Softchoice Services Makes a Splash at CiscoPlus

Softchoice was recently an exhibitor at the annual CiscoPlus (formerly known as Cisco Networkers) technology conference and tradeshow in Toronto.

It was a great opportunity for us to share our perspectives on how we can help our customers build better businesses through Softchoice Services, and also a great way to see old friends, colleagues and partners.

Our theme was “Accelerating Your Cisco Architecture with Softchoice Services,” so we complemented that with an Indy car racing background (you’ll see in the video below), and we hosted discussion areas around Borderless Networks, Data Center, Unified Collaboration and Keystone Managed Services. In keeping with the theme, we also had a very popular Indy Racing Game so participants could test out their Indy racing form, in preparation for our draw for two tickets to the Toronto Honda Indy in July. [Read more…]

How to manage Apple in a Microsoft World

New devices and OS adoption in the enterprise is booming. In one example, one of the largest premium Exchange hosting providers discovered that 57% of ActiveSync activations were to iPhones and 21% were to iPads. Apple’s Mac Business sales grew 51% at the end of 2011. You are likely looking to accommodate these devices in your organization if you aren’t already. What you may not know is how well all of these devices can work with your Microsoft network and applications.

Did you know that over the last few releases Apple has added the following features: DFS Support, Profile Server, Captive Network Detection, Cisco VPN… to name a few? Did you know that you can use Microsoft System Center 2012 platform Configuration Manager to manage your mobile devices? [Read more…]

Video collaboration: a vision for driving the next big wave [Cisco]


It’s a startling number to fathom but this is where we’re headed: 90% of internet traffic will be in video form by 2013. Think about it. That’s a ton of YouTube views, a whole lot of Cisco TelePresence and WebEx meetings, scads of Skype chats, and heaps of online TV and movies.

How did we get here? Well, video communication and collaboration is where we’ve been headed for a while – as businesses and as consumers – even if we didn’t quite know it ten or 20 years ago. A picture, it’s said, is worth a thousand words. That’s because, at our core, we’re visual creatures – we respond better and retain more when we see rather than read words on a page or on a screen.

But it’s still taken some time for the technology to catch up to where we wanted to be. So we emailed and texted and tweeted and called (remember landlines?) because that’s what the technology and bandwidth capacity allowed. If video killed the radio star back in the 1980s, you might say a new kind of video did a bang-up job of slowing down network capacity throughout the 2000s. [Read more…]