How to Leverage Threat Intelligence to Boost Security


Cisco released its 2016 Annual Security Report in January, and the research reveals that organizations lack confidence in their ability to defend against sophisticated security threats. Only 45 percent of organizations worldwide believe their security posture provides adequate protection. Out-of-date

How to Gain Access to Cisco’s Threat Awareness Service


In our last post, we discussed some of the features and benefits of Cisco’s Smart Net Total Care Service, which combines traditional SMARTnet technical support with Smart Net Total Care to create a comprehensive maintenance and support management solution. All

Is Your Gear Fully Covered by Cisco Smart Net Total Care?


In a previous post, we explained the merger of Cisco SMARTnet technical support with Smart Net Total Care to create the Cisco Smart Net Total Care Service. Cisco’s technical support program provides a number of essential features, including: Direct access

VMware NSX: SDN Solution and Security Enhancer


In 2012, VMware announced that it would be acquiring Nicira, a pioneer in the software-defined networking (SDN) space, for approximately $1.2 billion. Realizing that the focus of networking was quickly shifting from hardware to software, the folks at VMware were

The Changing Face of Storage for Virtualization


The 2016 State of Storage in Virtualization report from Tegile Systems and ActualTech Media suggests that enterprises are virtualizing a larger portion of their IT environments and rethinking their approach to storage as a result. More than six in 10

A Look Ahead: Our Predictions for 2016 and Beyond


This is the time of year when industry analysts and experts make predictions about what the technology landscape will look like in the year to come. That’s a profoundly difficult proposition given the pace of change and the hype that

The Move from Converged to ‘Composable’ Infrastructure


Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has long been at the forefront of the converged infrastructure movement — in fact, the company is widely credited with coining the term “converged infrastructure” back in 2010. Now, HPE has developed the concept of “composable

New Tools Help Deliver on the Promise of the Hybrid Cloud


Cloud computing holds great promise for helping IT become more agile and deploy innovative applications and services more quickly. The hybrid cloud is emerging as the likely end game for most organizations, providing the security and control of a private

How to Avoid Bungling Cisco Service Contract Renewals


In July of this year, Cisco announced the merger of its SMARTnet support services with Smart Net Total Care to create the Cisco Smart Net Total Care Service. While SMARTnet has been retired, its legacy of award-winning support remains as

A Better Way to Manage Service Contracts


There’s no doubt that your organization has multiple servers, storage devices, switches, appliances … and service contracts. Who knew there could be so many contracts, warranty periods and expiration dates? Managing it all is a paperwork nightmare that gets pushed