October 15, 2020
As services move into the cloud, more vendors are publishing the latency requirements for their platform or application. These requirements could specify a maximum latency among computing nodes in a cluster, between a computing node and a storage array, or for an application-specific data flow like vMotion. Being able to estimate network latency between locations will help you identify which connectivity options are viable solutions. The following are some items to consider when estimating ...Continue Reading
September 19, 2019
All businesses have to transform and adapt to do business in an increasingly digital world. But to transform, they must first address the foundation that their business sits on, making converged infrastructure (CI) and hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) a great fit that enables efficiency and scalability on validated infrastructure.
September 17, 2019
When it comes to selecting the best backup—NAS (network-attached storage) or cloud-based—there are a multitude of factors IT leaders must consider. To break it down, a recent TechTarget article written by John Edwards highlights the pros and cons of the two approaches, and includes insights on which backup technology might be the best choice.
June 18, 2019
There’s no denying it – the wireless network is the primary way we connect to the digital world. In fact, it’s so big, that traffic from wireless and mobile devices will account for 71% of total IP traffic by 2022, according to Cisco's Forecast and Trends for 2017-2022. But behind that wireless network is a mesh of complex technology, which to the general layman can be quite confusing.
October 9, 2018
Wait a second! When did my switch become a Linux server?! Over the past several years, the networking industry has seen several well-known networking vendors migrate away from their traditional proprietary and monolithic network operating systems for their switches and routers into open Linux-based platforms. But why would network vendors invest so much time and money in changing something as mundane as what OS kernel they use?
August 28, 2018
The challenges faced by today’s manufacturer are in many ways the same as they’ve been in the past: maintain the right amount of inventory, optimize production efficiency and never lose sight of quality. Yet addressing these challenges has become more tied to the underlying technology than ever before.
April 4, 2018
Intent-based networking is being called the “next big thing” in networking. Building on the power of machine learning, software-defined networking (SDN) and advanced automation, intent-based networking systems (IBNS) have the potential to improve the way administrators monitor and respond to network events and conditions.
March 29, 2018
One of the big challenges organizations face today is complexity, and security is no exception. According to the 2018 Cisco Annual Cybersecurity Report, in 2017, 25% of security professionals said they used products from 11 to 20 vendors, compared with 18% of security professionals in 2016. Also, in 2017, 16% said they use anywhere from 21 to 50 vendors, compared to 7% of respondents in 2016 (refer to figure below).
February 22, 2018
There’s a new buzzword making the rounds (like we needed another one). Move over Digital Transformation, and welcome Edge Computing. While it’s being credited with the power to deliver speed, security and cost-savings to organizations, is it really all that? Let’s break it down…
November 30, 2017
What a difference a decade makes. Ten years ago, smartphones and tablets were still novel, but today, it’s likely that most (if not all) of your employees own one or several. And they’re using them to accomplish personal and professional tasks at home, in the office and on the road.
November 7, 2017
According to an IBM report, 72 percent of CEOs who made collaboration a top priority outperformed their competitors. And while collaboration in the cloud is showing signs of rapid growth, in the past, it has come with some inherent security concerns. Fortunately, Cisco Spark resolves many of the challenges with its next-generation, enterprise-grade cloud solution.
October 17, 2017
IT departments are under increased pressure to move fast and be able to change direction at a moment’s notice. Aging and complex infrastructures just can’t keep up with the pace that’s needed for power and speed, especially with apps growing 5x faster than IT can deliver.
October 12, 2017
The conventional wisdom has been that computer hardware should be retained for eight years, if not longer. Yet this eight-year lifecycle is no longer always tenable in today’s fast-changing technology environment. A May 2017 IDC study confirms this, reporting that businesses that upgrade their hardware more frequently save money on operations, earn more revenue and are better able to adapt on rapidly shifting technology landscapes.
September 19, 2017
Flash storage is critical for businesses that emphasize performance and move quickly. When milliseconds matter, flash just might be the solution to boost your I/O performance and stay ahead of the competition...
