IT - Networks

Understanding these trends equips IT leaders to strategically position IT as crucial to successfully maneuvering around whatever the future holds

"We enter 2021 in a very different place from where we were at the start of 2020. The role of networking and more broadly, the IT function, has more often become the hero - and sometimes the scorn - of business continuity and resilience in the face of the pandemic. As CIOs soak up the praise or take their lumps, they must now look to the horizon and define their approach and strategy in a post-pandemic world.

Aruba has identified four major trends facing CIOs that can make or break an organization's IT program:..."

There's one key piece of the home / office networking puzzle, unavailable today, that will complete your dream network. That piece is based on products running WiFi 6E, a standard only recently ratified by the WiFi Alliance, the worldwide group that agrees on international WiFi standards

"Like many shoemakers, I should be ashamed that my children are running around barefoot. Actually, no--that's a metaphor. It's my communications infrastructure that's running around barefoot. I'm a tech analyst with an embarrassingly ancient network and connection to the outside world.

How did it get this way? Neglect and time, as always, were big factors. Laziness was also in there somewhere. Hey, it was great in 2005 when I got Comcast cable. A few years later, I threw in an Arris cable modem and a LinkSys switch. Although most things in my office are connected by wired Ethernet (what's that?), the wireless networks around the house are a hodgepodge of power-line distribution and 2.4GHz and 5.GHz access points of venerable vintage. Guest and homey networks live side by side, and voluminous SSIDs (network names) abound on any client device hapless enough to view 'available networks,' which include all of my neighbors' as well my own wide array..."

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