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Is your network killing collaboration? by Matt Mansfield, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Old networking infrastructure is one of the biggest barriers to implementing a unified communications and collaboration strategy. Here’s how SMB networks can handle the increased load, without requiring a significant hardware upgrade. 

One of the hottest things to hit business IT in recent years has been unified communications and collaboration. UCC includes many useful technologies and tools, all falling under the umbrella of “make it easier for people to communicate and work together.” That includes Slack, Skype for Business, online training courses, cloud-based phone systems, YouTube videos, and web conferencing, just as a start.

However, one factor might kill UCC in small and midsize businesses (SMBs): aging computer networks. UCC generates a lot of network traffic. Can smaller, and older, business networks handle the increased load?

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