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All major server manufactures have a built-in baseboard management controller (BMC) for remote server management. These are great tools for onboarding a server and maintaining the server throughout its lifetime.  Most of my day to day experience has been using the Cisco IMC, Dell iDRAC, HPE iLO, and IBM IPMI.  Some of the server vendors require an additional license to unlock the full features of...

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The conference room video solutions have greatly improved and are simpler to implement, use, and support than ever before.  I see two major drivers for this trend.  First is the move to cloud for endpoint registration and video bridging in the cloud.  This move to cloud has lowered the entry point for many customers to enable video in the conference room.  The second driver is the decreasing cost...

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There are many video solutions in the industry.  When deciding on a solution it’s important to understand the primary needs for a Collaboration Conference Room.  This includes whether the room will be used purely for video and content sharing or if it’s more of a multi-purpose room with movable tables.  Conference rooms where everyone sits around a table are quite different than a classroom style...

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Cisco HyperFlex Solution

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Cisco Advanced Malware Protection for Endpoint Security

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What is Two-Factor Authentication?

At its core, two-factor authentication is all about checking credentials. Are you who you say you are? Traditionally, a user name and password are used to log into a secure system. Two-factor authentication provides an additional layer of security, in the form of something you physically have, to be able to log into the system. This can be a physical token in...

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We’ve been hearing a lot about NVMe Solid State Drives (SSD) and we’re just starting to see it introduced by many of the of server and storage vendors. NVMe which stands for Non-Volatile Memory express is a logical device interface specification for accessing non-volatile storage media attached via a PCI Express (PCIe) bus. You can think of NVMe as being the successor of SATA SSD. NVMe is a...

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The two primary storage architectures in many companies today are a Storage Area Network (SAN) or a Network Attached Storage (NAS) solution. Traditionally a SAN provides Block storage while a NAS provides File level storage. It’s also worth noting that internal server storage is making a comeback with the advent of software-defined storage (SDS). I’ll save the software-defined storage (SDS),...

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Many companies have invested in VMware infrastructure software and have a lot of knowledge in supporting on-premise virtual servers. The VMware vCenter Server is extremely popular for managing virtual machines and providing automation for distributing resources evenly across a cluster of servers. There is a comfort in having direct vendor support from VMware for ensuring a stable production...

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