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  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

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    Report Pick The Right IoT Network Strategy

    Sorting Through The Latest Wireless Technologies And Choosing The Right Architecture To Connect IoT Devices
    June 14, 2017 | Andre Kindness, Michele Pelino

    Network-connected sensors and actuators improve business operations and transform products. But internet-of-things (IoT) requirements stretch current enterprise networking technologies past their...

  • For B2B Marketing Professionals

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    Report Global Business Technographics® Networks & Telecom Survey, 2017: Overview

    A Business Technographics Presentation
    May 25, 2017 | Brian Luu, Xiaotong Duan

    This report is an overview of the Forrester Data Global Business Technographics® Networks And Telecommunications Survey, 2017. Topics include sourcing preferences; managed services technologies...

  • For CIO Professionals

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    Report The Top Emerging Technologies For Digital Predators

    Tools And Technology: The CIO Digital Business Transformation Playbook
    March 1, 2017 | Nigel Fenwick, Ted Schadler

    CIOs must constantly evaluate an array of emerging technologies and determine where to incubate and where to increase investment. While the choices are as individual as the companies, the...

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    Report Networking Technologies Immerse Fans In NFL Games And The Tour De France

    RFID, Wi-Fi, Cell, And Other Wireless Technologies Create New Emotional Experiences And Connections
    February 24, 2017 | Andre Kindness, Michele Pelino

    The National Football League (NFL) and the Tour de France use networking technologies to change the way fans engage with two popular sports in Europe and North America. Dimension Data, Extreme...

  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

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    Report Five Tenets Define Virtual Network Infrastructure, A Bold New Business Network

    A Digital Business Network Built With NFV, Fabrics, Service Chaining, SDN, Programmability, And Multitenant Tenets
    October 20, 2016 | Andre Kindness

    In 2009, Forrester developed a new business technology network framework called virtual network infrastructure (VNI). Technology has advanced enough to support it, but a confusing array of names...

  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

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    Report Pulling The Curtain Back On Neutron, OpenStack's Cloud Networking Module

    Explore And Balance Neutron's Good And Bad Aspects For Your Cloud
    July 22, 2016 | Andre Kindness, Lauren E. Nelson

    Skeptics once shunned OpenStack's maligned Neutron cloud networking module in favor of other network virtualization solutions. Over the past two years, the OpenStack community has doubled down on...

  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

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    Report Brief: The Public Internet Isn't Your WAN

    Four Leading Indicators From The Cloud Giants Show Why They Don't Solely Rely On It, And Neither Should You
    June 13, 2016 | Andre Kindness

    Most digital transformation initiatives are doomed from the start. Why? The network platform won't be good enough to support them. Infrastructure and operations (I&O) leaders have eschewed...

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    Report Pick The Right Location Technologies To Support Customer Experience And Operational Initiatives

    Hint: Beacons Aren't Always The Answer
    February 4, 2016 | Michele Pelino, Andre Kindness

    To provide differentiating, personalized experiences for customers and improved profit margins, many executives are looking to beacons. However, for infrastructure and operations (I&O)...

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    Report Vendor Landscape: Software-Defined Networking Overlay Solutions

    Eight Vendors Help I&O Professionals Solve Hybrid Cloud Or Hybrid WAN Issues, Only One Does Both
    November 3, 2015 | Andre Kindness

    This report lays out the SDN overlay vendor landscape and available solutions. Many solutions seem similar but provide very different benefits and architecture from both emerging and traditional...

  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

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    Report Why Overlays Are Getting The Most Attention In The Software-Defined Network Market

    The Taxonomy And Benefits Of The Software-Defined Network Overlay Market
    November 3, 2015 | Andre Kindness, Richard Fichera

    It will be another five years before software-defined networking (SDN) becomes a mainstream foundation of the business technology (BT) that can be applied across the entire network. However,...

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    Report Avoid Making These 10 Mistakes With Your Retail Customer Engagement Network

    Not Understanding The Network's Role In Retail Technology Initiatives Torpedoes Their Value
    August 24, 2015 | Andre Kindness

    To combat online retailers siphoning brick and mortar customers, physical retailers have ramped up resources to transform the generic physical store into an entity that can meet the challenges of...

  • For CIO Professionals

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    Report Brief: Huawei Has Strong Infrastructure Offerings And Is Progressing Toward BT

    June 29, 2015 | Naveen Chhabra

    CIOs juggle the competing objectives of keeping the lights on and delivering business technology (BT) innovation, which is a derivative of time, speed, cost, and alignment with business objectives....

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    Report Brief: HP's Acquisition Of Aruba Networks Reignites Its War With Cisco

    Networking Is The Path To HP's Growth If The Company Doesn't Repeat Past Mistakes
    March 25, 2015 | Andre Kindness

    In 2009, Mark Hurd, a former CEO of HP, responded to Cisco CEO John Chambers' release of Cisco's UCS line with the acquisition of 3Com. While many expected an all-out war, the few early battles...

