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Which Switch Is Right for Your Small Business?

Learn the difference between managed and unmanaged switches to choose the best device for your business I talked briefly about the advantages of managed switches for your small business network, but in this post I’ll give you more information about both managed and unmanaged switches, so you can decide which is best for your company. The nuts and bolts of a managed switch A managed switch, such as the Cisco 300 Series lets you prioritize th…


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New Citrix and Cisco Desktop Virtualization Equals Really Really Smart Networks

Imagine your customers’ network. Now imagine that your customers’ network is smart. Really smart. What would it do? So maybe it wouldn’t make coffee, take out the trash, or answer the phone. But what if workers could each have their operating systems follow them wherever they went and from any combination of PCs, Macs, laptops, thin clients, and smartphones? They could log in via any computer and their data would essentially travel to…


Five Key Considerations for SMBs Interested in Telepresence

By now many of us are aware of some of the benefits that telepresence and video conferencing can deliver to the enterprise – reduce travel, connect a geographically dispersed workforce and scale expertise. You might be surprised to learn that there is a business segment that can actually reap even greater benefits from telepresence: Small and Medium Businesses (SMBs).  SMBs were hit particularly hard by the financial crisis and are still recover…


Why Cisco Supports Standards for Interoperable MPLS

…rom MPLS OAM. The bottom line is that T-MPLS is not interoperable with MPLS and will create an expensive lack of interoperability between the T-MPLS domains and MPLS domains. A key reason for the joint working group to terminate work on T-MPLS in 2008 was to ensure OAM alignment with MPLS. This would ensure a single OAM infrastructure — protecting investments and promoting interoperability. To make matters worse, some customers have told me that…


The Long-Awaited Video-Centric Collaboration Boom: Why This Time it Really is Different (Part 2 of 3)

In part one of my three-part series I discussed the growing ubiquity of unified communications and collaboration as the first of four major growth drivers for the long-awaited video-centric collaboration boom. In this post I will discuss the next two growth drivers: The Increasing Role of Service Providers in Video Delivery and Changing User Habits and Expectations: 2) The Increasing Role of Service Providers in Video Delivery Up until recentl…