Why You Need Audio & Video Specialists with Expertise in IT Systems

Why You Need Audio & Video Specialists with Expertise in IT Systems

Not that long ago, audio and video components and IT systems were distinct elements of the corporate environment that intersected in only limited ways. Each had its own connectivity requirements and was administered by specialists who only understood their domain. Those distinctions are virtually eliminated now. Audio and video conferencing systems, digital signage, and more now attach to the data network. Administrators must understand not read more...

Ensuring that Aisle Containment Meets Fire Suppression Requirements

Ensuring that Aisle Containment Meets Fire Suppression Requirements

Organizations continue to prioritize aisle containment as a means of controlling energy costs and protecting data center equipment from overheating. In a previous post, we explained how aisle containment prevents the mixing of hot and cold air by isolating each aisle of equipment. Whether you opt for hot- or cold-aisle containment, you’re essentially creating a room within a room by attaching ceiling panels, walls and doors read more...

3 Core Functions that Help Maximize Cybersecurity

3 Core Functions that Help Maximize Cybersecurity

Even in today’s threat climate, many organizations lack the skill sets, processes and tools they need to protect their IT infrastructure. Most have implemented basic solutions, but few have an overarching cybersecurity strategy. They aren’t sure where to begin. As organizations begin to develop a cybersecurity campaign, they should look at three core areas: vulnerability scanning, architecture and detection methods, and rapid detection and response. read more...

The IoT Security Challenge and How to Address It

The IoT Security Challenge and How to Address It

The Internet of Things (IoT) is already transforming entire industries and bringing an array of benefits to organizations of all sizes. However, the devices that comprise the IoT have notoriously weak security, creating a massive attack surface to be exploited by malicious actors. Security has typically been an afterthought with the IoT, but organizations need procedures and controls in place to reduce the risk of read more...

Why Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Is a Good Fit for Today’s Business and IT Requirements

Why Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Is a Good Fit for Today’s Business and IT Requirements

Hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) solutions have been around for a number of years and have seen broad adoption in organizations of all sizes. HCI makes good business sense for organizations with limited IT resources and the need to become more responsive to changing business demands. The term “convergence” refers generally to IT solutions that integrate compute, storage, networking and systems management resources in a single platform read more...

What Is Structured Cabling and Why Is It Important?

What Is Structured Cabling and Why Is It Important?

The term “structured cabling” conjures up images of a neatly installed cabling plant with everything properly labeled. However, structured cabling is actually much more than that. It’s a comprehensive system for designing and implementing a flexible and future-proof network infrastructure that enables the continuous flow of information. What’s more, the structured cabling plant encompasses more than the data center and endpoint devices. It supports voice read more...

Why Today’s Global Businesses Need a Cloud-Delivered Firewall Solution

Why Today’s Global Businesses Need a Cloud-Delivered Firewall Solution

The firewall remains an essential component of a layered approach to cybersecurity. However, routing network traffic through the traditional data center firewall can create performance and latency issues for employees worldwide who need access to company resources. A cloud-delivered firewall can relieve these headaches. Mobile and remote users connect to the nearest node on a global cloud network to access the resources they need, whether read more...

Is Your Organization Taking Full Advantage of Video Conferencing Technology?

Is Your Organization Taking Full Advantage of Video Conferencing Technology?

Video conferencing used to require expensive hardware that was installed only in the largest conference rooms and boardrooms. Today, cloud-based technologies have made video conferencing so affordable that organizations are implementing it throughout their facilities. Many organizations with open office plans are even putting webcams and video conferencing apps in the smallest meeting rooms and huddle rooms. Plus, individual employees have easy access to video read more...

Tips and Tools for Effectively Planning and Managing Meeting Spaces

Tips and Tools for Effectively Planning and Managing Meeting Spaces

Today, many organizations opt for an open office environment — eliminating walls and cubicles in order to break down office hierarchies and encourage collaboration. The problem is that people still need privacy from time to time. While you might have been able to take a private phone call in a cubicle, you now have to find a phone booth, small meeting space or conference room. read more...

How 3-D Visualizations Augment the A/V Design Process

How 3-D Visualizations Augment the A/V Design Process

Working with A/V professionals to design your meeting space offers a number of benefits. People who specialize in A/V are going to be familiar with all the latest solutions and know what works in real-world environments. They can apply this knowledge to the customer’s requirements, budget and the specific characteristics of each space to create the best possible solution. For many customers, however, this still read more...