You can’t determine…  MORE

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In a world of increasing acronyms and constant predictions, it’s easy to become skeptical about the latest technology. That’s how many felt about Software-Defined Networking (SDN) just a few years ago. The tide, of course, turned when industries realized how SDN can reduce costs and boost revenue streams. And even though SDN is being deployed in data centers and enterprises around the world, the cream is still rising to the top. IDC predicts the SDN…  MORE

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We all understand that technology constantly changes. Interestingly, it’s not only that old tools get swapped for new ones, it’s that our initial perceptions of, and uses for, a specific technology evolve as well. Take SD-WAN. When we first became aware of SD-WAN, it was considered as a smart replacement for legacy WAN solutions. Think of MPLS and you’ll understand where I’m going. But this approach has shifted with the rise of enterprise-level digital transformation….  MORE

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In the world of telecommunications, you tend to see a lot of predictions. Some never match expectations, while others eventually live up to the hype. The latter is the case for Software-Defined Networking (SDN). Many companies are beginning to see the value of this networking architecture technology. For those of you not completely familiar, SDN facilitates network management and enables programmatically efficient network configuration in order to improve network performance and monitoring. SDN addresses the…  MORE

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There are so many web sites and news sources about telcos these days, it can be hard to know where to focus. For example, with all the stories about 5G, NFV/SDN and IoT devices, you may believe those are the areas that should be priorities. That may be the reality for some network operators, but many are still devoting the bulk of their time to their legacy TDM-based assets. It’s something they can’t overlook, since…  MORE

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