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SD-WAN: Everything You Need to Know

Posted by Scott Resnick on Thu, Oct 26, 2017

Over the summer, you probably heard a lot of buzz about SD-WAN and how this new technology will revolutionize the way we do business. Hitting the mass media's attention in mid-2017, SD-WAN is heralded as being "the next big thing" to revamp the Wide Area Network. However, if you're not fluent in network speak, the jargon being thrown around by high-tech experts is probably whizzing in one ear and out the other. We're about to give you a crash course in SD-WAN technology, including why your company might soon be using it. Sit tight in your chair, because it's time to blast into the future.

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Topics: Telecommunications, Data Center

4 Data Center Cabling Factors for Success

Posted by Scott Resnick on Tue, Jul 05, 2016

The expected life span of a cabling system plays an important role in determining whether multiple generations of constantly evolving hardware can be supported without the need to replace the cabling system completely. With most data center applications requiring 10-Gigabit-per-second speeds within the next 10 years or so, customers that opt to install dated technologies will eventually lose their investments’ extended life cycle. When conceptualizing a data center, one must take into account future transmission speeds as well as the infrastructure to support them.

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Topics: Structured Cabling, Data Center

Dispelling Data Center Security Myths

Posted by Scott Resnick on Fri, Jul 24, 2015

Bigfoot. The Loch Ness Monster. Aliens living in Roswell, New Mexico. It’s easy to get sucked into myths like these. If you hear them often enough, you stop questioning whether they make sense. It’s almost as if your critical thinking skills become immunized against them.

While they might not be as exciting as Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster, myths about data center security persist, despite plenty of evidence to the contrary. Let’s take a look at a few of those myths and try to separate truth from fiction in order to set up the best data center possible.

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Topics: Data Center

How to Flood Proof Your Houston Phone System

Posted by Scott Resnick on Fri, Jun 19, 2015

Recently, Houston has been experiencing a tremendous amount of flooding. River levels are steadily rising. What was once your neighborhood pond is now your neighborhood lake. Should flood waters reach your office, they can do thousands of dollars in damage to your phone and data center. So here are some tips to help you keep your Houston phone system safe and dry.

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Topics: Data Center, Call Center

How Data Center Design Affects Your Data Backup Plan

Posted by Scott Resnick on Fri, May 22, 2015


What’s the most valuable asset your company owns?

If you’re like a lot of businesses, it’s your data. What your business is doing today, what it’s done in the past, where it’s going in the future, and how you’re going to get there – that’s all in your data center. Which is good, right? Everybody is talking about “Big Data” and how it will allow businesses to target customers with more specificity than ever before. But what would happen if all your data disappeared…and your competitors’ data didn’t? Talk about a competitive disadvantage. That's why data center design is so important.

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Topics: Data Center

3 Cost-Saving Strategies for Small Data Centers

Posted by Scott Resnick on Wed, Apr 29, 2015

We hear a lot about the enormous data centers belonging to enterprises like Amazon, Google, and even the United States government. But that information doesn’t always apply to smaller organizations, which often face the challenge of coming up with enough operating capital to build their own data center design and do their own data center cabling. Here are three ways smaller businesses are meeting their data center needs and saving money while doing it: 

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Topics: IT, Data Center

5 Data Center Design Commandments

Posted by Scott Resnick on Wed, Apr 01, 2015

A data center is more than just a place to stash your servers. It’s a critical part of your business. If you’re creating a data center design from scratch, it’s important to think a little bit about how you’re going to lay it out before you get building. Here are a few areas to think about:

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Topics: IT, Data Center

6 Data Center Cabling Mistakes to Avoid

Posted by Scott Resnick on Wed, Feb 18, 2015

Your data center cabling may not be the most glamorous part of your business but they are vital. In a way, it’s kind of like doing laundry, except your business isn't completely dependent upon clean clothes. But, as with laundry, you can do more work on the front end and stay organized, or you can rush through it and wind up with such a big, chaotic mess than you can never find what you need! 

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Topics: IT, Data Center

20 Data Center Cabling Management Tips

Posted by Scott Resnick on Tue, Jan 06, 2015

Bladed servers. Storage devices. Backup devices. Each one interconnected and networked. All of which require physical cabling. This can get very confusing very fast. Good data center cabling must flow from point A to point B to ensure a successful pathway. Without good data center management, your office can come to screeching halt. How do you build and maintain a system this complicated? The following tips will help you design and organize your data center to keep your company running smoothly:

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Topics: IT, Data Center

10 Ways to Maintain Your Houston Network Cabling

Posted by Scott Resnick on Thu, Dec 18, 2014

You may think your Houston network cabling is an afterthought, but a spaghetti bowl of tangled cables can bring down your data center. Resolve issues like this and other big problems by using these 10 data center tips:

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Topics: IT, Data Center

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