We’re here at the Internet of Things World Forum with over 800 delegates in a very wet Barcelona. This morning, Chris Yapp eloquently introduced the uses and potential uses for IoT in education and Jane Alexander blew us away with the innovations at the Cleveland Museum of Art in Gallery One in the first of three education-focused workshops. I was left with a wealth of ideas about how IoT can really engage learners in innovative, authentic and relevant ways.
Paul Perez has laid out Cisco’s vision for this technology and the crucial role that solid-state memory plays in the next evolution of UCS. If you haven’t already seen his post, it’s well worth a read to understand where we’re heading with this. As he points out in an earlier treatise on UCS, adaptability is the wellspring of sustained advantage. The integration of WHIPTAIL’s innovative application acceleration technology into the computing fabric of UCS is a perfect example of this principle at work; all made possible by an architecture founded on the concept of a unified control plane with an open API.
So what are we adapting to by adding this technology to UCS?
- Customers need applications to run faster
- They need IT infrastructure to be reliable, efficient, and above all, easy to operate
The first one is (almost) the easy part: it’s common knowledge that solid-state memory moves faster than a scalded ape*. Rolling that kind of energy into the environment in a way that avoids complexity and preserves operational efficiency is what elevates value to customers.
I’ve had the pleasure of starting work with Max Riggsbee, and he related to me that a large part of WHIPTAIL’s success is rooted in manageability. I’m paraphrasing here, but the essence of his comment was “customers don’t want a variety of technologies in the data center, they want a variety of capabilities.” In their architecture, you can see how WHIPTAIL understands that customers want to be able to manage application acceleration technology, on the fly, to create the right blend of speed, capacity and cost efficiency to meet the needs of the business in real time. The ability to marshal infrastructure and data, in a way that empowers real time decision-making creates competitive advantage.
If that concept, one of centrally managing high performance resources as fungible pools that can be allocated in an application-centric way, sounds familiar, you now understand what a great addition WHIPTAIL technology makes to Unified Computing. By deeply integrating an application acceleration tier into a unified system we can achieve both of the requirements above and set our customers up do things we haven’t even imagined yet. It’s like getting the trick and the treat this Thursday.
Dan Crain expands on this in a video interview today, marking the close of the acquisition and what is yet to come. The Data Center team here at Cisco is really excited about what this is going to mean for our customers and how it contributes to our pace of innovation. Welcome WHIPTAIL!!
*no apes were harmed in the writing of this blog
I have the privilege of attending the Internet of Things (IoT) World Forum in Barcelona. The event brought in global executives across multiple industries, all with the common goal of using the network to connect ‘things’ and increase operational efficiencies. Here are some of the highlights:
Smart City Tour
One of the most popular break out sessions at the IoT World Forum has been the Smart+Connected City Tour throughout the old city of Barcelona. Having blogged about the Connected Boulevard project in Nice, France earlier this year, it’s very exciting to see another city make a great leap forward in marrying the city with technology.
The tour took groups of delegates from the conference venue to the old Gothic part of the city with various demonstrations along the way. Within this tour many different aspects of a connected city were demonstrated, showing the potential for the CMX solution to both the citizens and city workers alike. Read More »
If you missed SCTE Cable-Tec Expo at Atlanta last week., check out the following three videos on what Cisco took away from the show.
Cisco’s Joe Cozzolino, SVP &GM, Cisco SP Video Infrastructure, shares his thoughts on joining Cisco, and what the ‘hot topic’ demo areas are at the Cisco booth this year.
A Short Trip Down Memory Lane…
On the quest of becoming a truly social-minded culture, about a year and a half ago, we rolled up our sleeves and created a multi-level, multi-track social media training program that used game principles and integrated with our Education Management System to encourage and reward participation. We augmented our on-demand courses with a vibrant community filled with self-service resources, online discussions (we call them “social chats”), team challenges, and recognitions and testimonials.
What I’m most proud of is that we did this in house and on a shoestring budget (imagine toddler-sized shoes and shoestrings). The original team was very small, namely the wonderful Elizabeth Houston (please give it up for @elhoust) and yours truly (@petra1400). Having seen great success with our internal program and inspired by the possibilities of growing and even bringing it to our customers, partners and general public, we have added some resources and upgraded to kid-sized shoestrings. Soon, the external-facing training program pilot, a scaled down version of our internal program was born. (For the record, the current team is still really small and also includes @kmgibbs and some of @nrrivas07 and our fun intern, @efannie’s time).
We knew it was just a matter of time before we wanted to expand the customer-facing program and mirror it after our internal program as much as possible.
Driving in the Fast (and Furious) Lane
Over the past few months, we have been working furiously on making this dream become a reality. While we have a little longer to go before you can test drive our new social media training center, we want to share some screen shots of this new environment. Read More »