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Is WAN Optimization the Answer to Today’s IT Dilemma?

In today’s challenging economy many customers are asking how they can reduce IT costs while responding to increasing demands for IT services? What do you do in tough economic times when you need to lower branch office IT spending but at the same time you need to provide new productivity tools to branch office workers? Your branch offices are where your customers come to do business so your branch office workers need IT resources that let them conduct business efficiently. In the past the answer was to install distributed computing systems in each branch office. These days that solution is costly to implement and to maintain, especially with reduced IT staffing. Many organizations are moving applications to the data center, to reduce IT costs and gain better control over data, but that means greater demands are being put on the WAN, which impacts application performance. At the same time organizations want to ramp up their use of VoIP to extend the reach of their telephone network and bring costs down, but VoIP is especially sensitive to network congestion. So what should they do?

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IBM and Cisco Help Customers Adopt FCoE for Unified Fabric

July 22, 2009 at 12:00 pm PST

So, we continue to see traction with customers for Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) because IT organizations are beginning to understand both immediate benefits through reduced capital and operating costs (a big incentive in today’s economy) and the longer term advantages as they continue to virtualize their data centers. Cisco already has over 900 customers deploying the Nexus 5000 switch and today IBM announced that its Systems and Technology Group (STG) will re-sell the Cisco Nexus 5000 switch as part of its new Data Center Networking portfolio.

image Here’s what Barry Rudolph, VP, IBM Storage has to say: “Networking is an important element in highly virtualized and Cloud computing environments. By working with market leaders like Cisco, IBM aims to provide choice and flexibility in providing dynamic infrastructures and world class solutions and services for our customers.”

This agreement with IBM extends Cisco’s ability to support our customers’ goals to deploy a unified fabric with converged networks, and expands Cisco’s routes to market. As the pioneer and market leader in FCoE technology for converging networks into a unified fabric, Cisco offers IBM customers innovative technology coupled with investment protection. Read More »

WAN Optimization and Application Acceleration Case Study – Consumer Products Company Sony Ericsson

Imagine being tasked with drastically reducing costs of branch IT operations across 80 countries, while ensuring 5,000 geographically dispersed employees have consistent LAN-like access to accounting, enterprise planning, product life-cycle management (PLM) software, video, and document management applications. Paul Stephens, Head of Network Services for Corporate IT at Sony Ericsson, doesn’t have to imagine it -- he lives it. Read More »

Unified Computing System: Bucking the Neigh-sayers

July 16, 2009 at 12:00 pm PST

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“The horse is here to stay but the automobile is only a novelty—a fad.” The president of the Michigan Savings Bank advising Henry Ford’s lawyer not to invest in the Ford Motor Co., 1903.

“If I’d asked people what they wanted, they would have asked for a faster horse” Attributed to Henry Ford

Its been quite interesting to watch the analysis of Google’s Chrome OS over the last few days. Will Google pull it off? Who knows, but, regardless, of whether they do or not, they have permanently changed the conversation. Even if the fail, the horizon has been permanently redefined and someone will eventually be successful. The interesting part is how much of the analysis has missed the market transition. It seems Google is planning on delivering the first internet-centric operating system. Analysts or competitors who are trying to compare Chrome OS to current desktop-centric operating systems are simply missing the point--Google is not about delivering a better horse, they are focused on what’s coming next.

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From Bastille Day to Virtualization &Unified Computing

July 14, 2009 at 12:00 pm PST

image Prise de la Bastille, by Jean-Pierre-Louis-Laurent Houel”On 5 May 1789, (the King) Louis XVI convened the Estates-General to hear their grievances. The deputies of the Third Estate representing the common people (the two others were the Church and nobility) decided to break away and form a National Assembly. On 20 June the deputies of the Third Estate took the Tennis Court Oath, swearing not to separate until a constitution had been established. They were gradually joined by delegates of the other estates; Louis started to recognize their validity on 27 June. The assembly re-named itself the National Constituent Assembly on 9 July, and began to function as a legislature and to draft a constitution. The people of Paris, fearful that they and their representatives would be attacked by the royal military, and seeking to gain ammunition and gunpowder for the general populace, stormed the Bastille (on July 14th) , a fortress-prison in Paris which had often held people jailed on the basis of lettres de cachet, arbitrary royal indictments that could not be appealed.The storming of the Bastille was more important as a rallying point and symbolic act of rebellion than a practical act of defiance. “(source :Wikepedia)Revolutions happened and happen in all areas of our world -- Some of them are violent -- Lot of them are soft -But all of them are disruptive and bring new hopes. They create a new dynamic where more creativity and more freedom can emerge. Virtualization and Unified Computing are certainly part of these disruptive models Read More »