By: John Progar
Starting today and through next week Burnham will be going through a series of IT upgrades. The base of the project is to enhance our data and telephone connections. As Burnham expands with more employees and offices our data processing and communication needs also grow.
In today’s world, people are more connected than ever before. Yet, many are only familiar with the tools used to communicate (i.e. social media web sites, phones, email, and instant messaging), but what is often forgotten is the infrastructure it takes to deliver those tools. One piece to the puzzle are massive data centers that dot the world to store and compute data. Most of the time you could drive right past a data center and think nothing of it because there is not much to see. However, when you peal back the onion you will find a deep pool of technology.
Inside the data center you will find servers, power and cooling systems, and complex networks. The network, in my opinion, is the key feature to any computer system. Why? If you or I could not speak to each other then what could we accomplish? Servers, PC’s, mobile phones, tablets, and end-user applications such as, email clients could not accomplish anything without a network to tie it together. For centuries humans have built networks. Yes, centuries. You might be thinking, “I don’t remember reading about the Romans using the Internet” and you are right, but people built roads to travel on and move goods. After roads soon came pipelines and then the telegraph all which to bring people closer together.
Sure the argument can sway towards, “Well… Servers are the most important. If we did not have computers and software then we would not need networks and nothing would work.” I completely agree. However, we have those things and want more so we need bigger and better roads; there’s a balance at hand as well. On that is why Burnham is upgrading its network infrastructure. We are adding capacity to give us the room to build more relationships and be the best in the industry with a solid foundation to work on.
At an end, I have a small marketing spot from Cisco. The commercial is powerful and pronounces the validity of my remarks in this blog. I hope everyone enjoys it and can see my point of view. Finally, during our upgrade process we may have small disruptions to our phone lines and email presence. I encourage all of our clients to contact Burnham project managers via his or her mobile phone. Thank-you for your patience during this critical upgrade!