The Top 5 Benefits of Digital Signage and How to Capitalize on Them

The Top 5 Benefits of Digital Signage and How to Capitalize on Them

Organizations around the world are recognizing the benefits of digital signage as a transformative technology with many applications. Digital signage replaces static images with dynamic displays to enhance business communications and create a more powerful marketing message. Unlike traditional print signage that pushes advertising onto the customer, digital signage pulls customers in with vivid video and audio and relevant information. Digital signage can also be read more...

Partnering with the Right Vendors Becomes Critical as IT Complexity Increases

Partnering with the Right Vendors Becomes Critical as IT Complexity Increases

People have been talking about “IT complexity” for years now, but a new survey conducted by Vanson Bourne adds some hard data to the discussion. The study found that the average web-based or mobile transaction touches 35 different components or systems, up from just 22 five years ago. There’s no sign of this trend slowing down. More than half (53 percent) of CIOs surveyed say read more...

How to Streamline the Deployment and Management of Your POP Sites

How to Streamline the Deployment and Management of Your POP Sites

In our last post, we discussed why many organizations are building out their own Internet points of presence (POPs). Rapidly increasing IP traffic volumes are creating bottlenecks in the POP sites of traditional ISPs. In addition, most ISP POP sites are located in major cities, which could be far away from an organization’s users. By implementing their own POP sites in strategic locations, organizations can read more...

Why Organizations Are Building Out Internet Points of Presence

Why Organizations Are Building Out Internet Points of Presence

Consider these statistics from the Cisco Visual Networking Index Complete Traffic Forecast (2016-2021): Global IP traffic will reach 3.3ZB (zettabytes) per year by 2021. That’s 278EB (exabytes) per month. An exabyte is 1 million terabytes and a zettabyte is 1,000 exabytes. IP traffic will see a compound annual growth rate of 24 percent through 2021, to reach 3.2 times 2016 levels. Traffic during the busiest read more...

How the Software-Defined Secure Network Protects the Entire Network

How the Software-Defined Secure Network Protects the Entire Network

Every time a mobile device or Internet of Things (IoT) sensor connects to the network, there’s a real risk of a data breach. Today’s hackers are highly effective at exploiting the vulnerabilities in these devices, as well as tricking users into handing over their legitimate credentials. Once inside, hackers can move across the network undetected, looking to steal sensitive data and sell it to the read more...

Plan for Scalability when Implementing A/V Systems

Plan for Scalability when Implementing A/V Systems

Scalability is a critical concern in today’s IT environment. Given the accelerating pace of demand for IT services, organizations must ensure that systems can scale in terms of performance and capacity without forklift upgrades. Organizations need a well-architected environment that makes it possible to implement new solutions rapidly and integrate them with the existing infrastructure. Audio/visual (A/V) technology has become an essential component of day-to-day read more...

Why the IoT Needs Out-of-Band Management

Why the IoT Needs Out-of-Band Management

The Internet of Things (IoT) promises to revolutionize entire industries through greater efficiency, enhanced customer service and improved decision-making. Forward-thinking organizations are also developing new products, services and business models that leverage Internet-connected devices that gather data and operate autonomously. Imagine retail store shelves that send an alert to the warehouse when they need to be replenished. Smart buildings that automatically control lighting and temperature read more...

Data Center Commissioning Saves Time and Money

Data Center Commissioning Saves Time and Money

There’s a concept in building design and construction known as “commissioning.” Most of us understand the word “commission” to mean a formal request for the building or making of something. A wealthy patron might commission a painting from an artist, for example. However, there’s also a second meaning of “commission”: to bring into working condition something newly produced, such as a factory or machine. When read more...

Is Your Boardroom in Need of a Makeover?

Is Your Boardroom in Need of a Makeover?

When you think of a corporate boardroom, you probably envision a large space dominated by a mahogany table and leather chairs. There may be a speakerphone and old gooseneck microphones along with a projector for PowerPoint presentations. Boardrooms are typically used just four days a year, so few organizations give much thought to updating them. That’s unfortunate because the boardroom can and should be one read more...

Network Performance Lagging? Your Cabling Plant May Be the Culprit

Network Performance Lagging? Your Cabling Plant May Be the Culprit

Five years ago, end-users may have been willing to wait 10 seconds or so for a video to load. They may have put up with choppy video conferences and jittery Voice over IP (VoIP) calls. Those days are long gone. People demand fast download speeds, high-quality communication tools and instant access to network applications, services and information on any device. At the same time, more read more...