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Can You Rely on a “Good-Enough” Network?

April 27, 2011
at 11:37 am PST

Yesterday, I blogged about the “good-enough” network. You know, it’s a network that just good enough to send out a quick email or watch a video, but not quite fast or reliable enough to do everything you need.

It may be easier to think of the good-enough network in terms of other areas of your life where good enough just doesn’t cut it.

For instance, a 19-inch tube TV is certainly good enough for watching reruns of “Magnum P.I.,” but not for watching the big game.

Or using SPF 5 sunscreen may be good enough, but SPF 30 is a way better option if you want to avoid a sunburn.

Just imagine if your customers settled for a good-enough network? It may go something like this:

What are the seven myths about the good-enough network?

1. The Application and Endpoint Ignorant Myth: Good Enough Networks typically operate on the notion that data is data—all just ones and zeroes. More sophisticated next generation networks are built on innovative products that adjust to the application being delivered and the endpoint device on which it appears.

2. Basic QoS Myth: If a company has no plans for video applications or rolling out virtual desktops, a Good Enough Network and basic QoS may suffice. If, however, the business wants to take advantage of voice, video or mission critical applications then they need to invest in the QoS capabilities available in an Enterprise Next-Generation Network.

3. Single Purpose Myth: Customers investing in networks for a single purpose are missing opportunities to use the power of the network to improve carbon footprint, save energy costs, and provide unified management for wired and wireless networks.

4. Basic Warranty Myth: Service contracts and warranties are not created equal. You usually get what you pay for. Unfortunately, you never realize how good a service contract is until you need it. Be prepared and look at the fine print.

Head over to Mike’s original blog entry “The Seven Myths of the Good Enough Network” to find out about the three other myths.

What are some of the good-enough scenarios that you can think of? And what are things you just won’t compromise on?

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