American Century Investments Invests In Cisco Virtual Office Solution

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September 22nd, 2008

Michael Whaley, our podcast guestMr. Michael Whaley, Network Engineering Specialist at American Century Investments is my quest as we discuss American Century Investment’s teleworking strategy and solution. American Century Investments was looking to reduce the operational burden of supporting a large teleworking population while delivering an office IT experience to those working from home. Mr. Whaley describes how American Century Investments paid for a new teleworking solution with wide area facilities cost savings while increasing security, employee productivity and reducing IT management’s operational spend. It’s a fascinating podcast, if you’re developing a teleworking plan, then you need to listen in.

Lippis Report Issue 112: Business Applications Written To and Residing In Network Gear Offers New Approach To Branch IT Service Delivery

September 22nd, 2008

As business and IT leaders think through their next generation branch IT infrastructure many are reviewing their IT service delivery model, thanks to the third phase of integrated networks and applications, which we discussed in Lippis Report 111. The number of branch office locations is increasing and will accelerate thanks to the financial market crisis which has transformed Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley into bank holding companies, allowing them to take deposits and expand their presence throughout the globe. But independent of the financial market dynamics business and IT leaders have been re-distributing human and capital assets away from headquarter facilities toward branch offices for some time now and the network-embedded application approach allows IT leaders to manage this shift in business operations.

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Delta School District Enriches Student Experience and Staff Efficiency with Smarter Wireless LANs

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September 22nd, 2008

By Ruckus Wireless

Faced with a population of over 16,000 students, limited resources and WiFi-enabled devices of all shapes and sizes, the Delta School District (Delta) recognized it was time to take action in finding a simple, streamlined solution to their growing wireless needs. Delta needed to deploy a reliable wireless infrastructure in each of its schools to accommodate a variety of applications, such as supporting small-footprint laptops provided to special need students, video surveillance, tablet computers, mobile computing carts equipped with laptops, back-office applications and even the ability to control school heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems.

Mentor Graphics Deploys 10 Gigabit Network To Support Engineering-Driven Operations

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September 22nd, 2008

By HP ProCurve

Mentor Graphics Corporation offers leading electronic design automation (EDA) solutions for engineers, created by engineers. Design innovation is at the heart of the company, and roughly half of its workforce is dedicated to pushing the boundaries of EDA technologies. To support its engineering and high-performance computing (HPC) needs, Mentor recently implemented a new network infrastructure based on HP ProCurve Networking solutions. From a technical standpoint, the new switching environment offers more bandwidth, less complexity, additional flexibility and easier management compared to the company’s former infrastructure systems. From a business standpoint, Mentor is saving both short- and long-term costs while improving the productivity of its workforce.

Managing Data Center Power and Cooling

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September 22nd, 2008

By Force10 Networks

Optimizing the overall power efficiency of the data center requires a comprehensive approach that focuses on technologies and strategies to minimize power consumption and maximize power efficiency at every level within the infrastructure, including CPU chips, power supplies, servers, storage devices, and networking equipment. In addition to measures that maximize power efficiency for hardware devices, there are also software strategies, such as server virtualization, that can play a significant role in reducing power consumption.

There are a number of potential benefits that can be derived from an increased focus on power consumption and power efficiency:

  • extending the life of existing data centers and minimizing retrofits
  • gaining at least partial control of growing expenses for power and cooling
  • optimizing new data center designs

Leveraging the Advantages of a Multi-Vendor Network Strategy

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September 22nd, 2008

By Foundry Networks

Today’s enterprise network provides more than simply a technology infrastructure. It’s an enabler for the enterprise, supporting mission critical applications, creating operational efficiencies and increasing productivity gains. While the infrastructure provides the very foundation for the organization and its initiatives, the business strategy must drive the development of the enterprise network, ensuring it supports today’s requirements while evolving to meet tomorrow’s demands.

A multi-vendor network strategy supports the idea that in order to truly align the enterprise infrastructure strategy with business requirements, organizations must be free to choose the solutions that best meet their unique needs and based upon open standards, not proprietary, closed systems. Business imperatives and strategy should drive network infrastructure strategy, not the other way around.

Hold on Tight, We Are In For A Bumpy Ride: IT Strategies For Navigating the Approaching Economic Downturn

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September 22nd, 2008

by Avaya

The negative drumbeat in the financial media has been increasing in intensity over the last several quarters. The bursting of the housing market bubble and the subsequent seizing up of the credit markets in the US and across the globe have been the lead stories. The failure of Bear Sterns and the Federal Reserve and Treasury Departments brokering of shotgun mergers seems to have marked a turn away from the abyss of a total collapse of the financial markets. Yet the impact of the housing and financial market crisis seems to be spreading to other sectors of the US economy and is likely to begin affecting a wide range of businesses. In a recent Fuqua School of Management Survey of CFOs, 54% of CFOs said that the US is now in recession with another 24% of the remaining CFOs expecting a recession this year. Furthermore, this same group of CFOs expected capital spending to slow to a 3.3% rise with inflation of nearly 3% eating up this increase, with recovery not expected until late 2009. For the next 12 to 18 months, we are likely to see a tightening of capital and expense budgets with a significant impact on IT projects and staffing. This paper is intended to explore some of the implications of the emerging economic downturn and to lay out prudent IT management strategies for proactively navigating through the downturn.

