Cisco UCSD

February 25th, 2015

LightEdge was recently included as the single service provider exclusively featured in a video presentation during the Cloud keynote address at Cisco Live Milan. Hear from our VP of Cloud and Product Architecture, Mike McHenry, who was interviewed for the video on the innovative things that Cisco is developing to drive the industry into the future below.

Written by Mike McHenry, VP of Cloud and Product Architecture

Written by Mike McHenry, VP of Cloud and Product Architecture

I recently had the opportunity to share some of my excitement about the Cisco UCS family of products during an interview with Cisco. Clips from this interview were recently played at the CiscoLive event in Milan and are available HERE There are so many exciting and innovative things that Cisco is developing in the Cloud space that I find it difficult to limit myself to a manageable quantity of talking points! That being said, over the next few weeks I plan to share three specific platforms that I believe will help propel LightEdge (and the industry at large) into the future. The first platform that I will discuss is Cisco UCSD.

Cisco UCSD (Cisco Unified Computing Systems Director)

UCS Director continues to be a foundation for the ever-increasing complexities of Cloud technologies. The compute, storage and networking components tend to get much of the attention when building Cloud platforms but I believe the provisioning and orchestration aspects of these environments are becoming even more critical than the underlying infrastructure itself. Investing in mission critical infrastructure (UCS hardware vs whitebox) is still a very important aspect of the design; but the best designed Cloud platforms tend to go unused if the consumers cannot easily CONSUME them. In other words you can build the best mouse trap the world has ever seen but it’s not going to fly off the shelves until you have developed an effective “sales channel”. I’m using the phrase “sales channel” loosely here, but I believe it really describes what is happening with IT. IT provides solutions, but if they are unable to do so in a scalable, reliable and timely fashion the consumers will find another store to shop at.

UCS Director solves this with out-of-the-box “sales channels”. In other words Cisco has pre-packaged “sales channels” for getting compute into the hands of the CONSUMERS of the compute (business users). It can also be customized around the Service Providers approach. From VM provisioning to Bare Metal, from Public Cloud to Private Cloud, from vSphere to HyperV, from traditional Windows application hosting to Big Data,from EMC to NetApp storage, the list goes on and on. UCSD helps tie these underlying “supply logistics” issues together while providing a consistent and scalable consumption engine for end users to consume IT services from. IT can do their job by keeping the shelves in the “cloud” stocked, and business users can pull  inventory off the shelves as needed!

Finally consider that UCSD is not just a Service Provider tool. Business IT groups are struggling with the same challenges listed above, and UCS Director is a capable tool that can help Businesses solve their “sales channel” challenges as well as it helps Service Providers! This is a very important point. UCSD is not just another provisioning or automation tool!

Be sure to check back next week for highlights on Cisco VACs (Cisco Virtual Application Container Services).



Presenting Sponsor for innovationIowa Magazine Unveiling Party

February 19th, 2015


What: innovationIowa Magazine Unveiling Party

When: Tuesday, March 3rd, 5:00-7:00PM.

Where: The World Food Prize Hall of Laureates is located at 100 Locust Street in Des Moines.

LightEdge is excited to be presenting sponsor for the 2nd Annual Des Moines Business Record innovationIowa Magazine unveiling party! The 2015 edition of innovationIowa will be dedicated to highlighting the accomplishments of local Iowa businesses that have excelled in the industries of Biotechnology, Advanced Manufacturing, Information Technology and STEM through ground-breaking achievements.. The unveiling celebration will be held at The World Food Prize Hall of Laureates from 5-7pm on Tuesday, March 3rd.

In addition to the magazine unveiling, the first ever DuPont Pioneer innovationLEADER of the Year award will be given out to an individual for their originality, leadership and impact on their company, state or local economy, and/or the general public through innovative concepts, processes, and/or products.

LightEdge would like to congratulate NewLink Genetics Corp. for being recognized with the DuPont Pioneer innovationLEADER of the Year Award. NewLink will be honored at the event on Tuesday, March 3rd. We hope to see you there!

LightEdge partners with ScienceLogic for Monitoring Technologies

January 16th, 2015

SLEarlier this week we announced that we will be teaming up with ScienceLogic for our Monitoring services. Hear from our VP of Cloud and Product Architecture, Mike McHenry, below to learn more about this exciting partnership.

