Know your network: Softchoice’s Network Discovery Assessment

Knowing the status of your network assets can greatly improve business up-time and help you anticipate issues long before they occur. That’s why we created Softchoice’s Network Discovery Assessment – an end-to-end process designed to give you practical, actionable insights into the most complicated networking challenges.

Step 1: Discovery
It all begins with inventory. Either by leveraging your existing network management investments or by deploying one of several network discovery options, Softchoice collects, organizes and presents a digestible overview of your network from top to bottom.

Step 2: Analysis & issue identification
Next we uncover the status of your maintenance coverage, the lifecycle of network devices and any other equipment and configuration issues. We focus on the areas that require attention without subjecting you to “analysis paralysis.” With Softchoice Axis, our online IT Asset Management portal, understanding the complexities of your network has never been easier.

Step 3: Recommend and act
Once we identify the issues affecting your network, the next step is to act on the findings. Whether you want to do this yourself, or you’re looking for help from an on-site resource, Softchoice can help. From easing maintenance management, charting equipment replacement strategies or optimizing your network, Softchoice can design, deliver and even deploy the right solution for you.

Discover your options
The first step is speaking with a Softchoice representative to find out if this web-based assessment is right for you. Get in touch today to request a discovery call with one of our technology experts.

UCS Express: Converging computing, virtualization and network platform for the branch office [Cisco]

Data center consolidation and server virtualization have gone a long way in reducing costs and complexity in organizations’ IT systems, not to mention displacing a lot of traditional branch-office infrastructure. But these dual and interrelated trends haven’t completely led to full application centralization, in large part because of inherent speed and reliability limitations of the WAN that affect the quality of user experience, as well as concerns over privacy and access with data being stored outside the branch office.

 In short, a variety of performance, availability and compliance concerns have meant that some applications – including core Windows services, mission-critical business applications and client management services – can’t leave the branch office.

 But while branch office infrastructure isn’t going away, that doesn’t mean it can’t evolve or that new solutions aren’t being introduced to reduce complexity and costs and address a whole host of IT challenges in the brand office.

 What kinds of branch-office-specific challenges?

  1. The high costs associated with unused or inefficiently used physical servers, for starters, as well as performance, application availability and increased complexity. This is still a problem at the branch office, just like in the data center. Converting a branch office’s physical servers to virtual ones and running them on a virtualized platform – with each application assigned to a dedicated virtual server and all virtual servers hosted on one or two physical servers – can still substantially minimize costs. [Read more…]