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VDI at VMworld Barcelona, Co-opetition, Taio Cruz, and Tumblers

I just got back from another blockbuster of an event that was VMworld Barcelona.  If you’re VMworld Alumni, you know the drill – long days turn into nights, meetings, convention hall food, and before you know it, you’re at the customer reception and Taio Cruz is there.  I also scored a really nice plastic tumbler (the drinking kind, not the Batman kind) when leaving the conference – which my family is probably going to steal from me in the near…

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Are Vendor Neutral Trade Shows Dead?

…eally two main areas; Specialty Focused like Defcon, Management World, etc.. and Vendor Hosted, RSA, Cisco LIVE, VMWorld, etc…  The best part of this split is not the exhibit floor but the career training available to us network type folks  at Specialty  Focused shows and Vendor Hosted is outstanding and far better then other vendor neutral shows.  The exhibit floors at Cisco LIVE or VMWorld, etc…have booths that are friends of the host. Ki…

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The Promise of an Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI)

At Cisco live! Orlando in June, Cisco unveiled its vision for an Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI), a next-generation, secure data center fabric design. At the time, we were only able to unveil key conceptual aspects of ACI, but as we lead up to more detailed product announcements later this fall, we want to bring a little more clarity to the ACI vision, what it will mean for customers, and set the context for those announcements. [Join o…

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Cisco UCS Rocks at Oracle Open World

You must be thinking I am joking, when I say that there is an affinity between me and San Francisco Moscone center. Yes, August end, I was there for VMworld 2013 and September end I was back there again for Oracle Open world (OOW 2013). But there is more to my experiences at OOW this year, than this coincidence of venue. There are two key takeaways for me from OOW. First, the news of the world record established by Cisco UCS on Oracle E-Business…

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#EngineersUnplugged S3|Ep13: Software Defined Storage Continued!

Welcome back to the final episode of Engineers Unplugged, Season 3! It’s been quite a ride. This week, we take another viewpoint on the hot topic of software defined storage with Mike Slisinger (@slisinger) and Vaughn Stewart (@vstewed). Starting from the application owner’s perspective, this is a great 101 on the choices made on the road to the data center of the future. Let’s listen in: Better stick to storage, not unico…

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