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What Do Cloud, Twitter, and Virtual Partner Summit Have in Common?

I’ve often said that the boundaries between work and life are blurring. I use Twitter every day to collaborate, talk with friends and engage in conversations I don’t normally have in the natural course of my business day.  It’s amazing to send out a tweet and to have people react immediately.

And while technology lets us send a single tweet to people around globe, it has other fantastic benefits, too—it also lets us attend a conference without having to even board a plane.

Join me at Cisco’s Virtual Partner Summit March 1-3, 2011 to see live keynotes, breakout sessions that will help you prepare a customer for a cloud solution, and a chance to ask me and other Cisco executives questions during live video chats. (All without having to leave home.) Register today.

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Cisco to Participate in Microsoft’s Fast Track 3.0 Program

This is an exciting time—I am happy to announce Cisco’s participation in the Microsoft Fast Track 3.0 program for data warehousing. The Microsoft Fast Track program has been in existence for some time, but this is the first time Cisco has been invited to participate in this Microsoft program.

Fast Track 3.0 is the third generation of a marketing program designed to accelerate consideration and adoption of data warehouse solutions based on the latest version of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Release 2 software. Microsoft SQL Server is gaining importance as a critical tool for enterprises and midsize companies to gather business intelligence. The Cisco reference configurations for SQL Server Fast Track Data Warehouse for scale-up data warehousing will empower customers with choices only Cisco can offer. To provide more flexibility for our customers, Cisco will be releasing SQL Server data warehouse configurations with EMC storage and configurations with NetApp storage.

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Mobile Videoconferencing: Take Your Meetings on the Road

When The Who sang about going mobile, they were talking about taking a vacation with no particular destination in mind, not smartphones. But that song could be an anthem for the times: These days, just about every one of us uses a smartphone or mobile device, whether to check email, update our Facebook and Twitter accounts, and to attend teleconferences. But using your phone to attend to a videoconference? That’s the new trend.

Wait, what, mobile videoconferencing? Yes, thanks to a slew of different devices, videoconferencing on mobile devices is the next big thing—a trend that’s predicted to hit “critical mass” in 2011. Here at Cisco we recognize that mobility is a key trend—and one that unites our Collaboration, Borderless Networks, and video strategies. Essentially, we should be able to connect anytime, from anywhere, to any device.

So what’s influencing the rise in mobile videoconferencing? Here’s the rundown, as well as a list of Cisco solutions that help with videoconferencing, and an example of one the ways that one of our partners is responding to the trend.

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“Like” the Social Media Platform for Partner Summit, Win Prizes

February 8, 2011 at 9:43 am PST

cisco channels facebook page600 million people can’t be wrong…

Rather than create an entirely new social media platform for Partner Summit this year, we decided to leverage a popular social media site that already exists (and one that more than 600 million people use).

After all, if Facebook were a country, it would be the third largest behind China and India. Imagine the possibilities…the whole world could be talking about Cisco partners and Partner Summit 2011.

On the Cisco Channels Facebook page, partners can ask questions, share thoughts about Partner Summit messages, network with other partners, talk with Cisco executives like Edison Peres (this year’s Facebook ambassador), watch videos, and upload own photos, and oh yeah — win prizes!

And the Partner Summit tab on the page gives you access to the Partner Summit schedule (just click the date to drill down into each day’s schedule), videos from the event, a photo gallery, and special updates. Plus, you can access important information for the event, right on your mobile phone.

But back to the prizes! We’ll be giving away an iPad a week leading up to Partner Summit. Keep reading to find out how you can win.

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Cloud Is a Game Changer: One Partner’s Perspective

Cisco partners are popular interviewees—in another one of his FastChat series interviews, Joe Panettieri, MSP Mentor blogger and Editorial Director, chatted with Kevin Crowe, Managed IT Services Director with partner Long View Systems.

During their discussion, Joe and Kevin talked about a number of topics, including three big IT trends we’ll see this year, particularly the return on investment and savings SMBs can expect from joining a public cloud.

Watch Kevin’s interview below to hear all the details.

So what are the three trends they identified? Here’s the scoop:

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