5 Reasons To Upgrade Your Network Switch

Campus network switches aren’t updated as frequently as data center switches, but there are some compelling reasons why it may be worthwhile to upgrade now and not wait until the end of a regular refresh cycle.

Practically speaking, campus networking is wireless networking, and there are more devices connecting to the network. More devices mean more bandwidth requirements, and it’s hard to figure out what BYOD devices are going to be doing, whether it’s just plain download bandwidth, a time critical application like VoIP, or a sudden surge like Apple iOS version updates. And once end-users are tied to a new way of using devices, network teams are often forced to adapt. BYOD not only means "bring your own devices", but adds, “because you’re overly demanding”.

Topics: Networking switches

Campus Switch Upgrades: Making the Business Case

Deciding when to upgrade your campus switch involves ROI considerations, figuring out wireless user requirements, and understanding process implications.

In my previous blog, I wrote about the technical considerations for choosing a campus switch and how the growth of wireless devices affects those considerations. In this blog, I’ll examine how to make a business case for campus switch upgrades, including ROI, people, and process considerations.

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Choosing A Campus Switch In The Wireless Era

The growth of wireless and the emergence of the Internet of Things create challenges in selecting a campus switch. Here are some top considerations.
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Network Switches a Commodity? Not Really

You see many network switches built on common components, such as network processors from companies such as Broadcom, which leads some people to think these devices are commodities. In reality, you see some creative ways in which each vendor offers differentiation.
Topics: Networking switches