Special Report: Network Modernization

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Wide-area network optimization boosts traffic across geographic distances. Although the primary tools have been around for a decade, agencies are increasingly turning to WAN optimization to speed the delivery of applications from a centralized data center to branch offices or for backing up data to an off-site facility.
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Driven largely by potential savings in travel costs, along with the capability to deliver greater flexibility for workers, UC is being implemented in federal, state and local government environments due to the advent of video over networks and the post-PC mobile device era.
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Info-Tech Research Group estimates that by 2013 nearly every user in public- and private-sector organizations will be bringing a personal mobile device into the workplace. Ignoring the use of mobile devices can be a costly mistake because as much as 24 percent of an agency’s operational budget might be at risk.
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Experts recommend that IT managers discuss with agency leaders how to couple telework and consolidation efforts with improvements in communications that can further enhance the organization’s effectiveness and cost-efficiency.
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When it comes to crystal-ball gazing, knowing what NOT to buy in large quantities can be almost as important as what to choose instead. WiMax, hardware appliances, PCs and non-IP telephony top the list of fading technologies.
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