Cisco Launching Smart Building Products

Cisco continues to innovate it the area of the Internet of Things (IoT), and now they are launching products to help design smart buildings. Every thing in a building can now be interconnected through your network. You can automate things from elevators, ventilation, security, sensors, and more. This is a new cost effective way to manage the ecosystem of any office building or hotel. Not to sure if it can be applied to private residences, because of laws around privacy and tenant rights. Lets try to draw a picture of how this can work.

If you work in a building that requires a security badge, that badge can be your all access key to the areas you are permitted to go. Everything from the security turnstile to your office door could use sensors to unlock. You won’t even have to press elevator buttons to go to your office, the sensors will pick up your badge.

As to what this will look like from an infrastructure point of view. All essential infrastructure will work together to keep building safe and secure. Your hvac system will be connected and will work together to keep the building at a comfortable temperature for people, while making sure pipes don’t freeze, and server rooms stay cool. If you have an area that needs to be ventilated, sensors will handle that automatically. If a fire happens in one area, the entire sprinkler system does not need to go off, just that area, and the area the fire spreads to.

All these systems come together in one platform, and they help feed data back to make the building more efficient and more people friendly. You can adjust the energy output in your building to cut cost. This provides countless benefits to the end user. This is going to become a basic in building infrastructure going forward.

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The Tech World Rallies Against Trump

After Trump signed an immigration ban into practice, and nation wide protest erupted into airports across the countries. This is one of the rarest times, where people voluntarily waited for hours at an airport. Another result of Trump’s immigration band, is that the most powerful tech companies have pledged to fight Trump ban and support immigrant employees, and refugees that can be victimized by this. For some of the largest corporations to take such an aggressive opposition to a President is unheard of.

Some of the companies planning to fight back include Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Lyft, and Uber. Microsoft, Amazon, and Expedia have decided to take the battle to Trump in the court of law. The companies have filed a lawsuit against the immigration ban. Lyft has pledged $1 million to the American Civil Liberties Union, and Uber pledged $3 million to help any of its drivers who may be victim of Trumps immigration policy. Google has led protest on its campuses worldwide to show the outrage of these policies.

High profile tech CEOs like Elon Musk argue against the ban, and hope to reason with Trump as an advisor. Others like Tim Cook and Mark Zuckerberg, and have spoken out and shown their connection with immigrants. Cook spoke about Apple would not be around because Steve Jobs was an immigrant. Zuckerberg spoke about how his ancestors, and the ancestors of his wife were immigrants.

Compulink was founded by an immigrant, and would not exist if our CEO Rafael Arboleda never moved to the United States from Ecuador. Immigrant contribute greatly to our economy and society, and banning them is unjust. Regardless of who they worship, where they are from, and the color of their skin, all immigrants deserve a chance at the American Dream.

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VMware Announces vCloud Availablity for vCloud Director 1.0.1: Cloud Based Disaster Recovery for vSphere

VMware has announced its new vCloud Availability for vCloud Director 1.0.1. Not excited? It’s OK, this can be very hard to understand, but let’s break it down into simple terms. This means that if you use the VMware’s cloud solutions for data protection and recovery, you can now have an instantly synced replication and fail safe system. So vCloud Air Availability is a family of products VMware makes to provide cloud based data protection and back up. vCloud Director will now provide an asynchronous replication and fail over system.

If you use a vSphere replication program to backup your data, with vCloud Director you have a service that is better for replication and is better for recovery. The latest of the vCloud Director is 1.0.1. If you get into the weeds, it can be very hard to understand how this all works out. Basically all you have to do is connect your vSphere replication services to your cloud provider who runs vCloud Director on their end. This process is done through vCloud Air Availability.

To learn more, you should go to VMware’s blog and website to get the first hand technical knowledge. As a partner of VMware we do our best to make sure we provide the latest solutions to everyone. The best thing is that this will help you protect your data. It makes your cloud solutions scalable and designed around your organization.

Read more about this on VMware’s blog. Click Here

You can also check out their demo on YouTube. Click Here

Cisco Buys AppsDynamic for $3.7 Billion

Cisco recently acquired AppDynamics for $3.7 billion, just before AppDynamics was set to take its company public. This signals a trend that is likely to continue, with large tech companies acquiring emerging tech unicorns before they go public. This can mean a lot of different things to different people. If you’re a Cisco stockholder, you’re very happy. If you’re planning to invest in AppDynamics once it was public, you’re mad. If you’re a consumer, you want to know what it means for you.

What this means for consumers of Cisco, is that they will now offer software with their hardware. Cisco has been mostly a hardware tech company, and one of the biggest and best. Now the will be able to create the software to compliment their hardware. Cisco primarily wrote the big check for AppDynamics software business.  This will change the sales and investment structure for Cisco, and we have to see how it affects consumers.

Cisco hope that AppDynamics software will enable them to be a software based company. This means that there will be software to continue to improve the front end business operations with the back end. Cisco hope to have software that can tell you how thing like websites and cash registers are doing, and use the back end network to improve performance and analytics.

As for us, we see this as an interesting opportunity. We have been a Cisco partner for many years, and look forward to offering new solutions for our clients. We will keep you updated on what this acquisition will mean going forward.

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Start Small with IoT

Have been thinking about how to start implementing the internet of things (IoT) for you company, but you don’t know where to start? Well you may want to start small. What I mean by that is, you want to pick a small part of your operation to implement IoT. For example if you have a manufacturing plant, you may want to implement IoT in just one assembly line. IoT can be very beneficial to a company, but also very hard to implement.

The benefits of starting small are numerous and can help you decide in the long run of IoT is something worth implementing fully. With an technology upgrade and implementation you will experience many difficulties. Starting small will allow to see what the challenges are and what bugs need to be fixed. You can measure on a small scale if the implementation of ROI is helping efficiency and you bottom line.

It very easy to think that you need to fully implement something like IoT when you first start to consider it. However; starting small is a great option for every business that wants IoT. This is how you see the cost versus the benefits. You can get a picture of how this can work for your company. If you’re interested in learning about IoT and how to start implementing, you should read this blog from Cisco on how to start small. Click here for the blog.

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