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Cisco Security Leadership Transition

I would like to announce that David Goeckeler is assuming leadership responsibilities for Cisco’s Security Business Group (SBG) effective immediately.  David has served as vice president of Product and Platform Engineering for the SBG for the last two years. His expertise will continue to help drive Cisco’s security momentum and ensure we are our customers’ number one security partner.

David has been with Cisco for 14 years. Most recently, he and his team have been instrumental in developing Cisco’s end-to-end security architecture, integrating market-leading products from recent acquisitions including Sourcefire into Cisco security solutions. These efforts are enabling Cisco to address customers’ needs in a way that no other vendor can match today.

David played a key role in last week’s launch of the Cisco ASA with FirePOWER Services next-generation firewall (NGFW). His efforts also directly contributed to a report issued today by NSS Labs that shows Cisco as a leader in security effectiveness in its 2014 NGFW Security Value Map (SVM).

David maintains a deep bench of security expertise including Marty Roesch, Bret Hartman, Mike Fuhrman, Scott Harrell and Marc Solomon. David has received a M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana -- Champaign, and MBAs from Columbia University and the University of California -- Berkeley.

I would also like to share with you that Christopher Young has decided to leave Cisco. We would like to thank Chris for his leadership and guiding Cisco through significant transitions. Under David’s new leadership, we look forward to continuing to provide best in class security solutions to our customers.

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Taking Desktop Virtualization Beyond the Data Center – with the Next Wave of Unified Computing

Screen Shot 2014-09-23 at 3.46.26 PM If you look back at the Cisco UCS launch on September 4th, and VMworld SF just prior, the last 4 weeks have been a tsunami of solution innovation milestones in unified computing, ie: where the next wave of Unified Computing is taking us.  If you haven’t already seen the launch event “Powering Applications at Every Scale – the Next Wave of Unified Computing Innovation”, please check it out!

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A much anticipated part of this launch was the introduction of UCS Mini.  This is all about expanding our presence / penetration of where we can offer the unified computing value proposition.  With the economic disruption UCS has brought to the data center, it’s now time to extend that value beyond the traditional limits of the data center – check out this presentation to get an idea of the TCO impact alone, when considered next to HP DL360p Gen8 ’s.

With this economic advantage, comes the opportunity to address a growing array of desktop virtualization use cases that depend on footprint-friendly form factor without sacrificing performance or simplified, stateless, centralized manageability.  Think of use cases that include:

  • the enterprise-edge where you likely don’t have IT resources in place
  • retail/point-of-sale environments, or
  • small/medium-sized businesses that need fewer servers

In these scenarios, traditional centralized VDI implementation is hampered by WAN latency, security and business continuity concerns.  Being able to deploy a local solution that integrates compute, software and storage, that’s still centrally managed, could be just the solution for your branch office.  Look for new solutions from Cisco and our ecosystem partners that address these scenarios with compelling new offers, which brings us to VMworld Barcelona.

VMworld Barcelona and Integrated Infrastructure solutions for Desktop and App Virtualization

In just a few weeks, we’ll be at VMworld Barcelona, and I’m pleased to once again have the opportunity to kick off the week with a breakout session co-delivered with VMware’s Bhumik Patel, covering “Best in Class Desktop Virtualization with Horizon 6 and Cisco UCS”.  If you didn’t join us in the room in San Francisco, and you’ll be in Barcelona, please attend this second offering of TEX2516

Screen Shot 2014-09-23 at 3.55.00 PMI love opening these things up with a simple poll of i) how many folks in the room have implemented UCS, and ii) how many have done so in support of VDI or app virtualization.  In San Francisco, from the show of hands, it was obvious that over 90% of the room (of 200+ session attendees) had deployed VMware Horizon on UCS.  It was also telling that many attendees expressed interest in solutions for graphics/NVIDIA, flash storage, and our new VDI Pilot Accelerator configurations that are optimal for getting one’s feet wet in desktop as well as app virtualization.Screen Shot 2014-09-23 at 3.59.02 PM

Another hot topic was Integrated Infrastructure solutions for VDI.  If you’re already familiar with FlexPod or Vblock, you already know how rapidly this IT consumption model is growing (to the tune of $3B in FlexPod alone) and how Cisco and its ecosystem partners are enabling organizations of all sizes to

