Let’s Talk Politics. Better Yet, Let’s Not

I realize we are at the tail-end of the political season, though politics seems to be a never-ending news topic. Personally, I don’t like politics, whether it’s government or state politics, politics in business, or especially when politics worms its way into personal relationships. After watching this election year’s political debates — the third and […]

Going the Distance Down Under

Even as the world becomes “a smaller place” thanks to technology, organizations still can experience difficulties when their offices are spread out around the country, particularly when it comes to things like data replication for disaster recovery. This was the issue for Greg Rowe and Associates (GRA), a Perth, Australia-based planning practice offering services crucial […]

The Network is the Application

I think I’m safe to assume your organization relies on networked applications to sell products or services, communicate and share information with customers, partners and remote employees, improve regulatory compliance, and much more. As your reliance on networked applications increases, and you broaden your reach to far-away users, the Internet, WANs and MPLS networks become […]

2012 Olympics: Tweet, Tweet, Hurray!

Dubbed the first social-media or “Twitter Olympics,” the 2012 Summer Olympic Games are well under way, and while over two-thirds of the world’s population is expected to focus its attention on the athletes, for the IT cognoscenti, it is the network that is drawing a lot of attention. A network of approximately 900 servers, 1,000 […]

End of the Ubiquitous Six to Nine Month IT Project

I used to work in Digital Equipment Corporation’s (DEC’s) corporate IT organization at a time when DEC had roughly 125,000 employees worldwide. In hindsight, most of the time I was at DEC was spent going to meetings. For example, for one stretch of about two years, I was one of several participants in a weekly […]

The Network Will Star At 2012 Summer Olympics

In a couple of weeks, over two-thirds of the world’s population is expected to focus its attention on the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games (July 27 to August 12). To support this incredible audience of more than four billion people, the Technology Operations Centre (TOC) has been designed to process 30% more results data than […]

Optimizing the Data Center

At a time when most data centers are bursting at the seams – short on space, capacity, performance and power – more is being demanded of them. With the gap steadily increasing between budgets and resources and existing and new demands, organizations have to do more with less. One way of doing so is to […]

WANop Turbo Charges Dell DR

Disaster recovery is a bit of a necessary evil in business. It’s one plan that you absolutely must have in place, but hope you never need to use. Inevitably, though, in some way, shape or form, all businesses need to do some measure of disaster recovery at some point. It doesn’t take a tsunami or […]

Why My Mama Runs Faster Than Your App

You know the drill. The request comes down to run XYZ app between offices. You run it on the LAN and, of course it all looks fine, but when you put it on the WAN, performance drops about as fast Rich Eisen on the 40.  Now you need to explain the problem to your users […]

WAN Optimization is the MVP of the Game

I realize it’s only Spring, but it’s hard not to talk about football when you’ve got all kinds of NFL news breaking, like New Orleans Saints’ coach Sean Payton getting suspended, Tim Tebow going to the Jets and can’t-miss, future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning going to the best team in the league (selfish disclaimer: […]