Entries by Bill Klein

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Multi-Vendor IT Support in The Data Center: Is it Worth the Cost?

When building a data center or enterprise resource plan (ERP), organizations inevitably have to make a simple but tricky decision: should they follow a single-vendor strategy, or use the best products they can find throughout the market without worrying about software or compatibility? As we will soon see, both methods have their pros and cons, […]

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Data Center Alley: Why 70% of Internet Traffic Flows Through Ashburn Virginia

Today, business owners in Northern Virginia like to say that 70% of the world’s Internet traffic passes through Fairfax and Loudon county where the “Silicon Valley of The East” is located. While this figure cannot be perfectly substantiated, it’s true that the stretch of communities near the Dulles International Airport is widely renowned as America’s […]

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5 Ways CISCO UCS Transforms Enterprise Networking

It’s been a decade since Cisco announced “Project California” in March of 2009, launched the following year as the Unified Computing System (UCS) platform. This bold entry into the enterprise server market was met – at first – with a combination of skepticism and bewilderment. But within five years of its launch, Cisco had overtaken […]

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Cisco Unified Computing System Changes how IT Organizations do Business

The Cisco Unified Computing System is the first integrated data center platform that combines industry-standard, x86-architecture servers with networking and storage access into a single unified system. The system is intelligent infrastructure that uses integrated, model-based management to simplify and accelerate deployment of applications and services running in bare-metal, virtualized, and cloud-computing environments. Employing Cisco’s […]

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How Cisco’s Servers (Cisco UCS) Lowers Costs and Raises Agility in The Data Center

“Agility” has become the marching order of today’s digital transformation initiatives across industries ranging from IT to services to fast food restaurants. A vector of “scalability” and “adaptability,” the term simply means: “the ability to respond quickly to changes or threats.” An agile data center is therefore one which can scale or downsize quickly with […]

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Dealing with Warranty Expiration for Aging IT Equipment

When hardware warranties expire or systems reach their end of service life (EOSL), there’s good reason for concern: the industry standard for data center reliability is 99.99%, and one system going offline for seconds can have disastrous consequences. A data center depends on well-maintained, dependable equipment that won’t cause downtime, latency or needless expense. The […]

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The UCS Solution

The Challenge The digital business transformation is upon us, and it is creating new demands on IT organizations: Applications: Modern applications are becoming less monolithic and more like organic entities that grow and shrink through the use of modular, distributed microservices. This reduces dependence on traditional IT infrastructure and places new demands on IT organizations […]