Recently we chose to partner with ScienceLogic for a complete replacement of our monitoring technologies, both internally and externally. ScienceLogic has been a leader in providing monitoring solutions for service providers for many years.

I’m very excited about this partnership for several reasons.

Firstly, ScienceLogic takes a somewhat different approach to monitoring that do most of its competitors. We find that this unique approach aligns well with our vision of IT management. While most monitoring solutions are content to manage device states, ScienceLogic was architected around the principal that the BUSINESS drives IT requirements. To this end ScienceLogic provides views, reports and metrics that matter to the business, not just the IT resources managing the devices being monitored. Make no mistake, while ScienceLogic does a phenomenal job of traditional device monitoring it is also one of the market leaders in displaying that data (in a meaningful fashion) to business decision makers. Finally the business can create and manage its own Service Level metrics, and can easily validate the performance of its IT providers. We plan on taking full advantage of this capability and sharing it with our customers so they too can gain this visibility into their ENTIRE IT environment.

Secondly, ScienceLogic has architected a comprehensive PLATFORM. Contrast this with many other attempts at full monitoring suites and you’ll see many attempts to stitch disparate monitoring TOOLS together. Having personally used and deployed many of the “other attempts” at comprehensive solutions, I’m very confident that ScienceLogic’s approach will lead to easier platform management. More importantly I’m confident it will result in more frequent and less painful functionality upgrades.

Finally, ScienceLogic has a wealth of pre-built device templates available for our use “out of the box”. As a Service Provider we have an enormous variety of equipment that we are responsible for. As we entered into the vendor selection phases of our project we were expecting to find all vendors would be strong in some areas but weak in others. In other words we were expecting to do some development ourselves to handle the variety of equipment we manage. We were pleasantly surprised as we investigated and found that ScienceLogic was able to handle ALL of our gear out of the box. And not just a ping test, but full device discovery and event correlation capabilities. Pretty amazing!

We look forward to helping our customers manage the “future of IT” and we’re excited to have ScienceLogic as one of our “trusted partners” in this goal!


LightEdge Solutions’ Senior Network Design Engineer and Senior Cloud Engineer are honored as Cisco Champions for 2015 by Cisco

December 23rd, 2014

LightEdge is pleased to announce that one of our Senior Network Design Engineers, Steven Robinson, and one of our Senior Cloud Engineers, Jon Hildebrand, have been named Cisco Champions for 2015 by Cisco. This honor recognizes that they have passion and a desire to share their perspectives with the Cisco community.

Cisco Champions represent a variety of segments across the IT industry all over the world. The program encompasses five main interest areas including Data Center, Collaboration, Enterprise Networks, Internet of Things, and Security. Steven and Jon were selected for this recognition not only because they share their insights and expertise with their peers in social communities, forums and networks but because they also provide valuable feedback directly to Cisco. This is Steven’s second year in the program and Jon’s first year as a Cisco Champion.

LightEdge congratulates Steven and Jon on their achievements and contributions to the Cisco community. Their expertise and leadership is appreciated by the entire company, as well as customers who benefit from their depth of knowledge.

To learn more about the Cisco Champion program, please visit:

Recent Recognitions

November 11th, 2014

We would like to congratulate Philip Anschutz, founder of the Anschutz Corporation and owner of LightEdge since 2007, on receiving the 2014 International Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the Henry W. Bloch School of Management at UMKC for his innovation and involvement within countless organizations around the globe. We couldn’t be more proud to be tied to such an amazing entrepreneur with an outstanding reputation for making a difference and continuously raising the bar on excellence.


It is with this same spirit, LightEdge makes it a priority to give back to the communities we are a part of. This year, we have had the honor of being named a 2014 Economic Impact Award winner by the Greater Des Moines Partnership and the Business Record for our contributions to the economic vitality and quality of life in the Greater Des Moines area. In April, CEO, Jim Masterson, announced plans to bring over 40 new jobs to our headquarter city within the next year alone, adding to the 33% employee growth rate 2014 has brought to our company as a whole. It’s an exciting time of expansion and evolution for LightEdge, and we are so happy to be able to make a difference in the wonderful Midwestern communities we call home.