Archive for: January 2015

How the Network Now Defines the Data Center

Within today’s modern data center and when it comes to the strategic importance and business value of the data center network, there is actually a pretty big disconnect. Even with momentum building behind the software-driven data center (SDDC) and software-driven services, applications and networks are often ships in the night. In many cases they are designed, built, deployed, and managed separately, as discrete entities.

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How can you accommodate everyone’s mobile productivity needs?

As more and more employees in your organization use mobile devices for work, you’ll need to support a larger variety of user and enterprise requirements. Your sales team members might need only email, calendar, contacts and the occasional use of a browser from smartphones. Meanwhile, your marketing group might require a full desktop environment with a number of enterprise applications running on laptops.

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Polycom’s Top 7 Workplace of the Future Predictions for 2015

Work will not be a place you go…: The way we work is changing. Collaboration technologies are ushering in a next generation workplace that is more productive, efficient and delivers meaningful cost savings to organizations of all sizes across the globe. 

With new, more advanced mobile devices giving employees the freedom to work from anywhere, these technologies will only continue to reshape the look and feel of the “office.” As such, Polycom is unveiling its top seven technology predictions for 2015 and beyond that they believe will transform how we work now and in the future.

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Is It Time for the Data Center to See the Light? – EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet (blog)

Deployment of active optical cable (AOC) is on the rise in data center cabling and is expected to maintain an upward trajectory in the coming years. According to market research firm LightCounting, 10 GbE SFP+ AOCs now accounts for a quarter of the overall market, driven primarily by substantial growth in the data center over the past decade or so. Going forward, throughput exceeding 100 G and even 400 G, along with core switching interconnectivity, is expected to push today’s $100 million market to more than $260 million by the end of the decade.

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Video Tour: Google Data Center in South Carolina

Providing a rare look inside its data center operations, Google recently posted a video describing its data center in Berkeley County, South Carolina, including descriptions of the facility’s cooling system and security measures.

The company announced it would build the South Carolina data center in 2007. Including an expansion project in 2013, Google’s total investment in the site amounts to $1.2 billion.

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Understanding Application Containers and OS-Level Virtualization

Let’s imagine for a minute that you have a commonly used virtual hosting environment. Within that environment you have to securely segment your physical resources between lots of users. The users must be segmented on the virtual environment and have their own “virtual space.”

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EMC Leaps To IT as a Service: Redefining the Organizational Model

In redefining our IT organization at EMC, we brought in consultants to bridge the old IT world with the new, devised a fresh strategy and workstreams to execute on our roadmap, and used added insights about our customers to define wins for IT.  We still were struggling with several organizational components; we had not taken the leap fully into a services-based organizational structure.  We had to address how teams worked together.  Each group had its own goals and objectives, and what was important to our end customer was too often getting lost in the “interlock.”

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External hard drives? Pfah! Samsung just launched external SSDs

It took longer than expected, but Samsung is expanding its product line to include external solid-state drives with a new line of Portable SSD T1 products. The lightweight drives have capacities of up to 1TB and are small enough to fit in your pocket. They’re significantly more expensive than magnetic hard drives, though, which come in capacities of up to 6TB.

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A managed workspace is a secure workspace

Supporting an expanding mobility program or bring-your-own-device (BYOD) initiative can quickly become a complex undertaking for your IT group. As administrators try to stay afloat, managing and supporting a diverse array of device types, operating systems, applications, user policies and more, security can be put at risk.

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