In this week’s Engineers Unplugged, Frank Denneman (@FrankDenneman) and Damian Karlson (@sixfootdad) discuss parallels between VHS and traditional storage models, and how all old technology isn’t outdated. This is a great discussion about the role flash storage plays vs array. So be kind, rewind, and let’s dig into the theory behind the evolving storage models:
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I’m not sure I want my wardrobe to be smarter than I am. And I’m not sure if I want my clothes sending messages – to me, or anyone else. Actually, I’m sure. I don’t want my socks to beat me in trivia games and then brag about it on Facebook.
This whole wearable technology phenomenon has a lot of interesting and positive aspects to it. But in other areas it dives right into the world of, to put it nicely:
Just because we can, doesn’t mean we should.
We’re in the ooooh, shiny! phase of the Internet of Things where potential is everywhere, everything seems like a good idea, and many people are moving too fast to ask the important question: Should we?
In this flurry of activity companies large and small, mainstream and fringe, are realizing “hey, we can stick sensors in this thing!”
Reality check: Sensor technology is small enough now that you can put them in anything. The trick is doing it in a way that makes sense and provides a benefit that’s actually beneficial. And for some idea-generators out there, that the combination of the sensor and the function makes sense.
I’m not against the idea of wearable technology. In fact, I’m considering hopping on the fitness-wristband bandwagon. Nike or Fitbit might not talk me out of that afternoon taste of dark chocolate, but the information they provide may convince me to walk the dog as penance. Read More »
Speed is one thing that Cisco UCS and the NHL’s Minnesota Wild franchise share in common. If you have ever been to a professional hockey game you recognized and probably came to appreciate the speed, skill, and nimbleness of the players out on the ice. For Cisco UCS, speed is an attribute inherent in what we do, too – our compute business is highly competitive and requires constant, skillful, and quick innovation to deliver the best and newest in technology to our customers.
Simplify infrastructure to boost staff productivity,
Improve resource management for controlled growth
Promote sustainability to conserve resources and provide environmentally conscious facilities for clients.
Looking at their long-term goals for cloud computing, the Wild staff decided to invest in a solution based on our Unified Computing System™ (UCS®) servers with Tegile based hybrid storage solutions. In doing so, the Wild established for them a highly agile data center environment that supports their current and future cloud initiatives with a virtual desktop infrastructure solution. The end results of the I.T. transformation project for the Wild were impressive as they:
Achieved 43 percent reduction in support costs
Reduced power by 63 percent and heat output by 68 percent
Reduced data from 42TB to 17TB
Once again we see the UCS architecture delivering improved performance at lower operating costs for a Microsoft oriented environment – Dynamics and CRM. In the case of the Minnesota Wild, a small I.T. organization when compared with larger enterprise I.T. organizations, they were able to deliver significant business value to their organization and position themselves for future technology shifts. Read more about the Minnesota Wild and their Cisco UCS experience here.
In this video, Cisco Distinguished IT Engineer Jon Woolwine and I discuss Cisco IT’s approach to Network Programmability and SDN, describing some SDN-related use case solutions currently in development. Read More »