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How a Data Center Cooling System Can Reduce Downtime

Posted by Jason Blalock on Jun 30, 2016 6:00:00 AM

As your server setup and data centers grow, having a solid data center cooling system in place becomes increasingly important.  Whether you're considering adding one to your own in-house data center, or shopping around between third-party centers, having a modern and well-maintained data center cooling system will reduce downtime and save money in the long run.

Heat, of course, will tend to build up among any collection of electronics, with more heat being generated as the collection grows.  This problem gets worse if the data center is in a relatively small room, leaving the rapidly-warming air with no place to go.  Further compounding the issue is that server and data center equipment tends to be less heat-tolerant than off-the-shelf consumer gear, so overheating can quickly become a very costly problem.

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Topics: Data

The Game Changes Again: The Surprise Microsoft Linkedin Buyout

Posted by Jason Blalock on Jun 28, 2016 6:00:00 AM

As though they couldn't stand to be upstaged, right in the middle of E3, Microsoft dropped a bombshell that managed to take tech bloggers and news outlets totally by surprise:  Microsoft had purchased social media outlet LinkedIn for a rather stunning $26 Billion dollars.

This was followed by a collective "Whaaaaaaaat?" from most observers.

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Topics: Business IT Network

The Meraki MR53 Access Point: 802.11ac Wave 2 Done Right

Posted by Jason Blalock on Jun 28, 2016 6:00:00 AM


In the past couple years, we've become increasingly impressed by the product offerings coming out of Meraki.  This Cisco-owned brand has become one of the true trailblazers in next-generation networking, and their new MR53 Access Point keeps that trend going.

We've gotten our hands on the first public units, and the initial results are very, very impressive.  As of writing, this is easily the most advanced 802.11ac Wave 2 access point on the market, and one that may convince a lot of larger organizations that it's time for a WiFi upgrade.  If your own employees and\or customers are demanding more robust wireless options, read on to see how the MR53 changes the game.

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Topics: Wireless Access Points, Meraki

Selecting the Right Rack PDU for Your Data Center: Seven Options

Posted by Jason Blalock on Jun 23, 2016 7:30:00 AM

Power Distribution Units -PDUs- are one of those aspects of network design which are often overlooked... until there are power problems, that is.  The truth is that good rack PDU choices are absolutely vital to proper network performance and uptime, even if they aren't as "sexy" as investing in the latest high-tech switch or routers. Without proper power distribution, even the most cutting-edge network is useless.

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Topics: Racks and Enclosures, Power and Protection, Data

The Meraki MR52 Access Point- Speed, Power, and Flexibility

Posted by Jason Blalock on Jun 21, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Meraki's latest entries in their line of high-end WiFi access points are here, and they are impressive.  They have developed quite a reputation for being on the cutting edge of networking, and the new MR52 Meraki access point doesn't disappoint.  It's easily one of the most powerful 802.11ac Wave 2 APs available, and makes a compelling argument for network upgrades.

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Topics: Wireless Access Points, Meraki

The Meraki MS425-32 Switch: Built For 21st Century Bandwidth Needs

Posted by Jason Blalock on Jun 14, 2016 6:30:00 AM

We've commented before on the meteoric rise of Meraki to become one of the most popular new options in networking at both the low and high ends.  One of the main reasons for that is their continued commitment to expanding their line at both ends, looking to grab more customers with a wide range of needs.  Let's take a deeper dive, shall we?

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Topics: Meraki Switches

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