Archive for September 2015

Domain Name Systems have too much access to personal information that can be used against you.

When it comes to domain name systems (DNS), there are a lot of choices available. Yesterday, Verisign introduced a free, public Domain Name System (DNS) service that respects users’ privacy.

Cisco’s new Data Preparation tool could benefit both IT and the rest of the enterprise.

Earlier this year Cisco had its first leadership change in 20 years, as long-time CEO John Chambers passed the baton to Chuck Robbins. Despite the change at the top (and a number of positions right below that), the goal for Cisco remains the same – become the world’s No. 1 IT vendor and the most important strategic partner for customers. In this highly mobile, everything-connected, network-centric world we live in, Cisco certainly has a shot, but the very fabric of IT is changing and it’s important for Cisco to appeal to business leaders as well as the IT department.

The IT environment, particularly in the network, is more complex than ever before. Juniper aims to resolve that.

Shifting to a cloud strategy has been at the top of almost every CIO’s priority list now for the better part of a decade. In fact, an interesting factoid from ZK Research is that businesses spent approximately $12 billion globally last year on technology to build private clouds. This includes a myriad of technology, including virtualization platforms, converged and hyper-converged infrastructure, and storage. Combine this with the continued rise of mobile phones, tablets, and the addition of the IoT, and it’s pretty clear this this isn’t your father’s, or even your older brother’s, IT environment.

Network optimization has been left behind in the rise of the cloud.

Typically, most technology trends go through a period of when they are way over-hyped, to the point that the technology never reaches the crescendo of expectations. Think of trends like Voice over IP (VoIP) or virtualization. These eventually became mainstream, but they took a lot longer than originally anticipated.

For Cisco customers, the process of buying network infrastructure has always been to buy a device and pay a bundled price for hardware and software. This means in year zero (at purchase time), customers need to lay out a huge chunk of money to pay for the products. Then the customer would use the products for anywhere from two to seven years, depending on what it is, and then go through the same process at refresh time.

A system integrator and service provider perspective on how to approach meeting spaces — both physical and virtual.

There’s recently been a tremendous amount of focus on improving the collaborative experience for virtual meetings. Virtual meeting places, team collaboration tools, and other applications have made it much easier for people scattered around the globe to get together virtually and get work done.

However, there’s been a lack of focus on evolving the physical meeting space. For the most part, physical spaces such as conference rooms, huddle rooms, or just open meeting areas are as they have been for the past couple of decades. One might say that no innovation has happened in this realm because meeting rooms are fine the way they are. The fact is, meeting spaces are highly inefficient and need to evolve.

To get an idea of the limitations of physical meeting spaces, I interviewed Rob Portwood, Managing Director and Owner of Videocall, a U.K.-based systems integrator and service provider that for almost two decades has been building physical meeting spaces and deploying the technology around the world that enables it.

Securing the Cloud a Top Concern

I moderated a CIO roundtable on the topic of the cloud several ago in New York. The round table was intended to be a general discussion on cloud strategy but quickly morphed into session specifically on cloud security. The fact that it turned into dedicated discussion on security wasn’t a big surprise to me given the fact that security remains, by far, the top concern for CIOs regarding the cloud. Don’t get me wrong, cloud services are being consumed much faster than premise-based infrastructure or applications but how to handle cloud security is keeping CIOs up at night.

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