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All That and More

Wow. According to a recent Forbes article, there could be 9.5 billion people on the planet by the year 2075. Think how much energy will be generated by that kind of world population. This puts the emphasis on energy-efficient technologies in a whole new light. Technologies, like switches that reduce power consumption, can save businesses money. But so far, it’s not enough to outweigh the other critical factors small businesses seek: resiliency, easy configuration, and zero packet loss. That’s why the Cisco Small Business 500 Series switches are a home run.

A recent study by Miercom, a network consultancy, specializing in networking and communications-related product testing and analysis, favorably compared the Cisco SF500, SG500, and SG500X series of switches with similar products offered by HP, D-Link, and Netgear. The overall findings with regard to the Cisco 500 series switches:

  • Easiest to configure and implement; highest capacity and scalability of configuration parameters including VLANs, MACs, ACLs, and IP routes
  • Best resiliency when subjected to a DoS attack
  • More efficient in terms of overall energy consumption, and the energy saving capabilities, plus more economical when measured using normalized pricing based on price per gigabit and price per PoE watt
  • Forwarded line rate full mesh traffic at all frame sizes with zero packet loss
  • Most extensive support for IPv6 transitions

Nice to know that if you’re a small business looking to save money and power, you can have all that and more—without having to sacrifice other critical factors you need to keep your business running. You can read more about the results of the Miercom study here. Or, to learn more about how Cisco helps small businesses, visit www.cisco.com/go/smb.

Microsoft SQL Server on UCS : Higher Performance and Lower Cost

February 8, 2013 at 2:28 pm PST

AppBlogPicOrganizations use Cisco UCS servers to gain the power, flexibility, and management simplicity needed to meet their Microsoft SQL Server workload demands while increasing their IT agility.

Starting with standalone servers for performance and bandwidth, or connecting servers through Cisco UCS for automated configuration, simplified management, and massive I/O flexibility which provide SAN and network-attached storage (NAS) access, the pairing of Microsoft SQL Server with Cisco UCS provides business intelligence and OLTP applications exceptional connectivity to your data.

Let’s not about record-setting performance with lower cost, too! In its inaugural TPC-H™ result, Cisco asserted industry leadership in partnership with Microsoft, establishing Cisco UCS as the fastest 4-socket Intel Xeon processor– powered platform for running Microsoft SQL Server at the 1,000 GB scale factor.

Table 1 below outlines the flexibility of  SQL Server on UCS, describing various sized configurations to support your data management needs. Here you can see how our B series or C series UCS servers support small to medium organizations up to the largest of enterprises.

Table 1 -- UCS SQL Server Sample Configurations

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Want to learn more about Microsoft applications on Cisco UCS? Then please feel free to download in this new Application Solutions Brochure and see how UCS provides an optimal platform for Microsoft SQL Server, SharePoint and other leading applications.

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The We’re Listening Blog Series: Making It Easier to Do Business with Cisco by Simplifying Order Management

In this installment of the “We’re Listening” blog, Kathy Harrington, VP of Global Service Delivery, delves into actions taken by Cisco’s Order Management team to improve your order management experience.

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By Guest Contributor Kathy Harrington 

We constantly strive to achieve the best possible customer experience in every part of our business. As customers and partners, you’ve told us you want Cisco’s order management process to be less complicated, more efficient, and take less time. Your feedback is taken seriously and has resulted in several improvements to ensure placing a product or service order with Cisco is fast and simple. Read More »

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A Closer Look: Utica Community Schools Enables Anytime, Anywhere Learning

After the great success of our last K-12 webinar, it’s clear there’s a lot of interest in how mobile devices and wireless technology can play a key role in K-12 schools.

In my last post, I mentioned that I spent some time with the Utica Community School system in Utica,MI observing how they have implemented a Cisco Wireless Network solution for their schools. We now have a video case study which is listed here.

In this video, the Utica Community Schools Superintendent, Dr. Christine Johns discusses how the school system views the importance of creating a collaborative classroom which is enabled through Cisco wireless technology.

John Graham, the Executive Director of Information Technology discusses requirement that the technology must be reliable and easy to deploy and maintain. He highlights the ease of deployment with the Cisco solution including the Cisco Aironet 2600 while also providing some insight into the importance of some of Cisco’s Technology solutions such as CleanAir and Clientlink that are essential to operating a high density wireless network that is reliable on a day to day basis.

Lastly, Craig Mathias from the Farpoint Group, who recently published a white paper on the needs of the Mid-Market wireless networks  was invited to observe the network in action. Read More »

Five Myths of Telepresence Debunked!

The wide adoption and interest in telepresence has made it the target for some of the greatest myths in technology today. To respect your time, I thought it would be best to recap the five most common that I hear.

Myth #1. “It’s unaffordable and only for the enterprise”

Telepresence offers an easy and dynamic way for dispersed teams to innovate, troubleshoot and collaborate in real-time and is affordable for companies of just about any size. The development of technologies, especially via the cloud, is making the benefits of telepresence accessible to businesses around the globe. Smaller organizations are rapidly realizing the business value and rapid ROI that telepresence solutions offer and are integrating this with their broader collaboration strategy.

Myth #2. “Web-based consumer services are good enough”

Consumer-grade video services fall short of what businesses need in a video solution in several key areas, including security, quality, flexibility and feature richness. Consumer video suppliers have always promised lifelike experiences, but the reality is most solutions offer poor image and audio quality that are likely to be fuzzy and jerky. While this is generally acceptable to consumers because it’s low-cost or free, it’s not a plausible solution for conducting business.

Myth #3. “Software vs. hardware”

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