State and local governments streamline and virtualize servers in data center optimization efforts

  In This Issue: Focus on Data Center Optimization

SERVERS: Counties Share Advice
INFRASTRUCTURE: Blended Fabrics Speed Deployment
WIRED: Tips for Improving Cable Management
REVIEW: Cisco WAVE 294

February 2012  

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Best Practices  

How to Consolidate the Data Center

IT managers from Illinois and Virginia counties who have embarked on server virtualization offer advice about how to smooth the deployment process and obtain the most value.


Tech Trends  

Converged Infrastructure Unifies the Data Center

Sandy Springs, Ga., deploys NetApp FlexPod to ease IT management, while the state of Illinois explores streamlining the data center infrastructure with a single architecture.

Tech Tips  

Cleaning Up Cable Management

For all of the benefits of server virtualization, the technology can complicate cable management in the data center. Follow these five strategies for streamlining cabling to maximize your return on investment.

Product Review  

Cisco WAVE 294

Cisco Systems' WAVE 294 WAN optimization appliance improves the application experience for users in small and medium-sized branch offices and is easily managed by remote IT administrators.


Video: How to Shrink by Design

States make consolidation and standardization top priorities


Reference Guide

Data Center Optimization: Bringing efficiency and improved services to the infrastructure


Q&A: New York City CIO discusses consolidation initiative

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