August 22, 2017
The past several years has seen immense evolution in the data center. Long gone are the days of the traditional, siloed infrastructure, where change processes were complex and time consuming. With the entrance of converged infrastructure, and then hyperconverged infrastructure, we’ve witnessed improved productivity and better ability to quickly respond to the needs of the business. From there, software-defined took the data center to an even more agile place, where storage and compute were ...
July 6, 2017
While IT is constantly asked to do more with less, enterprises and SMBs alike are looking for new ways to improve productivity thanks to innovations in business intelligence. Customers look to their vendors to give them more value for their money, protect their investments and provide predictable technology spending. With limited staff and operating budgets, it becomes more difficult for organizations to adopt new technologies.
February 21, 2017
Wearable technology is just beginning to take off. Some of the most impressive trends include smart clothing, healthcare monitoring, wearable headsets, wearable tech payments and the advancement of home tech. But following are a few of the more-interesting and innovative wearable technology trends coming onto the market.
February 7, 2017
The advances in the technology of every generation have disrupted the status quo in the workplace. In the 1950s, a generation shaped by World War II who was trained to accept top-down leadership and had their workplace ruled by a 9-to-5 day, experienced change through a mainframe computer the size of a room. Baby Boomers, taught to question authority, came up with different rules for leadership and experienced workplace disruption from the electronic calculator, and later the personal computer. ...
January 17, 2017
There are now three things we can count on in life: death, taxes, and the fact that your healthcare organization could very likely experience a breach. As healthcare records are increasingly digitized, there are new opportunities for improving patient care — but there is also risk. According to a recent report from the Ponemon Institute, 90% of all healthcare organizations have suffered at least one data breach during the past two years. The total costs of these breaches? 6.2 billion.
October 6, 2016
The next major technology trend is emerging – the device mesh is said will merge the physical and virtual worlds. Thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT), more and more devices are connecting. Worldwide, there are now a total of 1.2 billion LTE subscriptions—and that number is constantly increasing. By 2021, an estimated 28 billion devices will be connected to the Internet.
June 28, 2016
A top concern for all organizations is how to keep sensitive data safe on mobile devices of employees and how to protect the network from the array of vulnerabilities that mobile devices bring with them.
May 10, 2016
Barely five years old now, the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) phenomenon has forced organizations worldwide to rethink their policies to allow employees the flexibility to use the device of their choice, despite the increase in security risk. Now, just as organizations are beginning to get a handle on BYOD, another trend – wear-your-own-device (WYOD) – has come along. Organizations who treat WYOD as the same as BYOD will run into trouble, as WYOD brings a different set of challenges, which ...
April 19, 2016
Putting SDN to Work with an Application Centric Infrastructure
March 1, 2016
Software-defined networking (SDN) is starting to make inroads and is projected to grow from $103 million in 2014 to $5.7 billion in 2019 with the adoption rate among enterprises expected to grow from 6% to 23%, according to research firm IHS. At the same time, IHS predicts service providers around the world will increase their spending on SDN software by 15 times from 2015 to 2019.
February 18, 2016
With a software designed data center (SDDC), the service delivery is decoupled from the physical infrastructure, enabling endless configurations of compute, storage and network capacity that are easily created programmatically without the need to modify or even physically touch the hardware.
February 4, 2016
Many businesses rely heavily on a WAN (wide area network) for processing transactions, providing visibility and enabling collaboration, especially when they operate in multiple locations or branches. Some of these organizations are finding that the load exceeds the capabilities of their existing infrastructure. Rather than replace existing networks or adding new bandwidth, many savvy organizations are opting for installation of Cisco’s intelligent WAN, also known as iWAN.
December 26, 2015
The Threat is Real: Incidents of corporate hacking are common. Not Just Your Bottom Line: Your customer’s data is affected. Security is in our DNA: We architect your solution to be secure. Partner With Us: Prevent malicious acts with expert design.
August 7, 2015
In today’s data centers, agility is the primary goal, and yet one of the most difficult to achieve. With a never-ending list of initiatives and competing requirements, on top of simply trying to keep up with SLAs, complex workflows and increasing costs, it’s no wonder that IT departments are overwhelmed. To meet this goal of increased agility, your storage has to accomplish the following…