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Collaboration is Hot … Cisco Upgrades to Cisco WebEx Social!

If you’ve been following my blog, you are familiar with the collaboration journey that Cisco has been taking over the past three years.  We launched our initial version of our collaboration platform, known then as the Integrated Workforce Experience powered by Cisco Quad, back in November 2010. Several releases have occurred since that time.  But, this week, we believe we have truly crossed the threshold with our upgrade to WebEx Social – with a new name, new look and new experience for all Cisco employees globally. Read More »

A Report From DEMO Fall 2012

Once again, I was delighted to be invited to serve as a Sage (judge) at the DEMO Fall 2012 Conference in Santa Clara. DEMO, as many of you may know, is a series of conferences sponsored by IDG/VentureBeat that identify tomorrow’s cutting-edge technologies. More than 80 start-up companies brought their new products and services to the DEMO stage to sell the audience of venture capitalists, IT professionals, industry analysts and news media on their ideas. Read More »

Migrating a Large Cisco UCM Cluster to Cisco UCS over the Weekend

To serve our headquarters campus in San Jose, California, Cisco IT deployed one of the world’s largest Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Cisco UCM) clusters, with 9 pairs of subscribers and a publisher supporting this one campus. Together with these main 19-servers the campus cluster also includes Unity node servers, presence servers and management servers, for a total of 48 Cisco MCS 7845s. In June 2012, we migrated these legacy servers to virtualized machines running on Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) servers over a single weekend. Read More »

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Dinosaur Water And Data Centers

September 19, 2012 at 10:00 am PST

I love it when a small discovery causes me think about the big picture.

I’ve been researching water-related factoids for this week’s Data Center Deconstructed video on hydropower.  Along the way, I uncovered this tidbit from the U.S. Geological Survey: Read More »

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Collaboration is Hot … Flawless Delivery of Our Annual Cisco Global Sales Meeting

Cisco IT constantly strives to improve how employees work by using our collaboration technologies. A perfect example of this is our global sales experience (GSX), a major internal conference for sales employees, which took place last week.  This was an outstanding showcase of our collaboration technologies delivering a world-class global sales experience. And, of course, it demonstrated how we can deliver IT capabilities across the entire life cycle of design through load testing for four days across 24 time zones.  We truly produced an “always on” 24/7 event which, combined with incredibly inspirational content, made it the BEST ever!  Read More »