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OktoberTekfest KegBot: IoT Integration on Tap! (Part 2)

[fa icon="calendar'] September 27, 2017 - Written by Marty Jefferson
Posted in Intelligent Networks

Welcome to KegBot, Part 2!  If you read my last blog, you know that we’ve set out to build the most awesome IoT device ever; an automated beer dispenser we call the KegBot!  If you didn’t get a chance to read it, you can get up to speed on the first several hurdles we tackeled here.

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OktoberTekfest KegBot: IoT Integration on Tap!

[fa icon="calendar'] September 14, 2017 - Written by Marty Jefferson
Posted in Intelligent Networks

For the last 5 years, IE’s invited customers to sample the latest technologies and some of the best local beer and food as part of our OktoberTekfest event. It’s a great opportunity to see the latest products and solutions offered by IE and our partners, to meet the IE staff and have some fun. As part of the planning team for IE, it falls on me to determine what Collaboration technology we’re going to present to give our customers a glimpse of the future and prepare their organizations for what’s to come. This is no easy task. There are so many technologies with so much potential. This year we thought we’d take a slightly different approach with one demo. We wanted to not only showcase our partner’s tech but also what creative things our technical team can do with them.


We thought about what technology could we show at a German Oktoberfest-inspired event. An event with a fully functional beer garden, lots of beer flowing, and the smell of brats, pretzels and other great food. Wouldn’t it be cool if we could combine two of our favorite things, technology AND beer? And then it hit us, we’ll build a KegBot! 


What is a KegBot? 

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Why Should You Care About Cisco DNA? (An Engineer’s Perspective)

[fa icon="calendar'] September 8, 2017 - Written by Jaymes Krueger
Posted in Intelligent Networks

For years, we’ve heard about Software Defined Networking (SDN), and while the hype has been tremendous, we in the engineering community have joked that SDN stands for “Still Does Nothing”. Now that that SDN has been overhyped, marketers have moved on to terms like SD-Access (or SD-WAN) and Digitization. So, when Cisco recently announced their Digital Network Architecture, or DNA, the engineering community reacted with a collective yawn. Just another marketing term, right? Is this just an attempt to erase stale connotations of the first-generation SDN? Not exactly, as it turns out. Where SDN was the automation of network management, Cisco DNA is the automation of the network itself, or  “digital networking”.

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Twinkle, Twinkle Internet Star –Increase Security and Reduce Risk with a Layered Security Posture

[fa icon="calendar'] April 26, 2017 - Written by Derrick Whisel
Posted in Mobility, Intelligent Networks, Security

 Twinkle, Twinkle, little star,

How I wonder what you are!

Up above the world so high,

Like an Access Point providing Wi-Fi!

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Why Working with a Partner Beats Buying from a Vendor

[fa icon="calendar'] February 23, 2017 - Written by Justin Bera
Posted in Data Center, Intelligent Networks, Collaboration, Security

Part One Of a Five-Part Series


2017 marks my twentieth year in the IT field and fifth working in the reseller space. I feel like I’ve seen it all, but one thing that seems constant regardless of the organization is the struggle to reconcile the relationship between vendors and the business. I think I’ve heard every theory and strategy out there. Some want a different vendor for each architecture: the different eggs in different baskets theory. Some take every purchase as a challenge to get an ever-cheaper price: the pit them against each other theory. While others go with my personal favorite, “I like to spread it around:” the I want everyone to like me and get an equal cut of my budget theory.

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