There’s Never Been a Better Time …. to Reduce Your Data Center Software Costs with Cisco UCS #NeverBetter
Enterprise software licensing is complex, costly and easy to lose track of, especially in these days of servers on demand via infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and rapid setup and...
Architecture Talent Program Nurtures Key Skills, Fills Cisco IT Training Gap
People are a company’s greatest asset, which is why Cisco is deeply committed to fostering a climate of innovation, professional growth, and business-focused enrichment. This commitment was especially evident in Cisco IT’s Architecture Talent Program (ATP). The FY16 pilot program was launched to instill an Enterprise Architecture (EA) mindset among IT employees and build critical […]
The Most Boring Service We offer … And how to bring down a data center in one easy snip!
I do enjoy the (sometimes irreverent!) perspectives of some articles on data center in the UK publication “The Register“, and the story of how a data center change went wrong made me laugh, cringe and cry at the same time – the change being when an electrician cut the wrong wire and brought down a […]
Your New Year’s Resolution for 2016: Start with a Cisco Domain Ten Workshop
A few years ago, I wrote a series of blogs on Cisco’s Domain Ten(SM) framework. Since then, we’ve used this simple yet powerful analysis tool to help guide many customers on data center and IT transformation projects. I personally found it quite notable that leading market analyst firm IDC, recognizing Cisco as the worldwide leader […]
Part 2: Ten Learnings and Observations from the 2015 London Gartner Data Center Conference
Last week I attended the 2015 London Gartner Data Center conference. In my first blog (part 1) on this event, I covered some of my main learnings and...
Part 2: Why not Initiate a “Save to Invest” Program for your Data Center?
Two weeks ago, in my previous blog, I invited you to consider ways in which you could initiate a “Save to Invest” program for your data center. That is, how can you save money from your current data center spend, in order to re-invest it into currently un- or -under-funded areas of your data center. Thanks to […]
Why not Initiate a “Save to Invest” Program for your Data Center? (Part 1)
As a Scot, I have a natural predisposition – almost a gene – for money saving initiatives! As I’ve been researching new initiatives in my work for Cisco Services over the past few months, I’ve become aware of – for the first time I am ashamed to say in some cases – some huge sinks […]
5 Top Challenges of SAN Design: View from our SAN Design Experts – Part 2
Last week, here, I started my 2 part blog on some of the top SAN design and deployment challenges we see. As I mentioned, I put this together...
5 Top Challenges of SAN Design: View from our SAN Design Experts – Part 1
One of the aspects I really enjoy about my job is that I get to learn from some of the world’s top network and data center design engineers, and...