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"No one ever got fired for buying..." - has been a common refrain of IT managers and procurement teams for decades. It used to be said about IBM. It's been said about Telstra. And its been said about one particular network hardware company for some time. But there are challengers. I spoke with Juniper Network's Chief Marketing Officer Michael Marcellin and Kevin Lane, the Senior Infrastructure Engineer at James Cook University about why there's more than one player in town when it comes to network hardware.

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By boosting network capacity between the Australia-new Zealand region and Los Angeles, Megaport says they will allow customers to expand their businesses beyond our shores. The Megaport network includes connectivity to Oracle's Bare Metal infrastructure, Microsoft Azure and AWS so businesses with systems on local instances can improve connectivity for their overseas clients.

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

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Software defined networking (SDN) has been an IT industry buzzword for some time. While analyst firms like IDC see a bright future for this technology segment, others such as Gartner are less optimistic. Recently, server networking company Kemp Technologies released survey results that suggests enterprises in Australia are still keen on SDN.

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Software defined networking (SDN) has been floating around for the last few years but it has mainly been in the eye-line of carriers looking to rapidly provision networks. With everything else in the enterprise becoming virtualised, it seems that the network is going to follow.

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HP rolled out new software-defined networking (SDN) tools and hardware this week, including access point upgrades and a new solution for managing hybrid cloud networks. The element that particularly caught our attention? The ability to manage traffic so that communications from Microsoft Lync receive higher priority.