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The Right Network Helps Cut Costs by 50 Percent

Here's an interesting case study of the right network deployed for a sleep disorder clinic. Located in the metropolitan Phoenix area, Valley Sleep Center was looking to expand from two to five locations within a year. Struggling with slow VPN connections and an outdated phone system, the company decided to upgrade its network. The result? A 50% reduction in costs. See how upgrading to the right network benefited their bottom line.

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New User Interfaces in Cars - flashy but are they safe?

Up until recently I was an owner of a hybrid car from one of the leading car manufacturers. The mechanical side of the car was good but I always had some serious doubts about the car's cockpit. In particular, the touch screen mounted squarely in the middle of the dashboard, presumably to be equally accessible to the driver and the front passenger.

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Predictions for Social Media in 2012

January 4, 2012 at 11:23 am PST

My colleague Peter recently wrote a great blog about Thomas Edison’s predictions for 2011, which he made in 1911. While Edison didn’t predict Social Media, I thought it would be interesting to post some predictions on the subject for 2012 from an article on socialmediaexaminer.com --  and the predictions’ possible influence on our blog: Read More »

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Location, Location, Data Center Location

January 4, 2012 at 10:00 am PST

I spent a recent weekend helping a friend load his belongings into a moving van, in preparation for relocating his family from California to Texas.  Sometime between lifting my end of a sofa and carrying boxes that apparently contained his collection of concrete blocks, we talked about his search for a new home.

Although there are certain amenities he would like his new house to have, the biggest influence on his choice of residence is the old real estate axiom location, location, location.  He has a child in preschool and a good job, so you can guess his priorities:  something near a highly rated school, not too far from work and where property values are apt to rise over time.

Location is a critical consideration for Data Centers, too, although for different reasons.  Read More »

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Broadband and Commerce are Booming in South America

By Howard Baldwin, Contributing Columnist

While the European and United States economies struggle with mounting debt, there’s an encouraging success story south of the equator; one that combines infrastructure improvement, broadband deployment, and thriving commerce.

According to the findings in a white paper entitled Latin American Economic Outlook 2012 -- jointly produced by the Economic Commission for Latin America and The Caribbean (ECLAC) and the Development Centre of the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) -- between 2000 and 2007, public debt in Latin America

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