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  • Report The Forrester Wave™: Open, Programmable Switches For A Businesswide SDN, Q3 2020

    The 12 Providers That Matter Most And How They Stack Up
    July 28, 2020 | Andre Kindness

    In our 32-criterion evaluation of open, programmable switching solutions, we identified the 12 most significant ones — Arista Networks, Cisco IOS-XE, Cisco NX-OS, Dell EMC, Extreme Networks, H3C,...

  • Report Evaluate SDWAN Services Based On Branch Office Goals, Not Hardware Data Sheets

    Fourteen Criteria To Use For Your Next SDWAN Services RFP
    July 16, 2020 | Andre Kindness

    With wide-area network (WAN) architecture transitioning from a hub-and-spoke design to a businesswide WAN fabric, infrastructure and operations (I&O) leaders have started to leverage, or have plans...

  • Report Now Tech: Virtual Network Infrastructure Switching Fabric, Q2 2020

    Forrester's Overview Of 14 VNI Switching Fabric Providers
    April 22, 2020 | Andre Kindness

    Business and technology leaders can use virtual networking infrastructure (VNI) switching fabric to connect business resources, enhance customer interactions, and deliver new services and products....

  • Report Research Overview: Enterprise Networking Technology For 2020

    A Guide To Building Your Next-Generation Network Using The Five Tenets Of Virtual Network Infrastructure
    April 22, 2020 | Andre Kindness

    I&O professionals need to acknowledge and adopt two concepts. First, they must create the network as a businesswide system built on good design principles — not disparate, isolated concepts — that...

  • Report The CIO's Guide To 5G In Financial Services

    Embrace 5G To Deliver Real-Time Value Propositions And Better Employee Experiences
    March 9, 2020 | Dan Bieler

    5G will become a general-purpose technology for financial services firms, as it provides superfast mobile broadband, massive machine-type communications, and ultra-reliable and low-latency...

  • Report Jump-Start Your Network Automation

    Four Random Automation Characteristics Fuel Networking Automation Adoption
    February 6, 2020 | Andre Kindness, Chris Gardner

    C-level professionals have accelerated their investments in automation to achieve greater business competitiveness. Inside infrastructure and operations (I&O) teams, automation has taken hold, from...

  • Report SDWAN — More Than Just Cutting WAN Costs

    Definition, Benefits, And The Market Landscape For SDWAN
    December 2, 2019 | Andre Kindness, Abhijit Sunil

    A software-defined WAN (SDWAN) approach has pivoted past the technology inflection point and moved beyond PowerPoint slide decks touting lower WAN costs. It's become a key element in supporting the...

  • Report A Timeline Guide For Your 5G Strategy

    5G Will Be A Long Journey, But Prepare Now — Because The Promise Is Huge

    The rollout of 5G is much more evolutionary than the rollout scenarios of previous cellular standards. The primary reason for the different pace relates to the gradual and piecemeal definition of...

  • Report The CIO's Guide To 5G In The Manufacturing Sector

    5G Will Become A Crucial Enabler For Digital Transformation In The Manufacturing Sector
    August 30, 2019 | Dan Bieler

    5G and Industry 4.0 are a powerful combination. Together they can lift and shift the manufacturing sector to a much higher level of digitization, in particular by maximizing the mobility,...

  • Report Don't Let The One-Percenters Drive Your Network Architecture

    Five Use Cases That Hamper Networking Automation Adoption
    August 9, 2019 | Andre Kindness

    Networking pros are getting sucked in by a warped set of requirements that do little to address some of the immediate data center needs they're facing. Vendors cite flashy use cases like hyperscale...

  • Report Check The 5G Pulse Of Your Communications Service Provider

    A Guide To Understanding The 5G Landscape And Your Investment Planning
    July 29, 2019 | Abhijit Sunil

    5G is an important new technological advancement, and infrastructure and operations (I&O) leaders are looking at a plethora of 5G wireless proposed use cases, timelines, and expectations. It's...

  • Report Decode The New Networking Alphabet Soup

    Use Forrester's Networking Dictionary To Navigate Emerging Technologies
    June 6, 2019 | Andre Kindness

    Networking terms like software-defined networking (SDN), network function virtualization (NFV), virtual network function (VNF), and service chaining have become a common vernacular among networking...

  • Report The CIO's Guide To 5G Connectivity And Strategy

    5G Provides The Network Infrastructure To Support Business Innovation, Operational Agility, And Speed
    April 12, 2019 | Dan Bieler

    Connectivity is creeping ever deeper into our lives and business operations, while business success increasingly depends on network-enabled product and service differentiation. 5G will play a key...

  • Report Emerging Technology Spotlight: Businesswide Networking Fabric

    Businesswide Networking Fabric Enriches Your Digital Business Value
    December 3, 2018 | Andre Kindness

    Businesswide networking fabrics have started to disrupt traditional networking service providers and vendors. Enterprises must understand what this disruptive technology is, when it will be mature,...

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