In Cisco Data Center 2011-Texas, you hear a lot about the pursuit of Gold LEED certification for our new Texas Data Center 2 (DC2) facility. But while people who design and support buildings may be familiar with LEED, not all who design and support IT networks are. Here’s a quick primer and some thoughts on what LEED certification means to our IT organization.
Introducing a new industry standard takes time, patience, and persistence. But adopting one can take courage. Customers often have concerns about the deployment of pre-standard product, how complete the standard really is, the availability of solutions, the insertion into long-term roadmaps, whether the benefits outweigh the risks for early adoption, and most importantly, knowing when to invest. When considering the implementation of a Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) solution, the Cisco IT group has decided that the investment time is now, and we’re already starting to realize the benefits this technology can bring.
As described in my contact center upgrade post, Cisco recently upgraded the Cisco Unified Intelligent Contact Management Enterprise (ICME) and Cisco Unified Communications Manager (UCM) systems that serve our contact centers to software Release 8.
Here are the top lessons we learned from this activity and the recommendations I would offer to Cisco customers who are planning a similar upgrade.
Calling on your mobile in the office, and seeing the bill at the end of the month, makes you wish you could use your mobile on your office phone network. In my last blog (“Dual-mode phones: Challenges for an Enterprise Deployment“) I described how dual mode phones can provide that, by connecting to your office phone network via wireless LAN (802.11 wireless) whenever free wireless Internet access is available to let you do that.
The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported the period January through July 2010 as the warmest on record for average global land and ocean temperatures. In August 2010, a piece of Greenland broke off and formed a floating ice island four times the size of Manhattan. With IT organizations around the world focused on the challenges of protecting the environment and reducing costs associated with power and cooling, why would Cisco choose a notoriously warm area such as Texas to build a new, planet-friendly data center?