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On The Edge: How can Network Managers win at Interop Las Vegas?

“Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.”   Alexander Graham Bell

Sometimes it seems like our senses are being assaulted by product pitches from virtually everywhere. Most of these pitches have one thing in common – they assume you’re interested. What if someone actually took the time to find out what’s important to you before proposing anything? What if they figured out how you can be more successful, and started from there?  Well, that’s exactly what we did.

Over the last few months, we’ve interviewed hundreds of IT experts in many different roles at dozens of organizations worldwide. Our mission was to find out what their most important business and technology initiatives are, and how people in various IT roles – Network Manager, Server Manager, Storage Manager, Applications Manager, CIO, etc. – define success for their specific roles. Read More »

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Life Behind the Black Curtain: What it takes to setup a large tradeshow network.

I spend a lot of time behind curtains.  That’s not really out of choice as it’s the nature of where they stick you when you’re running the network at a large tradeshow.  We call it the Network Operations Center – NOC if you want to sound cool – but most people just know it as the guys to complain to when your computer doesn’t work at a show.  It’s often a thankless gig and it can be extremely stressful at times, but setting up a temporary network that might live for less than a week to deliver fast wired and wireless access to thousands of people in a completely foreign environment is an exciting challenge.  Here’s how it happens. Read More »

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