As our second annual Cisco Live in Melbourne kicks off today, we’d like to extend a warm welcome to the over 2,500 customers as well as partners, press and analysts, and special guests making their way to our three day marquee event, taking place in and around the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre. We also welcome our virtual participants from Australia and New Zealand and around the globe.
This year we are operating three tailored streams to ensure attendees know where to locate the most relevant information and activities. A Networkers program, an IT Management Program and a Service Provider Program will together form an extensive agenda that taps deep dive technical information and high level thought leadership from CIOs and other experts from Australia, New Zealand and overseas.
One of the plum assignments of my journalism career was co-authoring a report for CIO about IT in Australia. Ten days in Sydney, Canberra, and Melbourne (with a weekend jaunt to Tasmania) brought out one key aspect of the Australian attitude toward technology: being isolated from most of the world, they have to be twice as creative.
At that time, in the late 90s, Australia had already deregulated its telecommunications industry (just a year after the U.S.) and developed a state-of-the-art $3 billion national fiber-optic network.
Whether you work for a government agency, a hospital, or a school (or you attend school as a student) the verdict is in--you needn’t spend all day in your office, classroom, or examination room to productively do your job or complete your assignments.
A key component of Cisco’s Unified Data Center and our virtual networking portfolio is the Nexus 1010 virtual services appliance. We were excited last month when we announced a more scalable version, the Nexus 1010-X. As I pointed out before, the idea of a virtual services appliance is to provide a dedicated hardware platform for running a wide range of network services, monitoring and security virtual machines rather than having them share server resources with key business applications. From an administrative point of view, these network services VM’s can be managed by the networking team, rather than the teams running VM’s on the application servers, which is the right division of labor. The Nexus 1010 platform runs NX-OS and basically looks like a network device rather than a VM host, helping the network admins manage the service policies.
Now we are releasing a case study of an Italian service provider, FASTWEB, who is using the Nexus 1010 to simplify the management of their virtual network, and network service policies. As part of a sustained and forward looking strategy, the Italian service provider has built a next-generation network for delivering converged voice, video, data and mobile services. This investment has enabled FASTWEB to accelerate the creation of new, differentiated offers for business and residential customers, while reducing operational complexity and overhead.
The Nexus 1010 supports network analysis down to the VM layer, giving FASTWEB’s network administrators granular visibility to virtual workloads, without having to trouble the storage and virtualization operations teams.
With the proliferation of iPads and other consumer devices, the Cius is quickly becoming a hot commodity for customers. With the device’s support for a diverse set of third-party endpoints and Unified Computing System (UCS) integration, unique applications, and video, the Cius is truly a business-focused tablet that fits right into the network.
And the key to selling the Cius? According to Tech2000 CEO George Churchwell it’s all about “appifying” the environment.
Appify? Huh? What does this Learning Solutions Partner know that we don’t?
Well, let’s start with a definition. You won’t find this in the dictionary:
verb: To apply mobile solutions that allow the Cius developer’s kit to be implemented, thereby letting the Cius apps and functionality lead the sale. With apps, UCS solutions and WebEx solutions can be integrated right into the Cius platform and help solve customer problems.
This strategy has been wildly successful for Tech2000, which has helped a number of Cisco partners sell UCS solutions by creating apps. Unlike an iPad, the Cius offers the ability to integrate wireless and WebEx solutions right into apps and into the platform while solving a customer problem.
Watch this video as George offers advice and examples of successful Cius apps and tips to help partners get training on the go.
What else did George have to say? Keep reading for his advice, tips, and experiences with apps and the Cius. Read More »