7,929 miles (12,761 kilometers) separate Melbourne, Australia from Sacramento, California. Despite being half a world away from each other, these cities have a few things in common – both are capital cities, both had a rich history during the gold rush, and both enjoy a riverside view.
These cities have something else in common: their data centers are the backbone for supplying clean water to their citizens. And each data center is owned, operated, and managed by the local government.
“780 million people lack access to clean water – that’s more than 2.5 times the population of the United States,” — Water.org
Governments in cities like Melbourne and Sacramento aren’t unique in their quest to provide clean water to residents but the way they use technology, specifically their data centers, to accomplish this is something other organizations can learn from. The data center isn’t just the backbone for clean water…it’s the cornerstone of any network.
The challenges faced by Melbourne Water and the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) are common to many organizations.
In a previous blog, I discussed questions you should ask before peering with your SP and possible configuration options. Since the Internet edge is where this peering occurs, it should also be the first point where you start to apply your organization’s security policies. Security is a critical part of IPv6 integration because IPv6 opens up another transport path into your network.
This Friday and Saturday, 14th and 15th September 2012, respectively, will be challenging days for me, and will count among two of the most physically demanding days of my life. On Thursday evening I will join my Cisco colleagues taking part in the Deloitte Ride Across Britain (or RAB as we call it), to raise funds for the Paralympics GB team. I’ll forsake my desk and comfortable chair, and over Friday and Saturday, I will cycle 238 miles (close to 400km!), including over 11,000 feet (over 3,300m) of climbing, from just outside Glasgow, in the west of Scotland, to Fort William, and then on to Kyle of Sutherland, which is around 40 miles north of Inverness.
On Thursday and Friday evening, I will join the camps -- yes, tents in a field, no luxury hotels here!! -- as you can see from my short video from last year’s RAB camp at one of the stages.
In my previous blogs confine and clover, I spoke about determining the scope of your business problems as well as defining your measures of success when planning a Cloud solution. Now, I would like to help you understand both the cost you will incur for the work necessary to achieve your defined cloud goals and how to avoid unexpected fees.
Because of all the hype around Cloud, we hear (sometimes disproportionately) about how Cloud can transform your business. However, the cost of that transformation is often not fully understood. Careful planning and awareness can save you money along the Cloud journey. Be aware of and consider the following hidden costs: