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.
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.
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.
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.
WAN optimization technology is becoming more strategic to application delivery as IT organizations become more dependent on the WAN for delivery of applications and services to remote users. In initial trials many IT organizations deployed this technology to a few key locations to solve bandwidth or latency challenges. The main selection criteria were around the core features such as data compression and application response time improvements. These days IT organizations realize that WAN Optimization is an integral part of an application delivery network and they realize that they need to look beyond the original selection criteria and consider how it fits in their network architecture when planning a network-wide deployment. Let’s take a look at some of the important considerations when choosing a solution for improving application delivery.
Early WAN Optimization solutions delivered applications over tunnels that obscured traffic from reporting and monitoring tools. These days IT organizations need a solution that is transparent to the network and doesn’t interfere with routing architectures and doesn’t interfere with services and security on the network.