Let’s Be Frank Episode 2: Feeling Disconnected

Dear Frank,
Recently, my company has added some branches across the country – which is great because we’re growing. But I’ve never been a fan of long-distance relationships. We try and keep in touch with co-workers, but the phone can be expensive and email just isn’t providing the intimacy we need to feel connected. How can I put the spark back into our (long-distance) relationship?
Feeling Disconnected

Dear Feeling Disconnected,
Unified Communications and Collaboration (UC&C) have become the standard form of staying connected for companies large and small. Network transport costs have continued to decline in cost and quality continues to improve. So let’s be Frank and talk about how we can take advantage of this.

To begin with, let’s look at video. A lot of UC&C systems offer video end-point to end-point calling out of the box. Imagine your branch manager talking to the operations manager face-to-face without traveling. How powerful is that? For meetings larger than two, [Read more…]

Let’s Be Frank Episode 1: Mobily Challenged

Dear Frank,
The users in my organization have a variety of mobile devices, everything from Blackberries to iPhones to laptops and iPads. How do I ensure a secure, mobile experience for them no matter what device they are on?
From, Mobily Challenged

Dear Mobily Challenged,
This is a common question that I get from almost every customer. “How do I balance the demands of my users with the security of my network?” More and more, personal mobile devices are making their way into the corporate environment, and the lines are getting blurry between devices and access. Luckily for you, the technology world is keeping up with these demands. Secure Socket Layer (SSL) and Virtual Private Network (VPN) technologies have given many organizations the ability to [Read more…]

Why your data center needs to be more like a condo

In a condo, tenants each have control over their own units (access, decor, furniture) but at the same time they are sharing resources such as the pool, security, gym and landscaping.

They get a lot more, but at a fraction of the cost, compared to if they had to invest in those amenities on their own.

The same thing is now happening at the server, networking and storage level of the data center. Sharing hardware resources means you can do more with less, but you still maintain the security and control required at the application level.

Today’s traditional IT model suffers from resources located in different, unrelated silos—leading to low utilization, gross inefficiency, and an inability to respond quickly to changing business needs. Enterprise servers reside in one area of the data center, with network switches and storage arrays in another. Traditionally, guaranteeing application isolation requires dedicated, isolated hardware. Secure multi-tenancy enables you to partition a virtualized, shared infrastructure. Data is securely isolated, and workload performance is maintained.

The current separation of servers, networks, and storage between different business units is commonly divided by physical server rack and a separate network. By deploying an Enhanced Secure Multi-Tenancy virtual IT-as-a-service, each business unit benefits from the transparency of the virtual environment as it still “looks and feels” the same as a traditional, all physical topology.

If you would like to learn more about this topic, please watch my 2 minute augmented reality video. I’ll provide you with an overview into this new technology, from the palm of your hand. You need to download the PDF symbol, and ensure that your web-cam is set up.


Your data center: are you using it to its full potential?

Much like the human brain, the typical data center uses only a fraction of its potential, with servers running at about 10% of their actual capacity. Imagine if we could turn that number around! In this issue of the Advisor we highlight how virtualization is creating new opportunities to optimize the data center. Whether it’s at the desktop or server level, choosing the right strategy will unlock greater savings and efficiencies.

Here are some things you should think about: [Read more…]