You might recall we made some predictions at the start of 2015 (here just to refresh your memory.) So lets take a look at what the DTE experts think will be big in 2016!
Enterprise environments have become more complex as the shift in IT know how has moved from the "IT Geek" into mainstream knowledge. It is not that long ago that the concept of using a wireless home network to stream cloud applications would have terrified my mother, yet as it stands she is know fully aware of how o get the best out of her broadband, TV, mobile, kindle and plethora of gadgets. (I blame Star Trek for preparing us all when we were younger for the concept!)
My point is that we know have the technology dream on the horizon, IoT or IoE depending on who you talk too. For the enterprise class business this means the potential to improve running costs, deliver better business outcomes and strengthen the competitive edge. managing, and running these new super massive networks is going to be costly. Just look at the current cost of operations in IT budgets, many industry pundits predict 75-90% of IT budget is spent, not on the technology but operational costs. That is a lot of your budget that is simply not getting used to its best.
Application Centric Infrastructure from Cisco has and will continue to be one of the best ways to cope with the increased growth of your Data Center, Converged Network and which ever version of the cloud and mobility you decide to go with.
Does your Data Centre look anything like it did 10 years ago, or even 5? Chances are probably not! Growing pressure from outside of the IT department and changes in the very nature of how we work on a day to day basis, have led to a sea of change. IT, particularly infrastructure, has had to adapt and change to meet these demands.
DTE and Cisco can help you optimise your data centre with UCS (Unified Computing Systems). UCS from Cisco has been designed to improve agility, flexibility, security and help you reduce costs and management time.
But, How does this infrastructure technology actually deliver those benefits to your business? Lets take a look at 5 key reasons you should be considering adopting a unified computing system.
One of my technicians has been working on a client site for the last couple of weeks, the poor lad has been in Las Vegas of all places terrible I know. Whilst on site he got caught up in several conversations with the networking team discussing how they measure network efficiency. Did they look at how fast data travelled across the network, how much power the network consumed or how easy it was for end users to get what they expected from the network. Of course how you choose to measure the effectiveness of anything within your IT estate is up to you and should be aligned to you business goals. There are any number of tools available out there to help you measure your network speeds and indicators of performance.
Even if your an established Network Manager or your new to the role and inherited a network full of problems, what are the top 3 things that are creating networking to be less than excellent?
I asked amongst our technicians and clients and this is what they had to say.
Cisco ACI and IT Security
As our data centers start to change and the method by which information is moved around the business, new challenges are being presented everyday to network teams across the globe. Cisco ACI comes to the rescue with the automation of IT security policy provisioning across devices and servers, and sets up specific policies for each application and tenant using microsegmentation. Policy-based provisioning. For IT Security.
Many of you, like me no doubt, are gadget geeks who suffered from gadget overload this week as Apple unveiled there latest device the Apple Smartwatch.The latest release from this true tech giant is not anything new or innovative, although being an Apple product it is sure to have a few bells and whistles. This new piece of smart tech will be aimed at bringing some of the 700 million iPhone owners deeper into the Apple fold. Wearable tech is definitely the first touch point many of us will have with the Internet of Things, in fact you have already got a thing somewhere connected to the internet that helps you daily. Most of us have 2 or 3 devices on us during the course of the day, laptop, phone and kindle in my case. These are all things connected to the internet, connected to our networks and accessing our data stores. In recent blogs we have spoken about the impact the rise in data is having and as the digital age turns into the age of the connected what does this mean for the enterprise and its network?
If you have been hiding under a rock over then you might not have heard about the "Internet of Things". This presentation from Cisco's Mike Flannagan will showcase how you can benefit from the powerful Data and Analytics of IoT!
Whatever your aims and pain points, our specialists will meet with you to discuss what you want to achieve from your network infrastructure.