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    Report Breakout Vendors: Virtual Network Infrastructure

    Four Vendors That Can Help Build A VNI
    December 6, 2016 | Andre Kindness

    Infrastructure and operations (I&O) leaders face unfamiliar choices when it comes to acquiring innovative technologies that can help virtualize the network. Too many professionals fall back on the...

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    Report Decode The New Networking Alphabet Soup

    Use Forrester's Networking Dictionary To Navigate The Emerging Networking Technologies
    October 24, 2016 | Andre Kindness

    Myriad new networking terms, like software-defined networking, service chaining, and network function virtualization, have become a common vernacular among networking vendors that want to help...

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    Report Q&A: Six Common Questions About Software-Defined Networking

    The Top SDN Questions Indicate That Enterprises Technologists Are Confused
    October 19, 2016 | Andre Kindness

    Software-defined networking (SDN) has dominated the headlines for some time. Forrester has highlighted it as the only enterprise technology to solve the real challenges of network infrastructure...

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    Report Top Eight Technology Trends That I&O Pros Should Watch: 2016

    Tools & Technologies: The I&O Transformation Playbook
    August 11, 2016 | Eveline Oehrlich, Dave Bartoletti

    Our infrastructure and operations (I&O) clients' two most common questions are, "What innovations are on the horizon that could transform I&O?" and "Are there any new offerings, suppliers, or...

  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

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    Report TechRadar™: BT Infrastructure, Q2 2016

    Road Map: The Infrastructure Transformation Playbook
    May 9, 2016 | Andre Kindness, Robert Stroud

    Software has turned the infrastructure world upside down. Hardware speeds and feeds no longer dominate infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals' criteria; they know that the fastest...

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    Report TechRadar™: Continuous Deployment, Q2 2016

    Road Map: The Modern Service Delivery Playbook
    May 3, 2016 | Amy DeMartine, Robert Stroud

    Digital businesses are the new norm, and to compete in this new digital market, software applications and products must contain new sources of customer value while at the same time adopting new...

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    Report Predictions 2016: Automation Drives Growth

    How I&O Pros Will Accelerate BT Agenda Execution With Software-Defined And Agile Everything
    November 19, 2015 | Jean-Pierre Garbani, Amy DeMartine

    In 2015, infrastructure and operations (I&O) leaders and their teams laid foundations for and shifted some investment to the business technology (BT) agenda — the to-do list for applying...

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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...

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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 Quick Take: OpenStack Summit, Q4 2015

    The Liberty Summit Focused On Incremental Improvements And Reassurance
    November 2, 2015 | Lauren E. Nelson, Paul Miller

    The OpenStack Foundation hosts a semi-annual release summit to provide a mix of end user stories, release updates, and OpenStack deep-dive sessions. Last week's Tokyo summit drew a crowd of over...

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    Report Brief: Extreme Networks' SDN Solution Puts The Network Into The Hands Of The Business

    Extreme Networks Takes SDN Beyond Application-Driven Infrastructure
    May 15, 2015 | Andre Kindness

    On April 28, 2015, Extreme Networks announced its new software-defined networking (SDN) capabilities and developer support solution. While vendors have been releasing similar announcements about...

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    Report Predictions 2015: Infrastructure & Operations Prioritizes Pursuing The BT Agenda

    I&O's Key Agenda Requires Evolutionary Changes
    November 20, 2014 | Dave Bartoletti, J. P. Gownder

    In 2014, the role of the infrastructure and operations (I&O) professional has been reshaped by trends like social, mobile, Agile, and cloud — but it's time to get ready for what's around the...

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    Report Predictions 2015: Telecoms Will Struggle To Align To The CIO's BT Agenda

    2015 Will Be Another Roller-Coaster Ride For Telecoms
    November 14, 2014 | Dan Bieler

    As the CIO's attention shifts from information technology (IT) to business technology (BT), the telecom business model will undergo dramatic transformation. Only a minority of telecoms will manage...

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    Report The Top Emerging Technologies To Watch: Now Through 2020

    Make These Emerging Technologies Part Of Your BT Agenda
    October 31, 2014 | Brian Hopkins, Frank E. Gillett

    Emerging technology plays a big role in firms' profitability and their customers' digital experiences. Yet enterprise architects struggle with the speed of new technology delivery and constantly...

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    Report The Top Emerging Technologies Through 2020 — The CIO Perspective

    CIOs Need To Make Emerging Technologies Part Of Their BT Agenda
    October 31, 2014 | Frank E. Gillett, Brian Hopkins

    In today's competitive environment, investing in business technologies is central to companies' ability to win, serve, and retain customers. Companies that create and lead in new disruptive...

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    Report Quick Take: Brocade Launches Networking's First Commercial Open Source Software

    Brocade Releases The Vyatta Controller Built On OpenDaylight Source Code
    September 23, 2014 | Andre Kindness

    On September 22, 2014, Brocade released its software-defined controller, Vyatta Controller, which officially brings open source software (OSS) from the networking shadows into the mainstream...

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    Report Quick Take: Breaking Down VMworld 2014

    Can The Virtual Powerhouse Power Virtually Everything?
    September 2, 2014 | Dave Bartoletti, Henry Baltazar

    Last week, VMware presented its latest corporate and product strategy and developments at the annual VMworld conference. The three pillars of VMware's strategy are the software-defined data center...

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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)...

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

    Use An Agile Manufacturer's Lessons To Guide Your Adoption Of VNI
    March 5, 2014 | Andre Kindness

    Software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) hold the promise to reposition the network and supporting team from being a business barrier and services liability to...

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    Report Is Software-Defined Networking Ready For The Enterprise? Part 1 Of 3

    Understanding The Need For SDN And The Vendors Fulfilling It
    March 5, 2014 | Andre Kindness

    Finally, networking has its "cloud." Not since The Beatles touched down at N.Y.'s John F. Kennedy International Airport to perform at The Ed Sullivan Show has there been so much hysteria; yet few...

  • 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...

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    Report Server And Data Center Predictions For 2013

    March 8, 2013 | Richard Fichera

    This report outlines Forrester's solution for infrastructure and operations (I&O) executives working on data center infrastructure. This report is designed to help you build a road map for 2013. As...

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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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    Report Market Overview: Data Center Networking Solutions, Q1 2012

    The Data Center Networking Solutions Mimic I&O's Virtualization Maturity
    February 24, 2012 | Andre Kindness

    Over the past year, infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals have focused their enterprise networking efforts on readying network infrastructure to support virtualization,...