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Data Center Newsletter: Branch IT Consolidation: Why and How

For more of the latest content from the Data Center teams, please check out the full version of the Data Center Newsletter.

By Mark Weiner, Data Center Solutions Marketing

Enterprises and public sector organizations alike continue to distribute their workers into branch offices. The reasons include real estate savings, flexibility to hire geographically, and better interaction with customers and partners. While the business advantages are clear, so are related IT challenges, including increased operating costs and complex management of servers and storage distributed across multiple sites…

 

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Build it Right the First Time

We’ve recently embarked on an logical extension of the Advanced Services we’ve been providing for efficiency assessments for the last 24 months.  Our Facilities Design Specification Service is uncovering some interesting new approaches to energy efficient data center design.  Since you only get a very finite window of opportunity to make changes to an environment like a data center, modeling is key.

We use 6sigma from Future Facilities for highly detailed thermal modeling and good old Visio for everything else.  However, we are using with great success an intermediary application, Google SketchUp. Hats off and many thanks to the Google crew for giving this incredibly powerful yet simple tool away.  While we do use the pro version, most of our customers can use the free version to simply convey design intent.  Say goodbye to whiteboards.

You may have already used it and most likely have seen the 3D buildings in Google Earth.

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Cisco at the Intel Developer’s Forum

September 18, 2009 at 12:00 pm PST

 

Intel Developer’s Forum kicks off next week, so if you will be there, swing by and chat with our folks at booth (#401).  As Kirk Skaugen points out, Cisco and Intel actually have a long-lasting relationship that goes back many years and we continue to collaborate closely in areas like UCS and virtualization.

At the booth, you can see demos of UCS, the Cisco Developers Network, and a collection of our smart folks if you want to pick their brains on a number of topics.  Outside of the booth, we have a couple of speaking sessions. Ed Bugnion will we presenting a keynote on “Designing the Next Generation Data Center” (Sep 22, 10:15am, Room 2003) and participating on a panel on the “Future of Cloud Computing” (Sep 22, 5:00pm, Room 2007).

Finally, the Cisco SmartGrid folks will also have a booth there--you can find out more about SmartGrid here.

 

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Branch IT Consolidation: Five Golden Rules

You’ve seen the problem, or maybe you’re dealing with it now: bloated branch offices make for inconsistent services and unnecessary risk  You want to centralize data to make it more available, redundant, and secure… but at the same time, you’ve got to meet the needs of increasingly demanding remote users.

 

 

 

So I invite you to join on September 24 our team of Cisco experts (Data Center expert Steve Phillips and the Cisco WAN Optimization expert Noam Syrkin ) for this special edition of the Techwise TV  dedicated to branch consolidation

Pre-register now to receive access to the full show when it’s released on 9/24/2009.

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Clarifying Internal Cloud versus Private Cloud

Many companies are rapidly evolving toward cloud computing, though from different starting points and not without debate as to the best direction or computing model. For example, advocates of public cloud computing sometimes advise not owning any software or hardware or employing any IT administrators and instead relying on professional providers of IT applications, platforms, infrastructure, and services.

On the other side of the debate are those who have spent years building IT infrastructures, whose concerns must be addressed since reliability, security, SLAs, and interoperability will determine the success of the various cloud computing models within the enterprise.

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