More with less: supporting the expansion of Unified Communications

More with less: supporting the expansion of Unified Communications

Any discussion of unified communications begins by looking at the struggles IT organizations face today, says Wiam Girgis, Softchoice Senior Solutions Architect.

That’s because, he notes, unified communications solutions—the integration of voice, video, mobility and presence services across endpoints, devices, and applications—are helping organizations to overcome some of today’s most significant challenges, in particular doing more with less.

“Many organizations are trying to expand their business while containing or reducing expenses,” he notes. “Many businesses have remote workers or are looking to expand customer service across multiple geographic locations, so the need for unified communications becomes more important.”

And, like compute and storage, organizations are moving communications to the cloud to seek flexibility and efficiency. Because of this, Girgis adds, “Businesses are finding appeal in solutions that take their communications far beyond the dial tone.”

This blog is part of a three-part Cisco ‘Ask an Expert’ series that looks at how hybrid IT is influencing the technology topics of the network, data center, and unified communications. We discuss with Girgis the benefits of unified communications, but also look at the challenges organizations face around successfully deploying unified communications (UC) solutions on their networks.

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Avoiding the bottleneck: The impact of hybrid IT on your network

Avoiding the bottleneck: The impact of hybrid IT on your network

“Whether it’s a “cloud-first” start-up looking at their own infrastructure needs or a more mature company slowly moving to the cloud, every business today is embracing hybrid IT in one form or another,” says Alexandra Della Sera, Softchoice Associate Solution Architect.

Still, as with any new technology, organizations possess significantly varied levels of familiarity, she adds. “Just closing that knowledge gap tends to be a big challenge. Understanding what the impact of a converged architecture will be, but also why you’re doing it and why it’s valuable.”

This blog is the first in a three-part Cisco ‘Ask an Expert’ series looking at how hybrid IT is influencing the technology topics of the network, data center, and unified communications. We asked Della Sera to share her insights into the challenges that hybrid IT places on the network, the considerations organizations must make, and how to deploy hybrid IT successfully.

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IBM Storwize V5000: Affordable Flash Storage for Entry-level and Mid-Sized Datacenters

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Time to make room for Flash storage in your datacenter

Flash storage is standard in enterprise companies. It’s faster and more efficient than traditional spinning hard drives. Despite their high speed and outstanding performance, smaller organizations have been slow to adopt Flash storage due to their costs versus hard disk drives (HDD). [Read more…]