Mindwave Reduces Cost, Increases Productivity, Is Greener Too Thanks to an Avaya Teleworker Solution

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September 17th, 2008

Mindwave Research recently changed its operational model to reduce facilities cost, improve productivity, gain access to a broader labor pool, increase customer service and be a greener company. At the heart of this operational change was the shift toward teleworking. By deploying a teleworker solution, Mindwave reduced its facilities cost by over 80%. They are leveraging IM, video conferencing and other unified communication services to keep employees connected and working together while they telecommute. Jason Snook, IT Director at Mindwave is my quest as he discusses the realized increased productivity and drastic reduction in commute travel time and CO2 emissions its employees would otherwise emit into the atmosphere.

Increasing Corporate Value Through Integrated Networks and Applications: A New Approach to IT Service Delivery Emerges for Branch Office Operations

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September 10th, 2008

By Nick Lippis

Enterprise networks, especially branch office networks, have experienced a level of service integration over the past five years that has delivered lower acquisition and operational cost while increasing the number of services available to branch office employees. Branch office routers now include switching, WLANs, PoE, network security, WAN Optimization, VPN, unified communications and advanced routing which increase application performance over thin wide area network links. In this white paper we explain the next generation of branch office optimization, which is the integration of applications into the network fabric. The networking industry has started to open up its software in the form of SDKs and APIs. Cisco, Juniper, Extreme, 3Com and the open source routing initiatives are all allowing developers to write to defined router software interfaces. We explore its value proposition in detail and provide guidance to business and IT leaders who wish to exploit this new model for value creation and improved service delivering in branch office operations.

Cisco Virtual Office Services

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September 9th, 2008

By Cisco Systems

The Cisco Virtual Office solution enables organizations to extend the campus or headquarters office network environment to remote sites or teleworkers. The solution includes voice-enabled and video-enabled IP communications and collaboration applications enabled by advanced network and security services that are easy to deploy and maintain. As part of the Cisco Virtual Office solution, Cisco and their approved partners can help you successfully deploy and integrate headend solution components and guide you through automating the deployment and management of remote sites by providing support for planning, design, and implementation. They also help you reduce operating costs; keep devices working efficiently; and continually assess, tune, and evolve your Cisco Virtual Office to keep pace with changes in your business and evolving security threats through ongoing operational support and optimization.

To find out more about Cisco Virtual Office Services download this paper.

Cisco Virtual Office: Flexibility and Productivity for Your Workforce

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September 9th, 2008

By Cisco Systems

The Cisco Virtual Office solution provides secure network services to workers at locations outside of the traditional corporate office, including teleworkers, full- and part-time home-office workers, mobile contractors, and executives. By providing extensible network services that include data, voice, video, and applications, the Cisco Virtual Office effectively creates a comprehensive office environment for employees regardless of their location. This short white paper is an overview of Cisco Virtual Office. Give it a few minutes and you will have a great understanding of its offering.

To find out more about Cisco Virtual Office download this paper.

Enterprise-Class Teleworker Product Test

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September 9th, 2008

By Miercom

Cisco Systems engaged Miercom to evaluate the Enterprise-class Teleworker (ECT) solution, the precursor to Cisco’s new Cisco Virtual Office. ECT is a highly scalable Cisco IOS Software solution that securely integrates network and management infrastructures and applications all within a single device. The folks at Miercom run ECT through its paces. With many of the same features of CVO, this is a good testing report that demonstrates some of the important CVO features.

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Cisco Virtual Office Deployment Guide

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September 9th, 2008

By Cisco Systems

Cisco Virtual Office is a highly scalable solution for medium and large organizations looking to provide teleworkers, small offices, and mobile users with an office-like experience combining voice, video, wireless, and real-time data applications in a secure environment. Cisco Virtual Office features zero-touch deployment, allowing enterprise IT staff to provision and manage large-scale deployments with improved efficiency. Multiple access methods for workers at home, workers at remote offices, or mobile workers can be aggregated into a converged VPN without the need for separate aggregation and management models. The solution integrates layered identity services that provide control over the devices and users that use the network as well as the extent to which various users have access to resources in trusted and untrusted domains.

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Special Edition Lippis Report on Network Security Issue 4: Deploying Teleworking Solutions in Scale: Part 1

September 9th, 2008

Working from home has always been a different IT experience than being in the office. Home connectivity was restricted to dial-in, VPN and client-based solutions. Voice service was usually the house phone. Then broadband came to the market and connection speeds ramped up, offering faster application performance, which was better but still a major downgrade from the office IT experience. This poor experience dampened the growth of teleworking, which was good news for most IT leaders as their concerns were security vulnerabilities and management. But with advanced integration of networks and communications the gap between office and home IT experience is closing fast. In addition a confluence of factors ranging from green initiatives to governmental requirements, work-home life style changes, business expense controls, business continuity and new teleworking solutions are giving business and IT leaders the motivation to embrace and massively deploy teleworking solutions.

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