Cisco Blogs


Cisco Blog > Inside Cisco IT

8 Simple Rules For Improving A Data Center

Data Center Deconstructed reader Eric Chou writes:  Good to see the knowledge sharing Doug. I read your book on building a Data Center a few years back and it was informative on the physical infrastructure piece.  I think it would also be informative if you can share some of the experiences or creative ways to increase efficiency when there are macro environment limitations.  I mean, outside of a select few companies (Google, Amazon, Facebook, Amazon), most companies are not able to build a Data Center from the ground up, buy the cheapest land near a lake or negotiate a jaw dropping electricity rate with the local government.  What can we do when we need to house 1/2 floor of servers in a 80-year old peering exchange that assumes 2 KVA per rack when designed?

That’s a great question.  As I often tell other Data Center managers, we can make any upgrades to our server environments we want to as long as there’s no downtime or cost.  I’m joking with that comment – mostly – but it is a common scenario.  Fortunately, there are several things that can be done in a legacy Data Center to improve its efficiency and reduce the likelihood of downtime without spending much money or disrupting the environment.

Here, then, are eight simple rules for improving a Data Center.

Read More »

Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

New Cisco Study Finds that Millennials’ Workplace Demands for Flexibility Rivals Pay

Attracting new talent in the workforce is a big priority for Cisco – and I’m sure for most companies around the globe.  Companies spend significant time, money and effort to attract these new recruits, but are they prepared to keep them happy and retain them after they come onboard?

Read More »

Tags:

Collaboration is Hot … A Report from Cisco’s CIO Summit

The temperatures are soaring into the mid-90’s here in Scottsdale, but that’s not the hottest topic at Cisco’s annual CIO Summit, an exclusive forum for top CIOs. Collaboration continues to be a burning topic – one that was discussed at the breakout session I led earlier this week.

Read More »

Tags:

Identifying a Caller’s Location for Emergency Response

If someone in your corporate building makes an emergency call, will responders know where to go? Years ago a phone was always in one location, and the phone number was as good as an address for identifying where you were. With IP telephony features for mobility, and with software phones that travel with your laptop, it can be hard to identify the physical location where a call is coming from.

At Cisco, we use several approaches to providing the right location information for emergency response. And we’ve learned how a simple portion of our dial plan can have a dramatic and painful impact on our Emergency Response system. You may find these ideas helpful for configuring emergency calling and response capabilities at your own sites.

Read More »

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Collaboration is Hot … A Report from the Gartner Symposium

Collaboration is Hot … A Report from the Gartner Symposium

 

It’s fun to be back at my old stomping grounds – Orlando and Walt Disney World where I worked for 15 years, and I’m pleased to report that everything here still looks amazing!  I hope to run into some of my former colleagues – maybe even Mickey!

Read More »

Tags: