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Intel and Cisco Partnership : Hello Cisco UCS™ M3 series!

March 14, 2012 at 4:00 am PST

I invited today  Eoin McConnell, who is the Intel Xeon Processor E5 Family Product Line Manager within Intel’s DataCenter and Connected Systems Group, to comment on Cisco Third Generation of Fabric Computing‘s launch.

“Three years ago Cisco timed its entry into the compute side of the data center with the launch of the Intel® Xeon® 5500 series when it introduced Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) to the world.  Few outside the walls of Cisco would have suspected that in such a short time Cisco would have grown significantly in this space. It now has nearly 11,000 UCS customers and has risen to No. 3 in MSS in the blade market, according to IDC.

Cisco has partnered with Intel in delivering innovation in the data center around UCS from the beginning.  On March 8, 2012, Cisco launched the UCS “M3” server line.  The company coordinated this introduction to follow immediately on the heels of Intel’s introduction of the Intel® Xeon® processor E5 family. The three stellar offerings that are available immediately are the Cisco UCS B200 M3 Blade Server, the Cisco UCS C220 M3 Rack Server, and the Cisco UCS C240 M3 Rack Server.

Intel Dylan Larson and Cisco Scott Ciccone had recently  a quick conversation about the features and the benefits of this new offering

This third generation sets the mark, and definitely has Cisco delivering new innovation for the cloud.  Cisco has always looked to Intel to deliver world-class foundational building blocks that allow the company to innovate. The M3 series will in fact be the first UCS series to implement Intel l® Trusted Execution Technology, which many believe is fundamental to securing cloud architecture.

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Collaboration is Hot … A Report from the Road

Last week, I had the opportunity to travel across country to meet with Cisco customers and co-keynote with our business partner, Xerox, at its annual conference.  I found that our four pillars of collaboration – social, mobile, virtual and visual (video) – are continuing to resonate with customers. 

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Routing Enterprise Teleworkers & Managed Service Providers to Successful Business Outcomes

In any water cooler conversation or a fireside chat in Silicon Valley, it is impossible to avoid a conversation about technology. Unlike Real Estate, which used to share air time with Tech before the recession, Tech has weathered the storm. We love to talk Tech here in Silicon Valley and thanks to the very high standards of innovation in the neighborhood, there’s always something different to talk about.

Here’s what some of the most common discussions this week might look like…

iJill: “Did you check out the latest iPad?? Its Retina Display, packs more pixels than my HDTV”.

gJack: “Oh yeah?.. my Android tablet has far superior specs to yours, plus it gives me the freedom to root my OS and do what I want with it!”..

iJill: “But, there’s no comparison to the number of Apps I can install and your tablet apps are a joke!”

gJack:” You only get 16GB in your iPad whereas I can get 32GB or more for a lower price”

iJill: ” Yes, but your battery hardly lasts until you complete your blog post, while I am still engaging with my blog readers responding to comments via Disqus while listening to music” …..

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Top Cisco Partner Headlines: Cloudy with No Chance of Rain, Sustainable Partner Programs, and Marketing Tips Galore

March 13, 2012 at 11:15 am PST

“Take risks—no one is going to die!”

This was just one piece of business wisdom we heard from Jeffrey Hayzlett, former Chief Marketing Officer at Kodak and author of the book Running the Gauntlet.

Jeffrey spoke at Partner Velocity, Cisco’s biggest partner marketing event of the year. We’ll share more words of wisdom, interviews, and tips we recently brought home from the event in this episode of Partner Update.

We’ll also cover a number of cloud-related stories, including cloud marketing resources, Light Reading’s Cloud Mega Test results, the Cloud Partner program, and how to ease cloud deployment of the Microsoft Private Cloud solutions. We’ve also got a host of new partner resources and templates, plus our Tweet of the Week.

Have five minutes to spare? Tune in now and get all your Cisco partner news.

Need more info? Keep reading for links, descriptions, and details on each item covered in our newscast.

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The Cisco – SP Partnership: Best Practices for Lifting Service Quality

By Carlos Cordero, Director, Service Provider Internet Business Solutions Group

Service providers (SPs) often face a number of service quality challenges. These challenges, more often than not, result from hardware failures, software bugs, network outages, packet loss, and capacity issues. The majority of these challenges may not be new, and may have already been resolved by SPs’ technology partners, or by other operators. Indeed, SPs could capture significant operational benefits simply by adopting well-established best practices.

However, adopting these best practices requires a proactive and open relationship between SPs and their technology partners. Without open cooperation, adopting these best practices and continuous improvement will always prove to be a challenge.

To explore the relationship between an SP’s culture and the adoption of best practices, I will be writing a series of articles on the SP360 blog covering operational and engineering best practices, challenges, and benchmarks observed in the course of working with major service providers worldwide.  The specific topics I will cover include: operational practices such as testing, certification, engineering rules, go-live, and incident management; as well as organizational capabilities (planning, program management, culture, management practices, IP skillsets, and staffing levels).

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