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It’s the network, stupid

Enterprise IoT Deployments require a bottoms up approach to be successful

James Carville, famed campaign strategist for Bill Clinton
in 1992, facing an incumbent President with a post-Gulf War approval rating of
90%, a year and a half before the election, coined the phrase, “the economy,
stupid”, to remind all staffers to concentrate on the importance of economic
issues.  It was short, pointed and
effective.  Similarly, when I look at
enterprises trying to deploy IoT networks, too many are focusing on a specific
use case or some payoff from big data, when they must remember, all successful
IoT deployments starts with the network.

Network

Enterprise IoT deployments need a bottoms up approach

First, some definitions:

  • Bottoms up = build wireless network (Wi-Fi +
    IoT).  Stable, scalable, secure – then
    build solutions on top of it
  • Top down = find a solution to focused
    problem.  Create an overlay network to
    connect app to a “thing”. 

Every house needs a solid foundation.  You would not want your electrician pouring
concrete, nor would you want your brick layer to work on your plumbing.  So why do we feel comfortable with sensor,
device or manufacturers of “things” providing the components for an enterprise network?  We shouldn’t. 
Thing vendors make things, and network vendors make networks. In
addition, each device vendor only cares about their own device, which means
their own network. Deploying a network for one device type adds complexity,
adds cost, is highly redundant and has the potential to create security
holes. 

Benefits of a bottoms up network

Just as James Carville beseeched his staffers to focus on the economy as a primary driver for success, so to do I beseech Enterprise IT and OT managers to think about the network first.  It will serve you well and provide significant benefits. And here are things to consider in making make a stable, scalable, secure, cost-effective IoT access network that can meet the needs of an enterprise IoT ecosystem.

  1. World-class backbone – enterprise-grade wired and wireless infrastructure.
  2. Integrated front end – AP supporting best of

Are Two Computer Monitors Better Than One?

We live and breathe technology these days. Your day is not complete without using your smart device, logging into your various social media platforms, or browsing the web for the latest news or offerings. While the size of products is getting smaller and smaller with each new model released, those who work can better appreciate the value of using two monitors. Having a dual monitor will allow you to do more work than using one computer monitor alone. Imagine being able to see different data and being able to multitask because you can do multiple things all at the same time.

That is the obvious edge of using a dual computer monitor. While it is not something for everybody, those who work with technology understands its value and can better appreciate the benefits it offers. The first benefit from this set-up obviously has to do with convenience. It allows you a convenient data access especially if your work requires you to check on different data simultaneously like for professional in the field of real estate. Even writers can benefit from having two monitors because you no longer need to switch back from your browser to your word processor because you can now do your research on one monitor and continue your writing on the other.

Walk into any fast-paced startup or high-powered tech company in Silicon Valley and you’ll see a lot of things that might not be traditional for a workplace. Unorthodox decorations, strange lighting and open floor plans will be the order of the day. Yet while tech company environments may be one-of-a-kind when it comes to snack bars and ping pong tables, one thing all seem to share are multiple computer displays for their computing needs.

Using more than one monitor, in this way, has a long history. Banks of displays have their role everywhere from business to the realms of science fiction. It’s only relatively recently, however, that home and business computing has reached a point where it’s cheap enough — and computers are powerful enough

Easy Ways To Clean Your Computer

Here’s something interesting. Did you know that there’s such a thing as the National Clean Out Your Computer Day? Yes, there actually is such a day.

Monday, Feb. 11 is National Clean Out Your Computer Day. When you clean your computer, it’s not just about dusting off your screen and wiping down the keyboard. It’s important to clean the hard drive, updating software, and getting rid of outdated programs.

(Via: http://www.wect.com/2019/02/11/dont-neglect-your-computer-importance-cleaning-it-inside-out/)

That goes to show how important it is to clean out your computer, inside and out. It makes perfect sense. After all, you need to keep your computer in tip top shape so that all your valuable files are protected.

Cleaning your computer’s hardware makes the entire system run more smoothly and keep it running longer. Regular cleaning protects not only your investment, but the important data stored on it as well. Every few days or so, give the screen a good wipe and empty the crumbs out of the keyboard. Those simple tasks will reduce the risk of it breaking and overall help the computer work better.

(Via: http://www.wect.com/2019/02/11/dont-neglect-your-computer-importance-cleaning-it-inside-out/)

A good wipe every now and then is not enough. Cleaning out your computer goes way beyond than just wiping the monitor and the keyboard. You also need to make sure that the fan vents are clean.

You should also regularly clean the dust out of fan vents which can help prevent the computer from overheating and potentially breaking causing you to lose all of your valuable information stored on it. Joseph Sharp, co-owner of Lead Tech Service in Wilmington says cleaning the dust out of the vent fans is a fairly simple task.

(Via: http://www.wect.com/2019/02/11/dont-neglect-your-computer-importance-cleaning-it-inside-out/)

If you are not sure as to how to go about cleaning the fan vents, don’t worry. You can just have your computer cleaned by a professional. That way, the right tool can used to clean the fan vents.

