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Bizarro On My Mind

April 19, 2013 at 10:00 am PST

Saturday morning wasn’t complete for me as a kid if it didn’t include a bowl of pre-sweetened cereal and time watching cartoons.  Challenge of the Super Friends was my favorite, thanks to its unforgettable opening sequence and the chance to see Superman, Batman and other heroes overcome the latest scheme by the Legion of Doom to take over the world.

One of the Legion’s intriguing villains was Bizarro – the imperfect duplicate of Superman with the blocky white face and backwards S on his chest.  Although the writers didn’t give poor Bizarro much personality beyond bad grammar – “Me have plan destroy Super Friends!” – my friends and I enjoyed debating how his backwards, bad-means-good perspective would express itself in everyday activities. Read More »

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Cyber Security – CSO Insights

April 12, 2013 at 9:48 am PST

John Stewart, Cisco Senior Vice President and Chief Security Officer, explains how Cyber Security is at the forefront of today’s “hacktivism” campaign and becoming a popular topic not only to security professionals, but CEO’s as well. John highlights the importance of “in-memory” threats and how data is no longer on software or disk while being extremely difficult to track. The evolution of Cisco IT’s BYOD strategy is of major importance when placing security throughout a multiplicity of different devices. This new initiative is something to be optimistic about while being able to get on top of the threats in today’s “Internet of Everything.”

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Sniffing Out a Data Center’s PUE

April 10, 2013 at 10:30 am PST

Power Usage Effectiveness or PUE, is the most commonly used metric in Data Centers today.  Data Center industry organizations tout it, major companies brag about their scores, and energy efficiency certifications use it in their ratings.

Despite how thoroughly it has been embraced, though, it’s not without flaws.  In my opinion, they mostly stem from the fact that PUE is more complicated than it looks.  Although calculating the metric is a relatively straightforward exercise, the resulting score doesn’t tell you anything about the factors that influenced it.  Hence why it’s a bad idea to compare PUE among Data Centers.

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The Network is Changing the World: New Business Realities Transform Network Architecture

Understanding future demands on the network are instrumental in developing a robust and scalable network architecture. As seen below, projected growth in mobile, video, and IP traffic is staggering. Read More »

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Data Center Metrics to Mull Over

April 3, 2013 at 10:00 am PST

How well is your Data Center performing?

How do you know?

I went shopping for a car last year and was pleased to see several models equipped with real-time displays of their miles per gallon performance.  That’s a great feature, in my opinion, because it offers drivers up-to-the-moment insight into how efficiently their cars are operating.

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