We’re in November now, so of course it’s getting chilly outside -- even here in California! This means the holidays are right around the corner and retailers are gearing up for their busiest time of year. A growing trend these days is that more than half of holiday shoppers with smartphones plan to use these devices while shopping (53.8%, National Retail Federation). What better motivation for retailers to increase sales in all of their stores this season than by enhancing customers’ shopping experience with something like Facebook?
On the other side of town unfortunately, the holiday season goes hand-in-hand with the sniffling and coughing brought on by the winter cold and flu season. As usual, doctors will expect an influx of patients in their offices in the coming months. IT staff at hospitals need to prepare for the increased medical data traversing through the network and beyond.
Cisco UCS E-series on the ISR-AX is a consolidated solution in a single platform. With this solution, retailers can virtualize and host POS, video surveillance, and other applications. Doctors in medical offices of any size can focus on taking care of their patients rather than worry about the network slowing them down.
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Tags: facebook, healthcare, insidebranch, ISR, ISR-AX, mobile, point of sale, retail, UCS, UCS-E Series, virtualization
The Cloud Services Router 1000V continues to gain momentum as the virtualized routing and VPN platform for securely connecting your users and branch offices to the cloud. There are a number of public cloud providers offering different levels of functionality at different prices and selecting the right one that meets your needs can be a daunting task. After all, you are placing your most valuable asset, your IT services, in the hands of a third party so selecting the right one is almost like selecting a nanny for your child. Do you go with someone new and dynamic or someone who is more experienced with a good reputation? Beyond selecting a cloud provider you need to think about how to integrate the cloud with your existing network. Some of the questions to consider: Read More »
Tags: Cisco, Cloud services router 1000v, routers, virtualized routing, vpn
For me, Halloween, October 31st, marks the start of the joyful holiday season. Continuing onto Thanksgiving and Christmas, this time of year is full of family, friends and relaxation.
For retailers on the other hand, today (technically tomorrow) is the start of a very busy season. According to NRF (National Retail Federation), it is when retailers get as much as 20-40%* of their sales of the year. Retailers are measured by multiple factors including sales per square feet. That means, real estate in a store is very valuable. Every foot, no, inch counts.
This is where Hugo comes in to discuss this very topic with John Flood, another UCS E-Series expert. How does UCS E-Series help save space and money for retailers? Help save time for banks?
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Tags: Cisco, insidebranch, UCS-E Series
Needle and thread. Fire and wood. Peanut butter and jelly. Just a few things that are essential together so that you can sew, keep warm and well, is just yummy. So what happens when the data center-class server blade for the branch meets applications? That’s the topic discussed in the 2nd episode of the Inside the Branch: UCS E-series episodes.
Last week was the series premier of our 5 part series on UCSE. Hugo and Jay discussed the basics of the product and some key facts we should know. In this episode, Hugo met with Vidya, our guru in charge of Cisco applications for UCSE.
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Tags: Cisco, enterprise networks, insidebranch, ISR, ISR G2, UCS, UCS-E Series, UCSE
How do we evolve the IT architecture to enable an ever-increasing set of services while multiple MegaTrends are rapidly transforming the environment? How do you deliver the best possible experience to your users and applications while maintaining agility and keeping cost under control?
Today, in my first blog after the summer break, I’d like to start exploring a topic which is critical to building this new architecture supporting current and upcoming Megatrends – and which can be seen as a Megatrend itself as well: Software Defined Networking (SDN) and the Cisco Open Network Environment (ONE) strategy and architecture.
Bruno Klauser, Consulting Engineer in my team has been focusing on Network Programmability and network-embedded automation for some time – and is currently working with many of the early adopters across EMEAR.
Q: Bruno, with Software Defined Networking being an increasingly popular discussion topic we’re hearing a lot of of comments -- from “nothing new at all” to “complete revolution of IT” – what, if anything, is different from how we built solutions in the past? Read More »
Tags: Cisco, Cisco ONE, Megatrends, onePK