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Utility centralized print and files services for 7,000 employees in 30 states with Cisco WAAS

In the human body, the network of blood vessels is 60,000-mile long or 97,000-kilometer, centralized and regulated by a sine qua non organ – the heart. That network reaches 100+ trillion cells and is responsible for delivering blood that carries oxygen and nutrients to nourish the body (Source: National Geographic). When that effortless flow is congested (either genetically or through our own doing as a result of diet and exercise) our ability to perform essential functions becomes less than ideal. In an extreme case, such as the stoppage of blood flow to the brain, it can cripple one’s bodily function permanently.

If the data center is the heart of an organization, then the wide area network (WAN) is its network of blood vessels that carries vital data to multiple systems. For American Water (NYSE: AWK), a publicly traded water utility in the United States, this network services 300+ locations: primary and backup data centers, 275 branch offices, various production facilities, treatment plants, two call centers with between 500 and 600 workers each, and other facilities. A number of remote sites have a few hundred users, while most average 50 users. The network also provides access to applications such as Lotus Notes, MS Office, ERP and CRM, and numerous other applications for data replication, critical operations risk management, access control, and surveillance.  Read More »

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Why an Assessment Phase is Necessary for Successful IPv6 Adoption

As you start to look into the IPv6 integration process, you will need to look at what is in place in the network and then assess capabilities.   The assessment process is about discovering capabilities of the existing equipment, services and applications.  The result of the assessment process will give you an idea of what has to be done to ensure that the desired IPv6 features are supported.

A good starting point for the assessment phase is to analyze your infrastructure for basic IPv6 services.  Can I configure an IPv6 address on the device?   Does it support neighbor discovery and ICMPv6?  The question you are trying to answer is “What are the minimum features I absolutely need to get IPv6 up and running?” 

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Cisco WAAS and CA in Australia!

True or false?  You recently were finally able to convince your spouse/partner/significant other that your living room is too big for the 40 inch HDTV that you purchased 4-5 years ago and that you need a 60 inch LED TV.  You reason that the 60in TV is very thin, you can watch 3D movies on it, and it’s ‘SMART’ so you can stream movies or TV shows from the Internet!  It’s an awesome product and you are enjoying every bit of it… but then you realize that if you also had a surround sound system, it would complete your home theatre and you’d get even more use out of your TV.

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Friday Poll: Have You Gone Rogue at Work?

Has this guy gone rogue?

Has this guy gone rogue?

A recently published report by Rackspace found 43% of IT Decision makers knew of people within their company who had used cloud services outside of their IT department’s purview. Meanwhile, PricewaterhouseCoopers recently estimated that between 15% and 30% of IT spending occurs outside the IT department’s budget.  PwC called this behavior, ‘Shadow IT’ while the Rackspace report calls it, ‘Rogue IT’. Whatever you call it, employees are feeling empowered to think outside their IT box.  When they need to get something done and the provided resources don’t meet their needs employees are finding ways to get it.

This isn’t exactly a new phenomenon, but the numbers of IT who know and the budget estimations are interesting to note.  Of course, I got to wondering about our readers. This week’s poll is simple – have you gone rogue with your IT?* Read More »

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Summary: A Spot of Wi-Fi Dear

It’s easy to take connectivity for granted when participating in our day to day lives. However, when going abroad even regular communication becomes a challenge. London’s preparations for the Olympic Games, including providing wireless access around the city, made visitors’ experiences as smooth as possible so that they could fully enjoy all that the city and the games had to offer.

Read the full article at A Spot of Wi-Fi Dear.