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Learn from triathlons how better communication & collaboration means more productive employees


By guest blogger, Don Wilson


I’m a big fan of triathlons, both as a spectator and participant. One thing you learn quickly is even though a triathlon can last hours, even an entire day, it’s a sport in which every second counts. For instance, triathletes will extend an enormous amount of effort to reduce transition times. Transitions are the phases of the race where the triathlete has to transition from swimming to cycling, then again later from cycling to running.  This may involve quickly removing a wet suit, putting on a helmet, clipping cycling shoes into the pedals before the race, or running with the bike while quickly trying to get a foot in each shoe. All of these steps are done to shave off even a few seconds from an overall race time.

In the same way, businesses search for ways to improve worker productivity in some of the most obscure ways, sometimes missing the biggest opportunities to truly impact employee effectiveness in the workplace. In today’s world, the workplace can be anywhere—businesses are looking for new ways to quickly increase productivity, improve communications and empower users with anywhere, anytime access to the collaboration tools they need from any device, while still ensuring compliance and security. To enable this type of productivity, businesses continue to search for ways to unify communication and collaboration tools and applications across the campus and within the data center.

Having a single unified platform for email, instant messaging, video conferencing, presence, enterprise voice and collaboration applications can offer a multitude of benefits. Traditional platforms have historically been delivered in silos, addressing different needs with different applications and infrastructure, translating to vendors offering solutions that fail to intersect or work together in any meaningful manner. Today, Microsoft and HPE offer solutions that blur those lines, providing businesses of all sizes a simple and effective way to communicate and collaborate all from a single, unified platform.

Enterprise voice in particular poses a challenge to legacy networks. Voice traffic is highly dependent upon the ability to prioritize voice data. Failure to account for this will result in poor quality of service (QoS), something all businesses assume is a given with their older PBX systems. Any new unified platform must deliver a QoS equal to if not better than what older PBX systems have provided. To address this challenge, many businesses are using software-defined networking along with converged infrastructure to deliver the speed and efficiency they need to sustain dynamic workloads, while still simplifying their infrastructure.

As communication for the modern workforce continues to evolve, HPE has you covered with proven hardware, along with the validated and tested reference architectures that you can use to build out your infrastructure and most importantly, to assist in improving communication and collaboration.

Here are a few newly released HPE Reference Architectures to help you solve your communication and collaboration workload problems.

Now available

Deploy 7,500 mailboxes with Exchange Server 2016 on RAID-less JBOD storage.

HPE Reference Configuration for upgrading Microsoft Lync Server 2013 to Microsoft Skype for Business 2015 on HPE DL380 Gen9 servers

HP Reference Architecture for Exchange 2013 on Apollo 4200 w/SFF HDD

Exchange 2013 on Apollo 4510 for 3,400 mailboxes

HP Reference Architecture for Exchange 2013 on Apollo 4530

HPE Reference Architecture for Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 on HPE Apollo 4200 Gen9 Server (LFF)

Coming soon:

HPE Reference Architecture for Microsoft SharePoint 2016 on BL460c & MSA2040, (Virtualized) 1K seat SharePoint Farm

HP Reference Architecture for Skype for Business - 5K Users with SDN on DL


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