Designing Networks for Midsize Businesses - Slide 8

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Gartner’s Mark Fabbi lists three trends that midsize businesses should bear in mind when building out network infrastructure. The first is the need to learn the specific requirements and capabilities of the network that needs to be built. Avoid falling for the hype and investing in technology that doesn’t fit. The second trend is the trend toward network simplification, thanks to standardization. Finally, Fabbi recommends that midsize businesses look for VARs and channel partners with broad knowledge and expertise, which can help midsize businesses avoid vendor lock-in.

A midsize network that is designed well and built according to the requirements can extend the reach of a midsize business and make that company’s presence seem larger than it really is.

Midsize businesses are affected by many of the same network pain points as large enterprises. The networks at midsize businesses need to be flexible, reliable and easy to manage. Performance is an issue for midsize business networks, just as it is for larger enterprises.

One of the challenges that midsize businesses face when building out a network infrastructure is they don’t have as many skills to apply to the task as a large enterprise. As this slideshow continues, we’re going to discuss some of the things that midsize businesses need to keep in mind as they build out a network for both wired and wireless devices.

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Gartner Flash Video: A Networking Blueprint for Midsized Businesses Midsized organizations are dealing with a lot of the same pain points as large enterprises, such as keeping their infrastructure flexible, reliable, and easy to manage. Performance is also an issue, to maintain a connection to their employees, business partners, and customers over often distributed networking environments. Limited talent resources require that IT departments optimize the deployment of technology and related skillsets to meet business needs. Join featured speaker Mark Fabbi, Gartner VP and distinguished analyst, for insight and recommendations on the networking trends affecting midsized businesses.

How to Accelerate Media-Rich Network Communications Today, IT managers are tasked with harnessing the power of the IP network to converge and enable rich media communications to solve real-life problems with original and contextually-rich content. Rich media content can help enable collaborative efforts to bring products to market faster or to differentiate your business with superior customer service. In this on-demand webinar, join HP global marketing managers as they discuss how to accelerate the use of rich media over your network and share specific tools that you can download at the end of the presentation to propel your business forward with rich media communications.

How to Reduce Network Power Consumption Up to 50% IT energy consumption continues to grow. With the green movement and general cost considerations, there is increasing pressure for the implementation of sustainability plans and a quantifiable reduction in energy consumption. However, organizations can't decrease IT performance to achieve this reduction in energy use. Networking infrastructure is mission critical, consumes a reasonable portion of total IT energy, and poses unique energy reduction challenges. In this on-demand webinar, join Eric Pelletier, System Architect with HP Networking, as he discusses how to reduce power consumption as you design your network, buy networking gear, and during network operation.

How to Build a Higher Performance, Less Complex, and More Secure Network Virtualization is exposing cracks in the functionality of legacy networks. Full-featured mobile devices, multimedia communications, and collaboration have altered technical and economic network realities. In addition, constrained budgets and static or dwindling headcounts in IT are in conflict with the development and deployment of faster cycles of innovation. In this on-demand webinar, join Michael Nielson, Director of Solution Marketing with HP Networking, as he discusses how network architectures need to lead IT innovation, along with an exploration of a suite of flexible architecture solutions for the data center, campus collaboration, and branch communications.


Related Topics : Blade Servers, Business Integration, Ethernet, LAN, Network Protocols

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