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April 16, 2014

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A Day in the Life of the ecobee Smart Thermostat Part 1

In my last article I talked about my thermostat and the Internet of Everything [read here] I questioned the true value my smart meter was providing to my home...

April 14, 2014

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R&D Cloud solutions within the Corporate Environment

With “clouds” being the hot new term in IT, many high level executives are looking for ways to incorporate clouds into their enterprise environment. Sometimes, these decisions are rushed, and poorly designed solutions are thrown into place. These solutions almost always fail to gain traction within the corporation due to lackluster features, or they are […]

April 11, 2014

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The Price of Being First

New technology is always exciting. There are always groups within the organization that have seen some product demo at a convention or user group and need that new functionality right now! But sometimes the infrastructure is not there to support it. Or it’s the first time this type of technology has been introduced into your […]

April 9, 2014

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The “Next Gen” Network Engineer

A subject very close to my heart at the moment is what skills I will need to have in order to support the Next Generation of Software Defined and Application...

April 4, 2014

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Crucible and Chrysalis: The personal value of the expert-level certification process

Introduction The choice to begin pursuing an expert-level certification is often made lightly. After experiencing the training, study and testing process of the associate-level and the professional-level certifications, it is understandable to expect that the expert level is more of the same; more advanced, but essentially a logical progression. This is a fair conclusion and […]

April 2, 2014

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Cisco Intelligent WAN (IWAN)

In the last three weeks, I have been to two Cisco Events. The first was in Munich (Halbergmoos), which was a dedicated IWAN Workshop in the Cisco Offices and the second was the Cisco Network Innovation Summit in Berlin. I was inspired about the technology and the possibilities of IWAN. What the heck is IWAN? […]

March 26, 2014

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Thank you for your Excellence #CiscoChampion Team

The Cisco Champions Program is based on 5 key principles, the most important being its people. Recruiting top notch team members and giving them the opportunities they care about is what makes this program thrive. Thank you Cisco Champions for your excellence. In the words of @CommsNinja you are true Unicorns. Learn about the Program […]

March 21, 2014

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Cisco Meraki – Guest Access in an MPLS branch

A couple of months ago I designed a Cisco Unified Wireless Network for an enterprise company. One of the big challenges was the ability to serve wireless guest services in the branch offices, which are connected to the headquarters via MPLS. Mostly the MPLS connections are terminated in the LAN zone, so it is difficult […]

March 19, 2014

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Connected “Things” I’d Like to Try

There is a plethora of connected devices out there and even more that will bombard us in the coming months and years.  I thought I’d put together a sample of the ones I’m interested in and give my two cents on each. Nest Protect The Nest Protect was released late last year and is a […]