Conserving Energy Consumption via The Corporate Network

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January 27th, 2009

Berna Devrim, Sr. Manager, Access Switching Marketing at Cisco SystemsIT suppliers are delivering products that consume less energy while offering new IT delivery approaches such as data center virtualization to reduce cooling and power demands. Cisco Systems has taken a broader approach to energy management by delivering a power command and control architecture called Cisco EnergyWise which seeks to provide business and IT leaders with the tools to measure, manage and control the power consumption of all devices connected to the corporate network. Further, EnergyWise seeks to connect facility heating, air conditioning, lighting and other non-IT systems—systems that consume the largest proportion of corporate energy—in an effort to provide IT leaders with the tools and means to manage their overall energy consumption. Berna Devrim, Sr. Manager, Access Switching Marketing at Cisco Systems is my guest as we discuss Cisco’s EnergyWise initiative and what it means to business and IT leaders who seek to control energy consumption.

HP ProCurve Open Network Ecosystem (ONE)

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January 27th, 2009

By HP ProCurve

This short paper describes HP ProCurve’s new network ecosystem. It explores the value of an open network that offers customer choice in their IT infrastructure. It also details its new zl module and ProCurve ONE integrated application software which is an Intel- based platform with main memory, non-volatile flash storage, hard disk, and 2 x 10G internal Ethernet connections which resides in its 8212 and 5400 switches.

The Secrets of Capturing Value from Unified Communications

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January 27th, 2009

By Avaya

Unified Communications (UC) is now delivering consistently positive results through targeted implementations. Applications and benefits are documented in both User Productivity (UC-U) and Business Process (UC-B) categories. The secret of these successes is to change something in the business to eliminate communication hot spots. The secret ingredient to ensure success is the engagement of professional services to identify, design and implement the changes. This white paper describes the types of changes to look for, the professional services activities to engage, and examples of successes and returns that other companies are already achieving.

Data Center Networking Solutions from HP ProCurve

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January 27th, 2009

By HP ProCurve

This paper details HP ProCurve’s new 6600 series switches for top-of-rack and end-of-row configurations, and also details HP ProCurve’s data center networking strategy.

HP ProCurve Extends Adaptive Networks to Next Generation Data

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January 27th, 2009

Matt ZannerData center investments and upgrades are a bright spot in this challenging economy because they cannot be postponed like PC upgrades since data centers are central to business operations and revenue generation. To address this market HP ProCurve now part of HP’s Technology Solutions Group (TSG) is introducing the HP ProCurve Open Network Ecosystem called ProCurve ONE and unveiling a new set of data center networking solutions. Five new Gig and 10Gig data center switches and the ProCurve Data Center Connection Manager make up this introduction. HP is differentiating from other IT companies by offering a complete data center solution including servers, storage, applications and networking. The ProCurve ONE Ecosystem includes marquee partners such as Microsoft, Avaya, Riverbed, F5, McAfee and many others. Matt Zanner, Core & Data Center Category Business Manager of HP ProCurve Networking discusses the significance of this announcement in further detail.

Lippis Report 118: Cisco Delivers EnergyWise Giving Corporate Energy Control To IT

January 27th, 2009

The stock market crash of 2008 and the subsequent global economic downturn have diverted attention away from major IT industry themes. But as business and IT leaders come to grips with new economic realities one theme, Green IT, has not lost its luster. In fact, green is increasingly being viewed as “lean” as it complements corporate efficiency initiatives, which have been prioritized during this current business cycle. In short, the economic slow down is offering business and IT leaders an opportunity to accelerate their Green IT plans as these programs improve operational and energy efficiency.

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Controlling Corporate Energy Consumption via the Enterprise Network

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January 27th, 2009

By Nicholas John Lippis III

Business leaders are defining sustainability initiatives that reduce their electrical power consumption and CO2 emissions in an effort to not only reduce energy costs, but to also be respectful of global environmental concerns. To assist business leaders, IT suppliers are delivering products that consume less energy while offering new IT delivery approaches such as data center virtualization to reduce cooling and power demands. Cisco Systems has taken a broader approach to energy management by delivering a power command and control architecture called Cisco EnergyWise which seeks to provide business and IT leaders with the tools to measure, manage and control the power consumption of all devices connected to the corporate network. Further, EnergyWise seeks to connect facility heating, air conditioning, lighting and other non-IT systems—systems that consume the largest proportion of corporate energy—in an effort to provide IT leaders with the tools and means to manage their overall energy consumption. In this white paper we describe the current environmental challenges which confront business and IT leaders and offer EnergyWise as an important innovative technology to consider as part of their overall sustainability initiative.

