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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

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 »

A Reporter’s Least Favorite Story

When I worked as a newspaper reporter, there was one type of story my fellow writers and I always dreaded.

Weather stories.  I’m not talking about covering a major event like a tornado threatening the region or about investigating the impact of a drought on the local agriculture industry.  Those are compelling stories and we were glad to do them. Read More »

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