SDN Will Lock Enterprises in Tighter Than Ever

Mike Fratto
Mike Fratto

Summary Bullets:

  • SDN will increase lock-in rather than decrease it because of integration and interdependencies.
  • Standards and reference architectures will not help, as support for extensions creates dependencies to begin with.

One of the wishes, hopes, and dreams of SDN is that the technologies will free enterprises from vendor lock-in.  That’s not the case.  SDN will increase vendor lock-in for most enterprises, because the dependencies that will accrue will be difficult, if not impossible, to shake. Continue reading “SDN Will Lock Enterprises in Tighter Than Ever”

Business Video Moves Towards the Mainstream

Cindy Whelan
Cindy Whelan

Summary Bullets:

  • Business video usage is increasing, but growth is still comparatively slow.
  • Increasing adoption of business video involves a culture shift that needs to be driven from the top down; executives and managers must champion video usage internally, making it the norm rather than the exception.

Business video communications continues to be a hot topic, evolving from a special event hosted in expensive telepresence rooms to a mainstream UC feature available on any device.  While some carriers have indicated that business video growth is not yet widespread, Current Analysis research did find that enterprise employees’ usage of ad hoc reservationless services such as Skype was much higher than usage of business video platforms from providers such as WebEx.  As with mobile communications, business video is being driven from the consumer base: people that have used Skype for years as consumers are bringing this practice into the workplace. Continue reading “Business Video Moves Towards the Mainstream”