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The right call: Choosing the best VoIP telephone for your needs
The VoIP telephone may not be the most glamorous member of the office, but in many businesses, its absence would be sorely felt. Despite the rise of mobile devices in the enterprise, many IT managers still depend on IP telephony's reliability, functionality and call quality. In fact, some analysts estimate that around 90% of enterprises have a VoIP telephone deployed in at least one site.
But with a plethora of models and features to consider, choosing a VoIP telephone that rings true to organizational needs can pose an overwhelming challenge for IT decision makers. This issue of Network Evolution is here to help, with IP telephony insight, advice and anecdotes from IT pros.
Also in this issue, learn why many businesses with international partners, employees or customers would be wise to consider just how much of their data travels over undersea cables -- and what would happen to that traffic in the event of a major submarine fiber outage. We also take a look at how some organizations are having their software-defined cake and eating it too, deploying Cisco ACI and VMware NSX in the same networks.
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Features in this issue
With hundreds of models and countless features to choose from, picking the right IP phone can be a challenge. Here's what IT managers need to know before they make the call.
Subsea cabling is out of sight, but it shouldn't be out of mind. Many organizations don't realize just how dependent they are on underwater fiber to stay online and in business.
After years at a provider -- where she helped install cell towers during the 3G-to-4G transition -- an Army-trained network engineer tackles a new challenge in the enterprise: SDN.
Baystate Health and Sugar Creek Packing give Cisco and VMware SDN software separate chores in data center networks.
SearchNetworking's latest Network Innovation Award winner uses cloud-optimized routing to speed up internet performance, working like Waze or Google Maps for networks.
Columns in this issue
In the age of Snapchat and Slack, IP phones don't get much buzz … but that doesn't mean they've retired. In fact, many businesses rely on them now more than ever.
Understanding your network is critical, and end-to-end visibility is the key to accessing the full potential of hybrid IT.