  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

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    Report Quick Take: Aruba's New Appliance Helps Customers Adopt Forrester's VNI Architecture

    Aruba's New Product Highlights A Shift In Network Design And Customer Requirements
    March 3, 2015 | Andre Kindness

    The December 12, 2011, "Virtual Network Infrastructure" Forrester report provided enterprise infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals with a network framework to support emerging...

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    Report The Myth Of White-Box Network Switches

    White-Box Network Hardware Offers Organizations More Flexibility And Choice, But That Comes With More Responsibility
    February 20, 2015 | Andre Kindness

    Public cloud platforms have sent the networking industry into a froth of hyperbole. Over the past few years, companies offering x-as-a-service (XaaS) have been making claims that transitioning the...

  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

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    Report Quick Take: HP Escalates The Branded Bare-Metal Network Switch War

    HP And Others Pursue The Lucrative Hyperscale Market
    February 19, 2015 | Andre Kindness

    Similar to Dell's announcement in 2014, HP just announced plans to offer three HP-branded bare-metal (BBM) switches built on Broadcom's Trident II application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC)....

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    Report Customer-Centric Strategies Require Business-Centric Network Hardware

    White-Box Network Hardware Will Be One Option Of Many Choices
    December 9, 2014 | Andre Kindness

    "Don't get too attached to your specialized network hardware — you're not going to need it in the future," said Steve Riley, chief technology officer of Riverbed Technology, during his speech...

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    Report Brief: Cisco's Tail-f Acquisition Is Good News For Your Flexible Service Ambitions

    The Move Validates Forrester's Virtual Network Infrastructure Vision
    June 26, 2014 | Andre Kindness

    On June 17, 2014, Cisco announced its acquisition of Tail-f Systems for $175 million in cash and retention incentives. The acquisition helps Cisco deliver on a virtual network infrastructure vision...

  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

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    Report Three Forcing Functions That Will Extend Your Data Center's Network Services Beyond Its Walls

    Combining Network LAN, WAN, And Layer 4 To Layer 7 Services Into A Horizontally And Vertically Integrated Business Platform
    June 9, 2014 | Andre Kindness

    Five years after introducing network fabrics, the networking industry has hit the reset button. Vendors haven't come any closer to helping customers build networks that can instantly mesh users,...

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    Report Is Software-Defined Networking Ready For The Enterprise? Part 2 Of 3

    Enterprises And Vendors Need A Lot More Wrinkles On Their Face
    March 5, 2014 | Andre Kindness

    Even though software-defined networking (SDN) is widely popular with cloud providers, carriers, and universities, today's SDN solutions won't cure enterprise infrastructure and operations' (I&O's)...

  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

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    Report Quick Take: Cisco Unveils ACI — New Private Clouds Can Try It; Other I&O Pros Should Wait

    Cisco's Insieme 'Spin-In' Is Directionally Correct, But Many I&O Pros Can't Take Full Advantage Of Its Features Until Q2 2014
    November 12, 2013 | Andre Kindness

    On November 6, 2013, Cisco announced the company's newest next-generation data center solution — Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) — that includes new hardware, new firmware, and...

  • For Sourcing & Vendor Management Professionals

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    Report The Forrester Wave™: Asia Pacific Carrier Ethernet Services, Q4 2013

    The Seven Providers That Matter Most And How They Stack Up
    November 6, 2013 | Clement Teo

    In Forrester's 22-criteria evaluation of carrier Ethernet vendors, we identified and qualified seven global and regional service providers that offer unmanaged site-to-site carrier Ethernet...

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    Report The Forrester Wave™: Data Center Networking Hardware, Q1 2013

    Distinct Competencies Separate The Core Vendors
    January 23, 2013 | Andre Kindness

    In Forrester's 85-criteria evaluation of vendors that offered data networking solutions, Forrester identified eight significant solution providers in this category — Alcatel-Lucent, Arista...

  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

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    Report Workload-Centric Infrastructure Ignites Software-Defined Networking

    It's Not Yet Ready For Prime Time, But I&O And Vendors Have A Lot To Do Before It Gets Here
    November 8, 2012 | Andre Kindness

    Infrastructure and operations (I&O) teams are aligning themselves and infrastructure around key workloads to drive greater simplicity and efficiency. In kind, the networking industry has responded...

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    Report Networking Predictions For 2013

    Networking's Renaissance Breaks Down The Technology Silos And Introduces Teamwork
    July 17, 2012 | Andre Kindness

    As infrastructure & operations (I&O) leaders move aggressively to execute on their private cloud plans, they've run headlong into growing frictions between networking professionals and the rest of...

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