Effective Collaboration is Key to Driving Workplace Productivity

Effective Collaboration is Key to Driving Workplace Productivity

What exactly do we mean by “workplace productivity”? It’s not the same thing as efficiency, which is simply the output generated versus the resources used. Productivity, on the other hands, refers to both the amount of work completed and the value of that work. Two hours spent cleaning out your email inbox isn’t as productive as two hours spent working on an important project or nurturing a read more...

Defining the Hybrid Cloud Starts with an Evaluation of Business Objectives

Defining the Hybrid Cloud Starts with an Evaluation of Business Objectives

What is a hybrid cloud? Ask 10 people in the IT industry and you’ll probably get 10 different answers. At the most basic level, a hybrid cloud is the intersection of an off-premises, hyperscale cloud service and a privatized IT infra­­­structure that you run as a cloud. The degree to which those two environments intersect can vary widely. For some organizations, it simply means managing read more...

A Day in the Life… of an Irish Engineer

A Day in the Life… of an Irish Engineer

A passion for computers from an early age and an inquisitive mind that pondered the workings of machines inspired Rory Byrne’s career choice. Rory, who is from Dublin, Ireland, is a Data Center Engineer with Rahi Systems. Headquartered in Fremont, California, Rahi Systems has offices in more than 25 locations across the world. Just four years ago, the company expanded into Europe where it has read more...

Cloud or Colo? Why not both?

Cloud or Colo? Why not both?

Every organization seeks to derive maximum value from its data, whether it’s to enhance the customer experience, improve decision-making or create competitive advantages. At the same time, there is a cost to storing and managing data, a cost that only increases as the volume of data grows. This leads many organizations to question whether they should deploy their data in the cloud or in a read more...

A Look at AWS Transit Gateways

A Look at AWS Transit Gateways

Amazon Web Services introduced the AWS Transit Gateway service in November 2018 to enable customers to connect multiple Virtual Private Clouds (VPCs) without having to rely on point-to-point IPsec tunnels. AWS Transit Gateway enables a hub-and-spoke model with centralized control of traffic routed among VCPs. This reduces operational costs and management complexity and makes it easier to scale the network as more VPCs are added. read more...

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...