by Steven Taylor and Larry Hettick
Today's telecommunications expert cannot survive without also becoming today's data networking expert because the convergence of voice and data networks has arrived. Converged networks have already become standard operating procedure for service providers, and they are becoming the standard for large enterprises. Converged networks also offer a great opportunity for small and medium businesses (SMBs). Acting as an effective equalizing factor, the SMB can now have a "big business" persona while preserving its inherent agility and personal service.
This backgrounder is designed to help the SMB telecommunications expert learn a few data communications basics, allowing these businesses to compete on a level playing field along the road to understanding network convergence.
Related Presentation: Data Networking Fundamentals
About the Authors:
Steven Taylor is president of Distributed Networking Associates and publisher/editor-in-chief of Webtorials.
Larry Hettick is Vice President, Wireline Solutions at Current Analysis.
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