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Cisco Networkers’ buying preferences vary If given a checkbook to buy their dream technology, network professionals have a long wish list. In a survey of more than 1,100 attendees of the Cisco Networkers 2006 user conference, dream buying preferences varied wildly.Among the survey’s questions, respondents were asked:”If you were handed your organization’s IT check book, what are the dream technology/applications that you would purchase?”Some wanted mainstays.”I would purchase Catalyst 6500 for a campus network,” said one conference goer. “Deploying CRS1 in our core,” another answered as his dream buy.Many others said would seek out IP-based technologies.”œThe network and telecom infrastructure is currently undergoing a major facelift, but I would like to see internal multimedia provisions for training and video conferencing,” said one conference attendee.Another listed his picks as follows:”Given a choice and freedom, WiMax, WiFi, mesh technology and almost anything-over-IP shall be my priorities as I believe that these will be the prime movers in wireless technologies for the times to come and they will have tremendous business impact.”One respondent listed technologies to fit his geographically dispersed organization:”Multipoint video conferencing; MeetingPlace Enterprise, and wireless LAN controllers and access points throughout our company’s 30 locations,” the respondent said.Others shared issues that very often concern network administrators.”If we had the money, we would replace all network equipment older than 5 years,” one respondent said.Another conference goer dared to dream big and imagined great results from new technologies.”I would invest more in the tools to connect the minds of science and technology to further build the collaboration fields offerings to meet their requirements for distance learning, experiment controls, knowledge storage and retrieval,” the attendee said.

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