“To actually clean the hardware, I would take it to any computer repair shop” says Sharp. “We all use something called

ManhattanTechSupport.com LLC Recognized for Excellence in Managed IT Services

CRN MSP 500 PR Image Blog Post

New York, NY, March 5, 2019 ManhattanTechSupport.com LLC, the leading IT support and services company in New York City, announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named ManhattanTechSupport.com LLC to its 2019 Managed Service Provider (MSP) 500 list in the Pioneer 250 category. This annual list recognizes North American solution providers with innovative approaches to managed services. These services help customers improve operational efficiencies, maximize return on IT investments, and continuously help them navigate the complexities of IT solutions.

 

Managed service providers are integral to the success of businesses everywhere. They empower companies to implement and operate complex technologies while staying within their budgets and keeping the focus on their core business. CRN’s MSP 500 list identifies the most groundbreaking managed service organizations with advanced solutions that have endless potential for growth.

 

This annual list is divided into three categories: the MSP Pioneer 250, recognizing companies with business models weighted toward managed services and largely focused on the SMB market; the MSP Elite 150, recognizing large, data center-focused MSPs with a strong mix of on-premises and off-premises services; and the Managed Security 100, recognizing MSPs focused primarily on off-premises, cloud-based security services.

 

ManhattanTechSupport.com (www.manhattantechsupport.com) has once again proven to be a leader among NYC MSPs. In a market saturated with tech support companies focused on undercutting each other’s prices just to land a new client, they have proven that the true value of an IT partner lies within exceptional quality of service, subject matter expertise, and overall client-partner relationships – not on price alone.

 

“Capable MSPs enable companies to take their cloud computing to the next level, streamline spending, effectively allocate limited resources and navigate the vast field of available technologies,” said Bob Skelley, CEO of The Channel Company. “The companies on CRN’s 2019 MSP 500 list stand out for their innovative services, excellence in adapting to customers’ changing needs and demonstrated ability to help businesses get the most out of their IT investments.”

 

“By …

Ruckus talks 5G and IoT at MWC 2019

The Ruckus Room recently caught up with Ruckus CTO Mehmet Yavuz and Ruckus VP Greg Beach on the sidelines of a very busy MWC 2019 to discuss 5G and the IoT.

5G

As
Yavuz tells The Ruckus Room, 5G is an
extremely hot topic at the conference in Barcelona. While enhanced mobile
broadband is certainly something to look forward to, says Yavuz, the deployment
of 5G also brings its own set of very real challenges, particularly since 80%
of mobile data is consumed indoors.

“The traditional cellular deployment model has big macros outside with outdoor
antennas. This is a really good model for wide-area outdoor coverage. However, 5G
uses the spectrum band – at the higher end of the spectrum at 3.5 gigahertz or even
higher,” he explains.

“[This makes it] difficult for the signal to penetrate indoors. So, you really need an indoor solution [such as CBRS private LTE] to help solve these indoor data demands. The indoor solution also needs to be scalable, low-cost and easy to deploy.”

Another important aspect of 5G, says Yavuz, is its expected ability to support mission-critical applications.

“You hear about ultra-reliable low latency or millisecond latency and these are targeted at high-end applications,” he elaborates. “It may be a venue [with a need to support] AR/VR, or it may be a factory [supporting] automation. [These applications] all require edge compute capabilities because you don’t have the luxury of using traditional mobile core networks ”

Yavuz also touched on the IoT, noting that there are a plethora of available technologies on the market today.

“We bring all these [disparate] technologies together under one umbrella with our Ruckus IoT suite,” he says. “For the IT department or the operational department, this means there is only one network to manage. For us, what is really important is simplicity, performance and the complete solution.”

Overall, notes Yavuz, the picture for 2019 and beyond looks quite exciting.

“We have all these great technologies coming together with our partners. We’re bringing all these great applications …

Ruckus Networks Appoints Eric Law to VP of EMEA Sales

Ruckus Networks, an ARRIS company, welcomes Eric Law as Vice President of EMEA Sales. In this role, he will be responsible for leading marketing, sales, and operations throughout the region.

Eric Law

“Eric is a highly-regarded industry leader who strategically supports partner, enterprise and channel communities to drive business success,” said Bart Giordano, Sr. Vice President, Worldwide Sales. “We’re confident that Eric will help grow our existing efforts in EMEA, and we’re excited to welcome him to the Ruckus pack.”

Eric previously spent more than 17 years
with Cisco driving results and scaling the business in enterprise and channel
leadership positions. He later joined Purple to lead its worldwide sales
operations. He grew the business from the ground-up and defined the company’s
go-to-market strategy, including proving the impact of a SaaS business model. Eric
will leverage his extensive background to bring strategic growth opportunities
to customers, partners and the company. He will also extend Ruckus’ presence in
vertical markets.

“I was first attracted to Ruckus because of
its partner loyalty and passion; it was unlike anything I’d seen before,” said
Law. “The quality of its people is unmatched, both in their perseverance and in
their hunger to achieve results. The technology is exceptional and speaks for
itself. I see tremendous growth opportunities for us in EMEA.”

