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Microsoft Azure : Your Data Center Without Boundaries

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There has been a lot written about Microsoft Azure from a technical perspective, but many of our customers still struggle with the essential question of, “What can I do with Azure?” Sure, many know that websites can be staged in Azure or that virtual machines can be deployed in Azure. Beyond that, most folks have no idea what else Azure offers in terms of services or solutions. This post will challenge you to think of Azure as your data center – an extension of your on-premises services – without boundaries! 

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Telemedicine: Much More Than Remote Diagnosis

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From a clinical perspective, modern medicine often borders on the miraculous. From a business perspective, however, it’s another story.

Hospitals, clinics and other medical practices are under tremendous pressure to be profitable despite escalating costs and downward pressure on pricing. Mandated by the Affordable Care Act, the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program puts further financial pressure on practitioners to get things right the first time. So practices of all kinds must aggressively find ways to achieve better results for less money.

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Cisco Live 2015: Overcoming Network Complexity with Cisco’s APIC-EM Platform

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I was at Cisco Live 2015 this year and had the opportunity to learn about Cisco’s APIC-EM platform, or Application Policy Infrastructure Controller Enterprise Module. In short, it helps manage end-to-end Quality of Service (QoS) and perform-per-flow QoS, in addition to a few other jobs. Ultimately though, it’s another venture by automation software to address what we as engineers struggle with: Can we, as humans, consistently manage some portion of our operating environment when implementation of a feature is inconsistent across equipment?

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Cisco Live 2015: Unveiling the “Data Center in a Box”

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When it comes to trade show bucket lists, Cisco Live 2015 was the last of the majors that I’d yet to attend, so I was more than excited to finally cross it off.

As a Solution Architect within the server storage practice, I was entrusted to work the CDW booth and handle inquiries around our Flexpod display. Foot traffic was brisk, and I had a lot of conversations around the Flexpod Express (Cisco UCS Mini/NetApp FAS/VMware) design we were demonstrating, as well as how it fits into the remote office/data center in a box solution set.

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Hosted Voice versus Unified Communications as a Service: What’s Best for Your Company?

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Many people believe hosted voice and Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) are the same thing. I suppose you could argue they’re similar, and certainly Hosted Voice is a component of UCaaS since you can’t have UCaaS without a dial tone. However, I think there are several differences. When considering moving away from an on-premises phone system (or any system for that matter), customers must look at the risks and rewards, along with the use cases of doing one versus another. My colleagues and I are finding there are many different reasons customers are looking into moving their communications systems to the cloud. 

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Cisco WebEx Goes to School

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So-called digital natives are transforming society as they infuse technology into every aspect of life, from commerce to social relationships. But nowhere is their impact greater than in higher education, where they account for 100 percent of the student body — as well as a growing percentage of faculty and administrative staff. 

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Five Key Benefits of Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)

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In these days of limited resources – often both staff and budget – IT shops are looking for technology that offers more flexibility and ease of management. Enter the virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). VDI is the practice of hosting a desktop operating system within a virtual machine (VM) running on a centralized server. The desktop images can then be accessed by different types of devices such as desktop, laptops, thin clients and mobile devices. 

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Cisco Live 2015: Video Collaboration with an Easy Button

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CDW is on premise at Cisco Live. One of the biggest trends we are seeing is that users are clamoring for video collaboration and there’s a bit of “shadow IT” going on in some departments. Unfortunately, the experience is poor, systems aren’t working well together and you need a broad solution covering use cases including mobile, personal and meeting situations.

Enter CDW and our Cloud Collaboration platform with our newest service, Video Registration (CCC-VR). With CCC-VR, the cloud is riding to the rescue to deliver your organization the video collaboration experiences your users need to gain productivity, communicate easily and efficiently, as well as keep your costs down by side-stepping significant infrastructure investments.  

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Video Conferencing in the Courtroom: Opportunities and Challenges

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Courts face a variety of challenges, including tight budgets, an increasingly diverse population and, of course, the task of meting out fair, timely justice on a daily basis.

Video conferencing can help with these challenges in several ways:

  • Remote arraignment reduces transportation costs and avoids scheduling delays by letting courts conduct routine proceedings while a defendant is at a detention or correctional facility.
  • Remote expert testimony cuts costs and widens the net of knowledgeable individuals who can participate in courtroom proceedings from any location.
  • Remote interpretation helps courts cope with federal language diversity mandates at lower cost by allowing them to enlist skilled, offsite interpreters.