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Can you hear me now? How the IP telephone makes the enterprise work
This article is part of the Network Evolution issue of September 2016 Vol 7 / No. 7
Anyone who has endured a conference call while straining to hear a colleague speaking over a fuzzy mobile connection knows that cellular call quality isn't always up to snuff. That's why, despite the rise of smartphones and tablets in the workplace, many organizations still depend on the IP telephone -- what it lacks in glamour it makes up for in reliability and functionality. But with hundreds of IP telephone models on the market and a plethora of available features, how to choose? This issue of Network Evolution dials in on that question and more in "Ringing endorsement: Which VoIP telephones fit your needs?" Also in this issue, we travel 20,000 leagues under the sea to explore the world's reliance on submarine cabling, and what enterprises need to know about underwater fiber's vulnerabilities ("Undersea cables keep global enterprise networks afloat"). And finally, we examine how -- like the little girl from the Old El Paso commercial -- some network managers are asking, "Por que no los dos?" when it comes to software-defined ...
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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.