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Cisco has been ridding itself of consumer products for some time, which is why it was surprising to see Cisco at the International Consumer Electronics Show this year. According to CEO John Chambers, however, the new IoE (Internet of Everything) plan at Cisco is set to change the trajectory of everyone on Earth, in both the consumer and the professional arenas. Here are some ways IoE is going to impact the world: Bigger than anything that’s come before. Now, don’t get the wrong idea: Cisco isn’t going to sell IoE to consumers directly. But Internet of Everything will impact our daily lives in ways we can’t yet possibly imagine. From improved efficiency in the industrial arena to personalized retail encounters to the ability to control an entire building’s infrastructure with one simply smartphone app, IoE means big. Getting it right. This new technology is based on ... (more)

5 Components of a Solid Backup Strategy Before The Storm

World events over the past decade and a half have made it clear just how important it is for companies to be prepared for disaster. In addition to mitigating risk, you have to be prepared for threats to your organization. Whether these threats come in the form of a natural disaster or even more mundane problems like power failure, data loss can completely devastate your business and leave you dead in the water. If you don’t have a solid backup strategy before the storm comes, you can find yourself in big trouble. There are at least five specific areas of backup and disaster recove... (more)

Is Oracle Hardware Dead?

No one who’s followed Oracle in the past few years could honestly suggest that their hardware efforts haven’t staggered. In the fourth quarter of last year, for example, hardware revenue was down 3% to $714 million year over year. While total hardware revenue including support stayed stead, the decline in actual hardware product revenue has been happening for some time. This happens at a time when many competitor hardware offerings are in a growth phase. So, is it the end for Oracle hardware? That’s the big question. There is evidence to suggest that Oracle hardware may be under... (more)

Comprehensive Continuous Monitoring from Gigamon and Sourcefire

Today’s data centers need to be able to ensure network uptime, be vigilant against threats, detect intrusions and do all of these things on a continual basis. A continuous Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) is critical to both the performance and the survivability of a data center. The problem Unfortunately, getting security devices out to every segment of your data center’s network – which is where that traffic needs to be captured – can be terribly expensive and tremendously draining on your processors. This means greater amounts of network congestion, greater vulnerability and ... (more)

Comparing 3 of the Top Converged Infrastructure Offerings

In an effort to make efficient use of resources while at the same time reducing overall complexity and management overhead, IT departments and data centers are opting more and more for converged infrastructure options. Indeed, companies from small businesses up to large international firms can benefit from converged infrastructure offerings. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular converged infrastructure offerings and see just how they stack up: 1.    Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS). Five years in, UCS is the oldest player in the marketplace. Given that Cisco was a ne... (more)