  • dramatically reduce the time to deploy new services,
  • using modularized infrastructure approaches that integrated compute, network and storage,
  • supported with unified, single pane of glass management
  • backed by validated performance testing / documented results

The Nimble Storage SmartStack is another great example in this space, offering pre-validated solutions for organizations of all sizes, wanting to take the guesswork out of getting into desktop or server virtualization.  Imagine the possibilities with a SmartStack built on UCS-Mini…  Speaking of which, check out this article about VCPro, a service provider in the Asia Pacific region, offering DaaS on SmartStack built on UCS Mini.

Look for more news in the coming weeks regarding these and other new solutions that expand the use cases for desktop and app virtualization -- see you at VMworld Barcelona!

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#IoTChat Wed 11am PT with @ZebraTechnology

IoTChat Sep 24This week, our #IoTChat co-host is Zebra Technologies (@ZebraTechnology)!  We’ll be talking about device management and IoT Platforms.  Zebra Technologies is one of the sponsors for the Internet of Things World Forum in October (#IoTWF!) so I’m excited to have them join.

Here are three simple steps to join the #IoTChat [Wednesdays, 11am PT] -- our weekly industry discussion on the Internet of Things: Read More »

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Service Provider Transformation through Innovation

No doubt, these are exciting times for service providers.  With the massive transformations that are happening nowadays in the industry and marketplace, being at the center of it all presents a huge opportunity. Well, this is exactly where service providers find themselves today: at the center of how enterprise businesses and consumers can transform through innovation.

At Cisco we are well-positioned to drive profitable growth for our service provider partners.  We have made a number of significant changes intended to help service providers globally earn more, reduce cost to serve while improving their agility.

We created an SP Segment and I have been asked to lead the overall business and strategy for Development, Nick Adamo will lead Sales, and Cedrik Neike will lead Services. Together we are partnering to simplify our engagement model and at the same time leverage the entire Cisco portfolio of solutions and products to bring to our customers the capabilities they need to achieve their business objectives.

We believe service providers are centered on transformation through innovation.  We believe that, with Cisco, they can: Read More »

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Continuing Our Legacy: Cisco Leads in Security Effectiveness

Last week we announced the availability of Cisco ASA with FirePOWER Services, which represents the industry’s first threat-focused next-generation firewall (NGFW). This offering addresses threats across the full attack continuum anytime and anywhere a threat may manifest.

Today NSS Labs released the final reports from its 2014 comparative NGFW testing, focusing on security effectiveness, total cost of ownership (TCO), performance and management. Classic FirePOWER appliances, such as the FirePOWER 8350 and the new Cisco ASA with FirePOWER Services, were included and scored equally well in testing, specifically in security efficacy.

If you have been following the Cisco security strategy then our results will not be a huge surprise to you. And, if you haven’t been following, then these results are going to be of great interest. In less than one year after the acquisition closed we have integrated leading next-generation IPS (NGIPS) and Advanced Malware Protection (AMP) into the Cisco ASA product line, and achieved this integration without compromising performance and continuing to innovate and focus on what matters: stopping threats. The below NSS Labs Security Value Map (SVM) visually depicts the results of this testing and includes Cisco ASA with FirePOWER Services and the classic FirePOWER 8350 appliance. All achieve top marks for security – the same position that FirePOWER appliances have always enjoyed.

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Since the inception of Sourcefire, the focus has always been on providing the most effective security in the market. Cisco continues this focus on improving coverage, decreasing customer exposure, providing unmatched visibility, and empowering customers to protect your networks and customize that protection to match your infrastructure, applications, and risks. We go further in creating the best management capabilities available and deliver the combination through our purpose-built solutions designed for enterprise networks. We believe the combined platforms provide the best overall flexibility, coverage, value, and reliability there is.

We are proud to have our products lead the SVM for security effectiveness and we’ll continue to commit to maintaining our leadership by providing our customers the best protection possible in as many ways as possible. If you have not seen them already you can download copies of the reports for the Cisco ASA with FirePOWER Services and the FirePOWER 8350.

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