After 22 years living in Spain, Eric has a deep-rooted understanding of the European, African, and Middle Eastern market (as well as a soft spot for the Real Madrid football team).

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Ruckus Networks Appoints Eric Law to VP of EMEA Sales

Ruckus Networks, an ARRIS company, welcomes Eric Law as Vice President of EMEA Sales. In this role, he will be responsible for leading marketing, sales, and operations throughout the region.

Eric Law

“Eric is a highly-regarded industry leader who strategically supports partner, enterprise and channel communities to drive business success,” said Bart Giordano, Sr. Vice President, Worldwide Sales. “We’re confident that Eric will help grow our existing efforts in EMEA, and we’re excited to welcome him to the Ruckus pack.”

Eric previously spent more than 17 years
with Cisco driving results and scaling the business in enterprise and channel
leadership positions. He later joined Purple to lead its worldwide sales
operations. He grew the business from the ground-up and defined the company’s
go-to-market strategy, including proving the impact of a SaaS business model. Eric
will leverage his extensive background to bring strategic growth opportunities
to customers, partners and the company. He will also extend Ruckus’ presence in
vertical markets.

“I was first attracted to Ruckus because of
its partner loyalty and passion; it was unlike anything I’d seen before,” said
Law. “The quality of its people is unmatched, both in their perseverance and in
their hunger to achieve results. The technology is exceptional and speaks for
itself. I see tremendous growth opportunities for us in EMEA.”

After 22 years living in Spain, Eric has a deep-rooted understanding of the European, African, and Middle Eastern market (as well as a soft spot for the Real Madrid football team).

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Xeus-Cling: Run C++ code in Jupyter Notebook

Facial Landmark Detection using OpenCV and Dlib in C++ Jupyter Notebook, formerly known as IPython Notebook, in my opinion, is one of the best tools for a programmer. You can interactively experiment with your code while writing it and that makes for a pleasurable programming experience. The vast range of programming languages covered – R, […]

from Learn OpenCV https://www.learnopencv.com/xeus-cling-run-c-code-in-jupyter-notebook/…

The Evolution of Wi-Fi 6: Part 5

In part four of this series, we explored a range of Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) features, including target wake time (TWT), 1024-QAM and Long OFDM Signal. In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at the benefits of Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) for new and legacy devices, as well as the expected feature set arriving in Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) Wave 1 and Wave 2.

Wi-Fi 6

Wi-Fi 6: Current and legacy devices

Although there are relatively few Wi-Fi 6 devices (802.11ax) on the market today (90% of the devices of are still Wi-Fi 5), it is important to note that the industry faced a similar situation when Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) was first introduced. From our perspective, there are several reasons to begin moving to Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) as soon as possible.

Firstly, a Wi-Fi 6 access point (AP) can serve new Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) devices, along with legacy Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) and Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n) devices. Secondly, a number of manufacturers are already selling Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) clients. Thirdly, Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ac) and legacy clients can co-exist just like Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) and Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n). Last, but certainly not least, both Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) and non-Wi-Fi 6 clients benefit from Wi-Fi 6 technologies.

For example, Wi-Fi 6 clients are more efficient, thereby freeing up more spectrum for Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) devices. This is perhaps analogous to a carpool lane, in which the first two lanes are for Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) devices. More specifically, let’s say 50% of the devices are Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) and 50% are Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax). We put all the Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) devices in the carpool lane, allowing them to operate more efficiently. Concurrently, the remaining Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) clients benefit because we took half the cars from all the lanes – which frees up contention for the Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) devices.

This provides higher throughput and performance for
networks, with beacon intervals occurring every 100 milliseconds. So, how does
this work? Well, the AP ‘says’ that it will use …

New Features in Microsoft Teams – Shifts and More

Microsoft Teams

As technology advances, organizations find they can plan more, direct more and execute more because they have more relevant and timely information, thus allowing them to better decisions. As part of the trend of providing more effective and efficient ways to relay information, Microsoft has expanded multiple features within their Microsoft Teams app. Features that promise to connect the right people with the right information, at just the right time.

Shifts

Not every group of employees works together in a close environment. In many cases, staff members are spread out across the local landscape or perhaps even the globe, as in the case of flight crew members. Regardless of the physical location of their employees, shift coordinators need an intelligent mechanism that allows them to plan and coordinate work schedules, which in turn enables seamless delivery of services and/or products to their customer base. With the Teams app Shift tool, managers can easily create, keep track of and update an entire work schedule, thus ensuring that even employees disbursed all over the globe, know where they need to be and when they need to be there.

Updating Made Easy

Especially when employees work out in the field, they need features that will allow them to connect to and update other members of the group who made not be physically nearby. For mobile users, Microsoft’s Team app has a location sharing feature, allowing managers to keep tabs on their employees, as well as allowing employees to verify they are where they say they are. Workers can easily snap and upload photos of work-related issues and share with others, thereby garnering additional insight for problem-solving. They can also immediately text or share their comments by voice, or they can record audio or video messages for viewing at a later date.

Integrate With Current Systems

Microsoft understands that moving an entire organization over to new software takes time. That’s why they created a Graph API that enables organizations to seamlessly integrate their current workforce management system with the new features of their Teams …