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Gartner Symposium, Fall 2009

Last week, I narrowly escaped the inevitable, yet all too early New England snowstorms for a welcome respite in sunny Orlando.  Instead of being blanketed with large white flakes of snow, I was ensconced by valuable dialogue and engaged with intriguing presentations by leading industry analysts at the Gartner Symposium

The presentations given by the Gartner analysts reflected some of their recently published research reports.  Throughout the conference Gartner advised that IT organizations focus on Pattern-Based Strategy, Context Aware Computing, and Operational Technologies to maintain system integrity:

1)    Pattern Based Strategy: understanding “how activities, events, objects, and information may form new patterns that represent an opportunity for innovation or a threat of disruption to business operations or strategy.  Introducing Pattern-Based Strategy, Yvonne Genovese et al, 7 August 2009

2)     Context Aware Computing:  Context-Aware Computing: Context Drives Next-Generation User Interfaces, Jackie Fenn et al, 25 September 2009

3)    Operational Technologies: Gartner defines operational technologies as “devices, sensors, and software used to control or monitor physical assets and processes in real time to maintain system integrity.”  Findings: Operational Technologies Increasingly Need to Be Integrated With IT, John P. Roberts et al, 20 October 2009

Did you attend Symposium?  How are you using these concepts to build trust in your organization?

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Collaboration and Enterprise 2.0

My colleague Jackie Roy summarized the recent Irwin Lazar, analyst at Nemertes, blog post correctly with:

“…growing reality that a complete collaboration strategy must integrate all potential ways that individuals and groups work together”

It is particularly interesting to see that Enterprises are looking to bring these disparate teams together but must looking at security, compliance and governance issues, and they are orchestrating a strategy that merges the old way of communicating with new tools such as microblogging and facebook-style applications for the enterprise.

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IBM Begins Hawking the Cisco Nexus 4000 Blade Switch

A week or so back, Cisco announced the availability of the Nexus 4000--an FCoE switchdesigned to fit in other vendor racks.  The Nexus 4000 heralded great benefits, not the least of which included the promise of extending the unified fabric to a host of new platforms.  There was only one problem with the otherwise stellar announcement: We neglected to tell you who would be selling the product.

Well, as reported in El Reg today, the first of those partners, IBM, has begun selling the Nexus 4000 (expect more vendors to follow suit).  And, as Kash points out on his excellent blog you can find the Nexus 4000 blade switch IBM description at:

and included in the IBM websites below:

and on the Cisco website:

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News Flash: Video Traffic is On the Rise ;-)

This just in….Video Traffic is growing…I know, I know,  it’s hardly ground-breaking news, but when you look at some of the data released as part of our ongoing Visual Networking Index (VNI) Forecast program released today, some of the facts are pretty eye-opening.


What made this installment of the VNI all the more impactful is that a majority of the data was the result of a cooperative program between Cisco and a group of more than 20 service providers worldwide who share their anonymous, aggregated network usage to identify trends, etc. 


Consider, the following:


  • About 10% of the world’s broadband subscribers generate more than 60% of all Internet traffic – ok, I’ll take some of the credit for this…have I shared with you the videos of my kids playing hockey…? Wink


  • Globally, the average broadband connection consumes about 4.3 gigabytes visual networking applications (advanced services such as video, social networking and collaboration) traffic per month.


    •  This amount is roughly the equivalent of approximately 20.5 short- form Internet videos or approximately 1.1 hours of Internet video, whether streamed on its own, embedded in a Web page, or viewed as part of video communications.


There’s a lot more good data in the study, for more information, there are some additional links below.  Enjoy





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UCS C-Series: Unified Computing Now Delicious by the Rack Mount Too!

This year at Oracle Open World Cisco unveiled the latest server in the UCS family, the Cisco UCS C-Series Rack-Mount Server. The C-Series, as we affectionately refer to it, extends Cisco only technologies like the unified network fabric, network-aware VN-Link virtualization support and Cisco Extended Memory Technology to the rack mount server world.

There are those that geek out on speeds and feeds and for those I offer the following:


C250 The Cisco UCS C250 M1 server is a two-socket 2 rack unit (RU) rack-mount server with patented Cisco Extended Memory Technology designed to increase performance and capacity for demanding virtualization and large-data-set workloads
C210 The Cisco UCS C210 M1 server is a general-purpose, two-socket, 2RU rack-mount server. Housing up to 16 internal disk drives for up to 8 TB of storage, the UCS C210 M1 is designed to balance performance, density, and efficiency for workloads requiring economical, high-capacity, reliable, internal storage
C200 The Cisco UCS C200 M1 server is a two-socket, 1RU rack-mount server designed to balance simplicity, performance, and density for production-level virtualization, web infrastructure, and other mainstream data center workloads

And for even more product specs cruise over to the UCS C-Series product page, where Lisa will even deliver a quite detailed “video data sheet.”

For my part, I like to focus on the implications over the specifications, and the conclusions there are inexorable. Cisco is bringing its vision of unified fabric across compute, storage and networking to every corner of the datacenter. Following on to the super successful launch of the UCS B-Series blades, the C-Series offers datacenter personnel looking to unleash the power of virtualization another choice in form factor.


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