Get Ready for IPv6

It’s an IPv4 world today, but the days of IPv4 are numbered.

As of February 2011, the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) had allocated all remaining public IP address ranges to the five global regional Internet registries. A quick look at this IPv4 Exhaustion Counter below shows a total of 13.24 /8 (8-bit) IPv4 address ranges remaining…

Brief: The Critical Importance of the New Data Infrastructure

Enterprises are increasingly turning to the cloud for their computing needs, and are now accessing everything from individual applications to entire infrastructures remotely rather than via on-premises
hardware and software. Meanwhile, the sheer volume of data that enterprises have to deal with is exploding, as is the number of sources of that…

Brief: Building an Enterprise IPv6 Test Lab

Given that many businesses plan to roll out some collection of IPv6 equipment in the next few years, it makes sense to set up your own test lab to ensure that you can understand some of the transition issues and deployment problems early on.

In the sponsored brief Building an Enterprise IPv6 Test Lab Jeff Carrell and Ed Tittel dive into what you…

Brief: How to Prepare for IPv6 Networking

There is a lot more to IPv6 than just a lot more addresses, including redesigned protocols, better routing, security improvements and finally getting rid of Network Address Translation. In this sponsored brief, How to Prepare for IPv6 Networking by Ed Tittel and Jeff Carrell, they dive into the nuts and bolts of IPv6 and show you what you need to…

Unleashing the Power of Customer Data

Customer satisfaction has always been key to doing and keeping business. Current studies show that customers who seek out good service are also the most loyal to the businesses they engage with. In today’s world of structured data, it’s possible to listen more closely and respond better to customer feedback by collecting and analyzing customer…

The Extended Enterprise: Manage Complexity, Cost, and Compliance

Taking risks is just part of doing business these days. You have to look at all the options. That may mean increasing the number of suppliers, hiring more employees or trying a variety of different business models.

That also means a host of new security issues that requires organizations to implement a risk management strategy. This brief from IDC…

Mobile Security: The Essential Ingredient for Today’s Business

In a well-publicized case, a data analyst employed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) took his laptop home to suburban Maryland. Burglars entered his home and stole the laptop. Suddenly, the personal information of some 26.5 million veterans was at risk. The incident became an international news story raising caution flags about…

Green IT Boosts Your Bottom Line

The green movement is without a doubt affecting companies both large and small. Telecommuting, the virtual office and Web conferencing are all ways that companies can keep energy costs down while at the same time finding better ways to communicate and optimize business functions. This brief from Qwest Business explores the ways that businesses…

How Service Providers Can Help Consolidate IT Expenses

CTOs know that today, when it comes to IT, more is no longer better. IT departments in every industry are faced with static or shrinking budgets and the mounting pressure to do more with less. To reduce operating expenses and network spending, they must find ways to maximize their current investments rather than make new ones. Opportunities for…

MPLS: Future Proofing Enterprise Networks for Long-Term Success

Multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) is a converged data network technique that facilitates the most efficient platform for transporting a diverse array of different types of traffic. MPLS provides a simplified network infrastructure for the simultaneous transport of multiple applications such as voice, video, and data.

This paper addresses…

The “Three Ps” of Evaluating Managed Network Services

Enterprises are getting more complex with virtualization and the advent of cloud computing – which is leading to changes that are making room for next generation networks. The Strategic Network Group says new networks must be evaluated according to three criteria: portfolios, partners and processes.

Making a Pain-Free Migration to Unified Communications

Every firm, company or enterprise with distributed data and voice networks is looking for ways to control costs and increase efficiency. To achieve these goals, businesses need to integrate both voice and data onto a single, converged network to reduce costs and improve productivity. A converged voice and data network is the foundation for Unified…

Is Cloud Computing Right for You?

Look at the evolution of the enterprise and a pattern emerges. On-premise systems evolved to meet business demands. Today, there is the option to move services off the enterprise into the cloud.

This executive brief from IDC looks at how enterprises can turn their IT infrastructures into dynamic environments that can scale according to demand…

Interview with Qwest Security Expert Bob Schroeder

Bob Schroeder is the director of product management at Qwest Business. In this interview, he provides a high level overview of what you should be doing to protect your company against security threats.

Schroeder talks about anti-virus, securing mobile networks, encryption and more.

Infrastructures for Innovation

Converged voice and network services, increasing scalability and expanding application and information access are key components in creating infrastructures for innovation, according to a CIO2CIO report sponsored by Qwest Business.

The report looks at research conducted by IDG on network and infrastructure investments and the ROI of…

Infrastructures for Innovation

Converged voice and network services, increasing scalability and expanding application and information access are key components in creating infrastructures for innovation, according to a CIO2CIO report sponsored by Qwest Business. The report looks at research conducted by IDG on network and infrastructure investments and the ROI of infrastructure spending. For more resources from Qwest Business, […]