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  • Avaya and FatPipe assert that this will become the first pre-integrated SDN and SD-WAN enterprise solution of its kind.

  • AT&T officials show how the carrier is using drones to inspect network towers, while Intel and Airbus highlight drones inspecting passenger aircraft.

  • The Obama administration and NSF will partner with Intel, Oracle, AT&T, Verizon and others to accelerate innovation around advanced wireless networks.

  • Officials with the carrier say they are releasing the ECOMP technology to the open-source community via the Linux Foundation.

  • Humor writer Dave Barry once said, "If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be 'meetings.'" Meetings historically have gotten a bad rap in the corporate world. There are too many of them, they take too long, too little is accomplished in them, and they take time away from the real work that needs to be done. However, officials at unified communications (UC) vendor ShoreTel believe people may not loathe meetings as much as they say. In a global survey of more than 1,000 people about meeting habits and productivity, the company found that only 1 in 10 respondents felt meetings are a waste of time, while 2 in 5 said meetings were productive. "Our survey dispels many misperceptions about meetings and productivity by the generations currently in the workforce," said Mark Roberts, chief marketing officer of ShoreTel. "For instance, the results did not show that meetings are unproductive, or that certain generations find them a waste of time. Millennials often get a bad rap, but our data shows they participate in meetings in conference rooms with their peers at the same rate as other generations." This eWEEK slide show takes a look at some of the key findings in ShoreTel's "Build a Better Meeting Challenge" survey.

  • Plexxi's upgraded Connect and Control products offer per-workload segmentation, visibility and security to highly integrated environments.

  • The UNH-IOL provides consortium members with an independent lab that can test SDN applications' and controllers' interoperability with switches without having to buy the equipment themselves.

  • The Starter Kit, developed with Cisco and Avnet, will include connectivity, hardware, application development and cloud storage tools.

  • The company is teaming up with Gupshup and API.ai to drive the development of bots that can be integrated onto its Spark collaboration platform.

  • At the Cisco Live show, company officials unveil new offerings designed to make it easier for enterprises to address increasing security threats.

  • Cypress' $550 million acquisition of the business unit will make the company a larger player in the growing IoT market, says its new vice president.

  • Polycom will now be bought by private equity firm Siris Capital, which wants to keep the company an independent player in a rapidly-changing market.

  • The OP@L initiative will deliver offerings built on Lenovo's infrastructure that will run Red Hat's NFV and OpenStack software.

  • The vendor's Cloud-Enabled Branch brings together such network functions as SD-WAN, routing and next-generation firewalls into a single appliance.

  • The Internet of things (IoT) is undoubtedly the biggest wave of technology since the advent of cloud services more than a decade ago. Estimates of the size of the IoT products and services market by various analysts in the next three to five years range wildly from $50 billion to $200 billion worldwide; this takes into account all the connected devices, sensors, cameras and other information-gathering things that are expected to go online by 2020 to 2022. The IoT sets its sights on the Internet as it enables all hardware and software components—all the things that make up the overall technical architecture of an enterprise. This will allow for smarter automation in which things can share information, learn about their surroundings and auto-tune themselves to achieve optimum throughput and minimal downtime. Personnel responsible for the operations of the system will be able to remotely access, assess and manipulate all aspects without the need for dedicated on-site expertise. This eWEEK slide show uses industry information gained from our own reporting and Tony Paine, Kepware Platform president at PTC, to offer insight into overcoming challenges to enterprise IoT.

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