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Cisco Live Cancun – Hi-Tech visits Vacation Paradise

Cancun in November is not your ideal spring break destination, but it feels that way as many of us are heading there next week as part of a big contingent to host Cisco Live Cancun 2014. Beyond fun and tourism, lots of excitement awaits Cisco customers on the technology front at Cancun next week.

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Cisco Live Cancun 2014 offers two amazing keynotes, 100s of sessions, and the opportunity to network with many of Cisco’s premier partners among major attractions.

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Rob Lloyd, Cisco President, kick-starts the event with a welcome address keynote Tuesday, Nov 4.  Do not miss the keynote as you will get an insider’s perspective on how Cisco and partner companies will make the Internet of Everything (IOE) a reality, and how today’s emerging technologies will rewrite the rules for the way we connect and collaborate in the future. This year we also feature a Guest keynote on Wednesday, Nov 5, by Jon Steinberg, the CEO of MailOnline America as well as series of solution keynotes on different topics during the course of the event.

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My focus for the rest of this blog will be on Application centric Infrastructure (ACI) and related key activities. I am sure most of you think of ACI as the most happening technology in today’s Data Centers, and therefore, are eagerly waiting for deep-dive ACI breakout sessions. I’d recommend Cisco Distinguished TME Maurizio’s breakout session on “Integration of Hypervisors and L4-7 Services into an ACI Fabric / Operations” as a must-attend. This session provides a technical introduction to how the ACI fabric handles single and multi-hypervisor environments and how the ACI controller provides integration into different Virtual Machine Management domains.

We are also featuring a multi-hour technical seminar on topic “ACI – Policy Driven Datacenter” complemented by a 2-hour breakout “End-to-End ACI by another Cisco Distinguished SE Carlos Pereira.

If you are challenged for time, we also have short duration ACI presentations at the Cisco Theater in the World of Solutions (WOS). The WOS opens on Tuesday, Nov 4 at 8 PM with a welcome reception. You can enjoy your time at the Cisco Theater where we feature non-stop 15 minute presentations on multiple topics including three repeating sessions on ACI. Specifically, there is a session on each of the following topics: Open ACI Eco-System, ACI for Campus and WAN, and ACI and SDN.  This will give you an end-end perspective on ACI architecture and strategy.

As we have seen in other Cisco Live events, demos are a major draw at the WOS. This year’s event will include multiple demos including several ACI solutions with OpenStack, F5 and Citrix eco-system integration, Multi-hypervisor integration featuring VMware and Microsoft, and a number of other SDN solutions for Campus and WAN deployments.

Stop by our Cisco booth at the WOS to engage our subject matter experts for a deep-dive engagement. We can also do architectural white-boarding and walkthroughs to address your specific needs.

If you wondered about entertainment, well I read your mind. To celebrate with you, we are bringing an incredible band Starship at the customer appreciation event, on Thursday, Nov 6. It will be a night to remember.

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We also offer in addition, Walk-in labs, a Cloud day featuring new trends in Cisco Intercloud (Monday, Nov 3), Industry summit on Internet of Everything trends (Tuesday, Nov 4), and a networking opportunity to meet the experts at the Expert Area in the Expo Center.

While at the event, follows us via social media on Twitter, Facebook and other outlets. It can be overwhelming to even a regular Cisco Live attendee as the list of activities is vast.  If you are new, do not feel overwhelmed and I have been there myself. Our Information desk and reception ambassadors can make you feel at home and help you find the agenda activity of your interest throughout the event duration.

Well, I do not want to share all the fun and excitement and take away the spirit of adventure and discovery from you.  Hope to see you at the event and safe travels.

Related Links:

www.ciscolivecancun.com

www.cisco.com/go/aci

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The Power of Technology to Transform Care

This month, Focus, Cisco’s monthly online publication, takes a look at the latest Connected Health trends and technology news.  Data-driven decisions, better specialized care and improved patient experiences are transforming healthcare, and I encourage you to read about it in this month’s issue of Focus.

Highlights include:

  • The Internet of Everything in HealthcareFocus
  • The Big Data Opportunity in Medicine
  • New Human-Machine Interfaces
  • The Startups are Coming
  • Telemedicine Transforms Care in Brazil
  • The Devices Making Healthcare Smarter

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Cisco and NetApp – Partnering for the Hybrid Cloud

Hybrid cloud is finally here.  Since cloud came on the scene a few years back, companies have had the choice of building a private cloud, which they managed on premises, or buying services from a public cloud provider.  Typically, companies had to pick one or the other for a given application.  With the Intercloud, IT departments can take advantage of the world of many clouds with all the associated benefits:  application mobility between the clouds, mapping the application to the best delivery model, and taking advantage of the cost benefits of cloud overall.

