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Building Out or Refreshing Your Data Center? Consider Converged Infrastructure as a Solution

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 The IT industry is full of acronyms and buzzwords (as those of us in the profession are sometimes painfully aware.). Many of these are constantly evolving in definition (e.g., “the cloud”). There is also a never-ending supply of new technology and processes, all of which we struggle to define. As a result, we end up having new terminologies that we expect our customers to immediately know and accept. An example of this – and the primary topic of this post – is the term “converged infrastructure.” 

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Kajeet: Overcoming the K–12 Digital Divide with Education Broadband

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Serving as a classroom teacher, school administrator and chief technology officer over the course of 14 years, I’ve seen the emergence of classroom instruction combined with self-directed online study. Blended learning, as it is called, is gaining in popularity. In fact, recent statistics show that more than half of sixth- through 12th-grade students complete online homework assignments on a weekly basis. 

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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.