Tech Trends 2018

June 1, 2018

THE renowned German conductor Kurt Masur once noted that an orchestra full of stars can be a disaster. Though we have no reason to believe the maestro was speaking metaphorically, his observation does suggest something more universal: Without unity and harmony, discord prevails. Many companies competing in markets that are being turned upside down by technology innovation are no strangers to discord. Today, digital reality, cognitive, and blockchain—stars of the enterprise technology realm—are redefining IT, business, and society in general. In the past, organizations typically responded to such disruptive opportunities by launching transformation initiatives within technology domains.

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Communication Concepts, Inc.

Business Sense Our clients tell us, “You guys get how our business operates!” We work in a variety of verticals, from non-profits, to medical, to legal, to professional services – we’ve seen alot. Our goal is to not just be another vendor, but to integrate into your organization. When you call a plumber or copier repair person – likely they’re just a phone number, there’s no relationship. We focus on the relationship. We want to know how your business functions, what’s important to it. We observe employee workflows, looking for ways to increase productivity. We strive to be more than just a name under “IT” in your phone – we are a relationship IT service provider.

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Virtualization can transform your company’s IT infrastructure

Article | February 18, 2020

For many companies in today’s highly competitive, rapidly digitizing world, data center transformation is not merely a one-time project – it’s a constant challenge. No corporate IT leader should be content merely to revamp their data infrastructure once, then call it a day. Instead, they should always be looking for ways to make their approach to data more dynamic and easier to scale. Ideally, they’d do so in a way that maximizes resource utilization while minimizing costs. Luckily, that’s exactly the idea behind virtualization, which involves creating a new infrastructure that’s capable of rapidly scaling and facilitating workload development. IT leaders are quickly coming to realize that with virtualization in their toolbox, they’re able to make their operations more agile than ever, and without increasing costs. This is why over 80% of enterprise server workloads today are running on virtual machines, and the market for data center virtualization is expected to reach a total value of $10 billion by 2023.

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Best Practices for vSphere 6.7 Tagging

Article | February 13, 2020

vSphere Tags were introduced in version 5.1 as a way to organize inventory objects such as VMs, Hosts, Datastores, etc., a much-needed feature for helping search for or group objects within vSphere. A Tag is basically a label that can be applied to vSphere inventory objects. When an administrator creates a tag, it is then assigned to a tag category. Categories allow the grouping of related tags. When a Category is created, you can specify associations of object types (such as; VM or Datastore) as well as whether more than one tag in a category can be applied to an object (ex; One Tag or Many Tags).

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How to automate the creation multiple routable VLANs on single L2 network using VyOS

Article | February 12, 2020

My personal homelab has a very simple network topology, everything is connected to a single flat network. This has served me well over the years, but sometimes it can prevent me from deploying more complex scenarios. Most recently while working with NSX-T and Project Pacific, I had a need for additional VLANs which my home router does not support. There are a number of software solutions that can be used including the popular pfSense, which I have used before. Over the Winter break, a colleague introduced me to VyOS, which is another popular software firewall and router solution. I had not heard of VyOS before but later realized it was derived from Vyatta, which I had heard of, but development of that solution had stopped and VyOS is now the open source version of that software. Having never played with VyoS before, I thought this might be a good learning opopournity and started to dabble with VyOS over the holiday.

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Hyperconverged Infrastructure for Remote/Branch Offices & Edge Computing

Article | February 10, 2020

Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) is playing a significant role in building an enterprise multi-cloud environment. The benefits are well documented – you can learn more about them in a new white paper developed in collaboration with ViON, Fujitsu, and Nutanix, “Simplifying Multi-Cloud and Securing Mission Progress.” In addition to driving a cloud foundation, hyperconverged infrastructure is driving other use cases. In our first blog, we examined the impact that HCI can have in a disaster recovery solution. In this installment, we’ll discuss how HCI is changing the dynamics for remote offices and edge computing.

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Spotlight

Communication Concepts, Inc.

Business Sense Our clients tell us, “You guys get how our business operates!” We work in a variety of verticals, from non-profits, to medical, to legal, to professional services – we’ve seen alot. Our goal is to not just be another vendor, but to integrate into your organization. When you call a plumber or copier repair person – likely they’re just a phone number, there’s no relationship. We focus on the relationship. We want to know how your business functions, what’s important to it. We observe employee workflows, looking for ways to increase productivity. We strive to be more than just a name under “IT” in your phone – we are a relationship IT service provider.

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