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Focus on Energy – No Flash in the Pan

It is really good to see such long term, focused attention being given to energy issues. We have done multiple shows on ‘Green’ subjects over the last few seasons: Network Energy Efficiency with a great pre-launch dig into the Cisco EnergyWise additions to IOS as well as a show focused on the mother of energy consumption for many companies – the data center. This is where we first met Rob Aldrich, a fantastically passionate advocate for efficiency who maintains some great entries at our Cisco Green Blog. Be sure to give it a look. The reason for today’s post however is to bring your attention to our latest podcast featuring an old friend of the show, Ramesh Bijor. Ramesh was all over Jimmy Ray again this year at CiscoLive to make sure we got a good look at his Cisco EnergyWise demo. The concepts are simple to digest I think but profound in their long term outlook. Jimmy Ray does a good job as usual of digging behind the initial veneer of the technology:We both have good memories of working with Ramesh Read More »

The Cisco Building Mediator Featured on BizWiseTV

Imagine a group of very important people that are expected to accomplish a common goal. Now imagine that they have no ability to communicate…they don’t speak the same language. They are smart…they can get it done. But NOW imagine how much MORE they could get done if they understand each other. Suppose you have been managing this group of high performers…all of a sudden you are getting one progress report, one dashboard to keep your finger on the pulse. Now you are not just getting by with the basics…you have a foundation laid for doing things you could never have considered before. Read More »

The Intangibles of Telepresence

I usually emit a little chuckle when I see any of the 100’s of articles written about “HD Video Conferencing”…a category that Telepresence will often get mistakenly mislabeled into. I sold traditional video conferencing into large accounts for MCI for many years and one large customer in Cincinnati highlighted for me what was so often the problem. Primarily, it was just not easy enough. Any time the technology has the ability to get in the way of the meeting, then you lost. Its all about the meeting. I had seen this one large customer watch as HUGE PictureTel rooms with incredible technology and dedicated teams remained largely vacant. The hassle factor was too much. Read More »

Show Notes – Unlocking the Potential of Virtualization

Looking for Show Notes? Our latest Data Center Episode “Unlocking the Potential of Virtualization” featuring the debut of our Data Center Expert, Steve Phillips! (Register to watch live on 7/30 and available to watch as a VoD right after!)The technology covered in this show is both new and difficult to understand…yet so fundamental to understanding and solving this challenge of how we leverage the benefits of server virtualization without handicapping it by forcing traditional, very physical, networking model. Read More »

Defending Your Network in 256 Bytes or Less

Jimmy Ray Purser is hosting another one of his interactive webex based workshops that you really don’t want to miss. If are you are already familiar with your show than you probably know that security and networking probably rank highest on JR’s passion list (from a work perspective…). This topic, which he dives into on August 13 is a really nice cross-section of stuff that he is SO deeply knowledgable on that I guarantee that no matter how much you think you already know about the topic…he will hit it from an angle you either had not considered or never knew to think about. This is one of the reasons I love this hillbilly friend of mine…he has a depth of knowledge that he loves to share and way of sharing it that never gets boring…he hates doing the same thing twice. The ‘copy’ that has gone out describing the workshop sounds intriguing: Read More »