When it comes to switches nobody ever wants to make one, but luckily in the networking world “switches” are a good thing. The problem only lies in deciding which one to choose. Unfortunately, it’s not as easy as just walking into the store, looking for the best looking switch, and grabbing it off the shelf. With so many choices and features the task of sorting through, narrowing it down and finally taking the plunge can be daunting. Here are a few considerations to make the task a little bit easier.
Many couldn't help but chuckle when venture backed, two-year-old startup SalesCruch recently offered Cisco $1 - yes, you read that correctly, that's one dollar - plus 15 percent in the online meeting platform to take WebEx off its hands. SalesCrunch officials submitted this unsolicited bid on March 13th in an effort to "help" the networking giant further focus on its core business and stated that Cisco and WebEx's more than 5 million users will all benefit. Cisco didn't take the offer very seriously, however, releasing a brief statement in response that said, "This is a cute publicity stunt from SalesCrunch, and we appreciate that they like our technology, but we have no intention of selling WebEx."
Network Optimization reduces network downtime which improves productivity gains for the organization. An optimized network makes critical applications more reliable, improves scalability, improves security and reduces labor costs associated with network support. These productivity gains are felt by staff on the network which for large entities results in millions of dollars in savings.
CTOs and other IT professionals charged with managing the company's network and technology undoubtedly need to be budget-conscious when selecting hardware. Many organizations select Cisco as their preferred manufacturer for switches and routers, and find that the hardware does the job well. However, a short ways down the road, you learn that the equipment which has suited the business's requirements so well, is being declared end-of-life (EOL)--meaning that the manufacturer will only provide software support for another 1-5 years, but hardware support won't be covered. In the past, this forced customers to cut budgets in other important areas in order to procure new hardware.