I’ve been thinking a lot lately about evolution. Not the Darwinian type, nor even the evolution of business (such a common theme today among business strategists), but rather about the evolution of the market — and most specifically about the changing demands of the market as its choices become richer and more varied in the face of remarkable technological change.
Since 1876, when Alexander Graham Bell spilled a beaker of hydrochloric acid into his lap, causing him to call out to his colleague, “Come here Watson, I need you,” thus starting the communications revolution that would change the world (Watson unexpectedly heard Bell’s voice through the speaker on the device they had invented), telephone companies have prided themselves on the quality of the service they have offered to their customers.
Your small business depends on data—coming in and out of your network. You need to make sure your most important data reaches its destination. That’s where quality of service (QoS) can help. A feature found in many switches, QoS gives you the ability to assign different priority levels to different kinds of network traffic. For example, if you’re running voice over your IP network, assigning that traffic a higher priority ensures that calls get through and that call quality isn’t affected by other traffic on the network.
Learn more about QoS and what it means for your business from Jimmy Ray Purser.
Today, Cisco came out with a new wireless VPN firewall specifically designed for the smallest of small businesses. In fact, the router is built for offices with one to five people that need remote access on a secure connection. The new router has what we call “business class” performance without the complexity often found in larger-scale products. Since the Cisco RV110W is designed with the “do-it-yourselfer” in mind, it’s very easy to use, and at $99 it’s affordable, even for extremely small companies.
It’s easy to set up, and requires no IT resources. You just plug it into the network. Partners can put it in place quickly so that you can stay focused on your business and not lose any time. The four-port switch that is integrated into the product lets you connect securely to computers, printers, IP phones, cameras, and other devices. It works on both Windows and Mac OS-X for remote access to data anytime, anywhere. Also, the high-speed, wireless-N access points give you a faster file transfer time, which increases performance and the coverage area, helping employees to stay productive even if they are not at their desks.
We know that Communication Service Providers (CSPs) require more robust assurance capabilities to manage complex technology and services that span multiple domains. Operators need to have visibility of multiple network elements in order to enable them to manage the end-to-end quality of real-time services. Register now to learn how performance management can improve quality of service and increase operational efficiency.
There is a debate raging in the IT industry about the role of the network.
In the same week that a gaming company’s network was hacked and the personal information of 60 million customers was leaked, there is a debate raging about whether the network matters.
In the same moment that the iPad is being adopted by 65% of the Fortune 100 — obliterating conventional wisdom about how corporate networks support consumer devices and mobility —there is a debate raging about whether the network matters.
On one side we have newcomers to the networking industry and some industry commentators who believe that the value of a network should be determined only by the cost of its components. They argue that customers should focus squarely on acquisition cost, not the value of their network assets. They argue that customers should focus on capital cost, not network capability and innovation. They believe the network has become a utility; that ‘good’ is good enough.
We all understand that negotiating the best price for goods and services always makes good business sense. But this debate is about more than that.
The debate is about making a choice between a tactical network where getting the lowest possible price up front is paramount – and a strategic network investment that enables customers to adapt quickly to new business imperatives and to handle the increased demands on their business.