Cisco EnergyWise

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January 27th, 2009

By Cisco Systems

In response to energy costs, environmental concerns, and government directives, there is an increased need for sustainable and “green” business IT operations. Methods to measure power consumption and control energy output are now the focus of businesses worldwide, with all customers looking for a method to reduce energy costs and implement increased efficient operation. Cisco EnergyWise is a new energy management architecture that will allow IT operations and facilities to measure and fine-tune power usage to realize significant cost savings. EnergyWise focuses on reducing power utilization on all devices connected to a Cisco network ranging from Power over Ethernet (PoE) devices such as IP phones and wireless access points to IP-enabled building and lighting controllers. It uses an intelligent network-based approach, allowing IT and building facilities operations to understand, optimize, and control power across an entire corporate infrastructure, potentially affecting any powered device.

This white paper illustrates how businesses can utilize EnergyWise with a network enabled by Cisco to better understand the power footprint of their organization and how optimizing can reduce energy costs.

The Network: Promoting Green Benefits to Business and IT

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January 27th, 2009

By Cisco Systems

Virtually all large enterprises are conscious of the image they project, and corporate responsibility is an important part of that image. Green technologies represent an opportunity for corporations that extend beyond brand reputation and can affect overall profitability. In its 2007 list of “20 Most Admired Companies,” Fortune Magazine noted that “many of the Most Admired Companies are busy figuring out ways to think green and garner more greenbacks too. Do green practices always have to be about sacrifice, or can they actually contribute to a company’s profitability? Are there significant revenue opportunities or cost savings that can be realized by “going green”? The answer depends on how broadly you are willing to define the green practices that can be implemented to save energy costs, while reducing carbon footprint. Most discussions about green focus around energy consumption. That is certainly an important part of the overall equation. However, thinking beyond simple power consumption and considering how effectively and efficiently all energy and business resources are being used broadens the range of benefits available through green practices. This document examines several different areas in which a Cisco network can be used to realize some of those benefits.

Cisco, HP and IBM on Data Center Collision Course

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January 26th, 2009

This Facebook video is my take on Unified Computing and how its impacting the relationships between HP, IBM and Cisco. To watch the video, follow the link above.

Lippis Report Issue 117: Top 10 IT Predictions For 2009

January 12th, 2009

This is not 2001, but 2009. This recession’s impact on the IT industry is nothing like the Great IT Depression of 2001 when $5 trillion of IT market value was wiped out, IT firms worked off large product inventories pushing margins down and hundreds of thousands of IT jobs were lost. 2009 IT spending is projected to be +/- 2%, which does not include the yet to be approved $700 to $850B stimulus package which IT will benefit from because of its universal broadband, healthcare IT investment, smart grid and green energy initiatives. In fact IT jobs, especially those with networking skills, are in demand. But 2009 is similar to 2001 in one regard: IT leaders are flocking to the safety of large IT suppliers who possess healthy balance sheets and staying power; companies such as IBM, Cisco, HP, Microsoft, CA, Oracle, et al. No doubt there is caution in the air as IT leaders focus on smaller projects that have quick payback or large IT projects that can be delivered at speed to realize business value in short order. While the first two quarters may be slower than normal, the hope is that the back end of 2009 will be stronger. With this as a backdrop here are our Top 10 IT Predictions for 2009:

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The Network’s Sustainability Effect

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January 12th, 2009

Marie Hattar, our podcast guestMarie Hattar, Vice President of Network Systems and Security Solution Marketing at Cisco Systems, is my guest as we discuss the sustainable effect afforded by networks and communications. Networking has always contributed to green initiatives by providing teleworking, collaboration, telepresence and other ways of organizing people and workflow independent of geographic location. But networking is now taking the role of power management and control for IT and non-IT systems offering one of the most powerful sustainability tools available. Find out how by listening to this podcast.

Kevin Kennedy Joins Avaya As New CEO

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January 12th, 2009

Zeus KerravalaAvaya just hired Kevin Kennedy as its new CEO. Zeus Kerravala of The Yankee Group and I comment on Avaya’s pick and review the recent Avaya analyst conference with an eye toward which Enterprise Communication companies will survive the downturn. Enjoy, Nick

Cisco Aims to Improve Power Usage in Data Centers

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January 12th, 2009

By Cisco Systems

In 2008, Cisco IT began expanding one of its North California data centers in order to provide much-needed additional server and storage capacity for crucial corporate applications such as enterprise resource planning (ERP), Telepresence and Software as a Service (SaaS) offerings. At the same time, Cisco IT also wanted to maximize utilization of space and minimize demand for electrical power and cooling in this facility.

Find out how they did it by downloading this paper.