Author Archives: Industry Perspectives

Building a Business Case for SDN

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Many companies are curious about how software-defined networks can improve their network operations, but no CIO will approve an SDN project without being able to make a business case to the CFO and CEO. In this article, we’ll look at some steps to take to build a business case, writes Steve Garrison of Pica8. Read More

Bringing DCIM Technology into Your Data Center

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Facebook recently performed Proof of Concept with multiple DCIM vendors. While Facebook may have different criteria in how they approach DCIM than your organization, you may want to consider similar factors before deciding how to bring DCIM into your data center, writes Lara Greden of CA Technologies. Read More

5 Major Drivers of OpEx in the Enterprise Network

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Over the life of your networking gear, the total cost of ownership is dominated by ongoing operational costs – both administration and maintenance of the device, writes Michael Bushong of Plexxi. When looking to evaluate your budget for equipment, consider these five major drivers of OpEx in your network infrastructure. Read More

Top Five Hot Data Storage Trends

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Today’s organizations understand that quickly storing, securing, accessing and analyzing data, while managing it securely and cost-effectively, can mean the difference between business success and failure. Enterprises will continue to demand IT infrastructures that allow them to rapidly and efficiently deliver quality services, writes Alan Atkinson of Dell Storage. This column covers five enterprise storage trends that Dell expects to see heat-up this year. Read More