Cisco and NetApp began working together three years ago to deliver FlexPod, a portfolio of integrated infrastructure solutions optimized for private cloud deployments.  With the new capabilities NetApp is delivering today, customers can realize significant benefits in how NetApp storage, particularly as part of a FlexPod, can extend into the hybrid cloud.  These capabilities include the extension of data management into a cloud environment and the ability to move data between cloud models and providers.

Cisco’s UCS Integrated Infrastructures when paired with NetApp’s technology in the FlexPod portfolio delivers an important on-ramp to the Intercloud.  Through our partnerships with cloud providers and our delivery of industry-leading solutions, IT departments will get even more flexibility in how they choose to map the application to the best cloud model.

NetApp’s new hybrid cloud solutions complement Cisco’s cloud strategy, provide businesses with the flexibility to manage changing environments, and give customers a smooth on-ramp to the Intercloud.

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A Whole New Face to Cloud

Cisco is committed to leading the industry in bringing innovation and value to its customers through the cloud.  Through Cisco Powered, Cisco has driven high standards for cloud services, making enterprise-class performance and reliability the baseline across the industry.  With the recent announcement of over 30 Intercloud partners, Cisco is putting a whole new face on what cloud means.

The Intercloud is a movement that brings together the world of many clouds.  It does so in a way that meets the evolving needs of today’s organizations.  Rather than being restricted to a single, potentially proprietary cloud, Cisco envisions the Intercloud as a global resource for businesses to connect their operations locally and globally.

With the Intercloud, Cisco and its partners offer high-value benefits beyond those available with commodity-class services:

Workload mobility: Organizations will be able to seamlessly move workloads between clouds.  This creates a truly hybrid cloud environment, where an organization can move workloads from its private cloud to a public cloud.  With a Cisco Intercloud Provider, workloads can be moved between different public cloud providers as well.

Data sovereignty: Global organizations need to meet global requirements.  The flexibility of the Intercloud enables these organizations to locate workloads in region-specific data centers.  This enables companies to meet the security and compliance requirements of local governments without compromising performance, reliability, or flexibility.

Partner ecosystem: Cisco’s cloud strategy is to provide the infrastructure, solutions, and services that deliver the value of cloud to organizations.  By working with partners at all levels – providers, builders, aggregators, technology partners, resellers, and independent software vendors (ISV) – the Cisco ecosystem offers unified solutions across a wide range of technologies and applications.

Cisco and its partners are working together to enable a new generation of standardized cloud applications and the proliferation of highly secure hybrid clouds.   In this first phase, the 30+ Intercloud partners offer a combined global reach of 250 new data centers in 50 countries.  To drive the success of its Intercloud initiative, Cisco has also introduced hybrid cloud bundles and Cisco Intercloud Fabric.  And, to leave no doubt to its level of engagement, Cisco has committed $1 billion in cloud financing.

Read about the 30+ partners joining Cisco to build out the Intercloud.

You can also learn more about how Cisco Powered and the Intercloud can transform your business.

Play Ball! Giants vs. Royals Game 7: Last Game of First Live-Streamed World Series

Cisco technology helps enable first live streams of World Series action

With the World Series wrapping up with game seven tonight and a new champion to be crowned, it’s a great time to reflect on the game and its impact on fans.

Baseball is much more than a game in America.  For well over 150 years, the sport has been woven into the fabric of our cities, neighborhoods, families and culture. For millions like me, the World Series has produced memories that last a lifetime. Every October, I reflect on the heartbreak I suffered in 1985 when my beloved St. Louis Cardinals blew a 3 games to 1 lead to the Kansas City Royals.

And all along, Major League Baseball has used technology to make the fall classic available to as many fans as possible.

The 1921 World Series between the New York Giants and Yankees was the first World Series to be broadcast on radio. The 1947 World Series was the first to be televised, and the 1955 World Series was the first televised in color.

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Now, another first in 2014, as large numbers of fans have been watching the first live streams of World Series action, representing a milestone in Major League Baseball broadcast delivery and allowing fans to watch on the go with an MLB.TV subscription. Each Giants-Royals game televised by FOX in the 110th Fall Classic is also available live online and via mobile to existing MLB.TV subscribers at no additional cost.

For the first time in the history of baseball, Read More »

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