Getting Past the Jargon

Networking professionals concerned with network topologies, LAN/WAN connectivity options, bandwidth capacities, routing/switching protocols, security, or IP Telephony are painfully aware of a computing frontier that they do not want to explore due to its excruciating diversity and seemingly infinite amount of detail and variation. This vast frontier is the end-user applications and their enabling operating systems, databases, and services.

However, a complete lack of understanding by networking professionals of the applications environment (or by the applications experts of the networking technologies) generally leads to substandard information technology (IT) operations in SMB environments. Integration, by its nature—whether ...

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