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Data Driven Control Freaks Unite!

April 27, 2009 at 12:00 pm PST

imageNew show airing this Thursday -- please don’t miss TWTV 44 -- Network Management: The Rest of the Story Should we doing a show on Network Management? Based on the responses for this blog as well as what Jimmy Ray got on his Network World blog…great feedback. Jimmy Ray’s Blog Entry: “Network Management Sucks” -- Ton’s of great conversation ensuedLooking for Show Notes? Read More »

RSA Security Conference Day 1

April 21, 2009 at 12:00 pm PST

Jimmy Ray will be prowling the conference floor here at the Moscone Center today while I host 6 different security guests on our main stage. I am not entirely sure what Jimmy Ray may dig up…more on that later…but our little booth stage will be busy -- Here is the agenda:11:15 AM -- Siva Mandalam joins me to chat about the Cisco Virtual Office and the realities of the technology12:00 -- Both Martin Pueblas and Don Hamilton, Design and Architecture engineers who have been hard at work re-crafting SAFE will share what has changed as we now launch SAFE version 21:00 -- Greg Carter, (fellow Texan) Security Services Product Manager is all wound up and ready to share new and updated security services we are offering around the marriage of security and compliance via the IT GRC framework.2:00 -- Samantha Madrid is stepping in to talk Web Security with me. Great new stuff on the power of reputation services and the parallel malware signature scanning3:00 -- Dual guests on the subject of ‘Secure Remote Access’ with Laure Andrieux and Matt Kaneko. Couple of crazy geeks that have always been fun to present with in the past. 4:00 -- Mei Huang is bringing our high end IPS skillz’ down to the SMB (Cisco AIP SSC-5 on ASA 5505)5:00 -- Nick Edwards, made famous in one of our early episodes, TWTV 24, gives us the lowdown on how succesful we are being (or not being?) with stopping email threats today. Tomorrow could EASILY be even bigger than today…did you know we are going to stream live as the ‘opening act’ for John Chambers keynote? Read More »

Join Us at RSA Security Next Week!

April 17, 2009 at 12:00 pm PST

imageThe big show continues this year for security minded folks and once again, Jimmy Ray and I will be prowling around the expo floor. This is a very corporate show of course but there are always some decent storylines and trends to take a look at. We are going to divide and conquer a bit so if you see us there PLEASE stop and say hello. On Tuesday, Jimmy Ray will be dragging our favorite camera crew around, Greg, from Freeman Productions and some of his misfits…one of my favorites being Rob Baker, someone I think is a slam dunk of Will Ferrell. We work with different, generally local field crews whenever we go on location but our favorite by far is Greg and team. Very thorough, very professional but very willing to hit the lounge after a long day and enjoy good cigar, (more of a Jimmy Ray thing than me but I love the company). The show promises some cool announcements and many updates to a lot of your favorite products. Read More »

Virtual Port Channels: Building Networks without Spanning Tree

April 17, 2009 at 12:00 pm PST

Virtualization technologies currently require Layer 2 Ethernet connectivity to function properly. With the increased use of these types of technologies in data centers and now even across data center locations, organizations are shifting from a highly scalable Layer 3 network model to a highly scalable Layer 2 model. What? How can this be? This shift is causing changes in the technologies used to manage large layer 2 environments, including migration away from Spanning Tree Protocol as a primary loop management technology toward new technologies such vPC and Data Center Ethernet.Robert Starmer is a Cisco Data Center Switching Engineer, he joins Robb and Jimmy Ray on set to explain and demonstrate exactly how the technology works.

The Real Data Center Story on UCS

April 17, 2009 at 12:00 pm PST

The Cisco Unified Computing System has a fascinating history that highlights the genius of multiple icons of networking from Vmware, to Sun and to multiple Cisco acquisitions dating all the way back through the Andiamo acquisition. David Lawler was a very early contributor to Nuova Systems which grew quickly to become the defining products of the Cisco Nexus family now poised to revolutionize the data center. David chatted with us just prior to the latest round of enhancements so we could catch up on the history, the memory enhancements and the incredible number of people who are still publishing inane comments cause they can’t wrap their head around the innovation. (David was much nicer than that…my comment only ;-) Robb)