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In most data centers, DCIM rests on a shaky foundation of manual record keeping and scattered documentation. OpManager replaces data center documentation with a single repository for data, QRCodes for asset tracking, accurate 3D mapping of asset locations, and a configuration management database (CMDB). In this webcast, sponsored by ManageEngine, you will see how a real-world datacenter mapping stored in racktables gets imported into OpManager, which then provides a 3D visualization of where assets actually are. You'll also see how the QR Code generator helps you make the link between real assets and the monitoring world, and how the layered CMDB provides a single point of view for all your configuration data.

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Equant: Shift To VoIP Is Inevitable

While Voice over IP (VoIP) may be a new technology to many IT professionals, it's old hat to communications and network services provider Equant, which supports voice as just part of the traffic carried over its IP VPN services.

In a phone conversation with Michael Burrell, head of enterprise telephony at Equant, we asked about VoIP in general, and how IP VPNs can help companies looking to add VoIP to their mix of technologies, among other topics.

Networking Pipeline: What benefits can enterprises gain by moving from traditional WAN services to an IP-based VPN?

Michael Burrell: It starts with an application performance assessment. Most enterprises don't have a good handle on which applications are using bandwidth. In an assessment, you may find out that a lot of bandwidth is being consumed by applications that are not mission-critical to the business. With an MPLS-based IP VPN, you can optimize and properly size the bandwidth -- and you may even end up saving money by using less overall bandwidth, with converged services.

Networking Pipeline: Can voice be a part of the IP VPN?


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