Lippis Report Issue 98: Greening the Enterprise and Data Center Network

January 28th, 2008

Green IT or environmental sustainability of enterprise operations and associated life cycles of products, services, resources and supply chain came into focus during 2007. The drivers pushing the IT industry over the tipping point into a Green posture are many. They include climate change concerns, oil dependency, high-energy cost, pollution and an increasing moral and social responsibility to gift the next generation an environmentally friendly economy. In addition to these concerns is the fact that Green is now economically compelling, equipping business and IT leaders with technologies that are not only energy efficient but deliver material ROI. And if there is one thing that CIOs are experts at it is calculating total cost of ownership (TCO) and ROI. While Green IT addresses many areas, the single largest IT investment that can benefit from Green IT and reduce its IT carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions is the data center and networks.

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Green Data Center Networking Strategies

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The most significant 2008 Unified Communication Events

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January 28th, 2008

Graciela Tiscareno-Sato of Siemens Communications2007 was the year that enterprise communication vendors restructured with Avaya going private, Shortel going public, Microsoft and Nortel joining forces, Siemens Communications being spun off from Siemens AG, while InterTel and Mitel merged. 2008 is the year of Unified Communications (UC). I asked Grace Tiscareno-Sato, Senior Global Marketing Manager for UC at Siemens Communications to join the program to provide a view of what's ahead from the enterprise communication supplier perspective. Grace lays out her top 8 UC events to watch for in 2008.

Cisco Energy Efficient Data Center Solutions and Best Practices

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January 28th, 2008

By Cisco Systems

This paper discusses how IT professionals can better design power and cooling efficiencies in their data centers through the strategic application of Cisco and partner technologies. It seeks to empower IT professionals to work more effectively with their facilities counterparts. Because the entire industry is in the planning phase regarding green data center operations, the intent of this document is to share best-practices solutions that Cisco has in place today. Cisco will continue to provide leadership for its customers and partners on the principles of green networking.

Cisco Integrated Services Router: Reduce Power Consumption through Integrated Services Delivery

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January 28th, 2008

By Cisco Systems

Cisco understands and appreciates that IT is critical in helping meet green-related challenges. IT-related power demands, worker travel, and e-waste are all critical areas of concern in any organization's green efforts. Recognizing that branch-office needs"”and related branch IT systems"”also accelerate resource demands both in the data center and at remote sites, Cisco is working to improve resource usage associated with remote branch offices. The Cisco Integrated Services Router is an integrated network infrastructure platform designed to replace multiple devices in today’s existing networking environments. Businesses can consolidate six disparate devices (router, switch, voice IP private branch exchange (PBX), security appliance, application acceleration device and wireless access point) into a single platform, reducing physical space requirements, energy and cooling consumption costs by more than 76 percent, as well as overall management expense.

Green Data Center Networking Strategies

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January 28th, 2008

Bill Ryan of Foundry NetworksEnergy used by the nation's servers and data centers is about 61 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) in 2006, costing about $4.5 billion. This consumption is up by a factor of 2 since the year 2000 and is projected to double again by 2011 unless efficiencies are implemented. Bill Ryan, Senior Product Marketing Manager at Foundry Networks joins me to discuss best practices in Green Data Center Networking that can result in network power consumption efficiencies in the 80-to-90% range. If you're looking to build a Green data center, then you need to listen to this podcast.

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Lippis Report Issue 97: WLANs and Wired Ethernet Market Parallels

January 14th, 2008

Local Area Network (LAN) changes have ebbed and flowed on a nearly consistent five-year basis. In 1990 the worldwide $100 million dollar plus 10Mbs shared Ethernet market was emerging as the LAN standard. It was only five years later that the introduction of 100 Mbs fast Ethernet and the introduction of Ethernet switching usurped 10Mbs shared Ethernet. Between 1995 and 2000 two very important introductions were made to switched LANs: virtual local area networking (VLANs) and 1 Gbs Ethernet. Now 10Gbs Ethernet modules and switches are the norm as price points and port densities have made 10Gbs downlinks and desktop connections economically feasible.

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Ruckus Wireless Enters New Mid Tier Enterprise WLAN Market

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January 14th, 2008

Selina Lo, CEO of Ruckus WirelessSelina Lo the CEO of Ruckus Wireless joins me to discuss the emerging mid-tier enterprise WLAN market that Ruckus Wireless finds itself in the envious position of being alone within. Ruckus Wireless is the expert on RF and antennas for high performance and stable WLANs. Radio communications are subject to unpredictable behavior due to environmental dependencies and various flavors of interference. Yet it's possible to effectively mitigate many of these impairments through continuous intelligent selection of system operating parameters and a sufficiently agile antenna system. WLAN reliability has plagued enterprise WLAN deployments since their inception. Ruckus has invested into engineering solutions to these problems developed over the past three years supplying service providers with over 1 million WLAN solutions for IPTV services around the world. Their intellectual property and mid-tier market requirements could not be more aligned. If you are in the hospitality, retail, education or just a mid-tier enterprise company that needs a stable and easy to deploy WLAN solution, then you need to listen to this podcast.

Communications Transformations 2: Steps to Integrate SIP Trunk into the Enterprise

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January 14th, 2008

By Cisco Systems

Integrating an IP interconnection through unified communications SIP trunks from the enterprise for calls destined beyond the enterprise provides both a new mechanism to connect to traditional PSTN endpoints and access to new services and applications not possible with TDM interconnections and endpoints. Using SIP trunks to connect UC islands are many including almost unlimited bandwidth, Inter-enterprise rich-media collaboration applications, High-fidelity voice, enabled by wide-band codecs, High-fidelity video, Presence and many others. This white paper details the steps to take to fully utilize SIP trunks in enterprise networks.

Cisco Revamps Managed Services by Defining MS 3.0

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January 13th, 2008

Jeff KaplanJeff Kaplan, Managing Director of THINKstrategies, and founder of the Managed Service Showplace® and Software-as- a-Service (SaaS) Showplace® joins the Lippis Report podcast to discuss Managed Services. The general trend is that Managed Service providers are adding IP communication into their service portfolio to differentiate and grow. We discuss MS 3.0 and in particular Cisco’s managed services 3.0 initiative.