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Collaboration is Hot … Very Hot: a report from Enterprise 2.0

Coming to you live from beautiful Boston at Enterprise 2.0 – the premier conference for enterprise social software – where the weather is gorgeous.  Take it from me – Mike’s Pastry is the best place in the world for homemade cannolis!

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Paving the Way for Pervasive Video

Pervasive video is a relatively new concept in the world of IT, but it’s one that organizations of all sizes will increasingly hear more about. Certainly at Cisco we use the term often. In fact, we have a pervasive video strategy. So what does that mean? Well, we have video endpoints and solutions that range from IP video phones for personal communication, to desktop PC video clients and enterprise TV for scalable employee communications, to immersive TelePresence for a life-size, face-to-face experience. But it’s not the number of endpoints and solutions themselves that constitute pervasive video. Rather it’s how we use video throughout the organization to promote collaboration and communication with anyone, anywhere, and ultimately drive business objectives. This end goal is the cornerstone of Cisco’s pervasive video strategy. Read More »

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Are We Approaching 1.2 Jigawatts in the Data Center?

June 15, 2011 at 10:00 am PST

What are typical power and cooling densities in a Data Center these days?  What do you think they’ll be in the future?

I routinely host Data Center tours at Cisco’s headquarters.  During those walkthroughs I often discuss how the densities in our server environments have increased over time.  Facilities with 50 to 60 watts per square foot gave way to those of 100 to 120 watts per square foot, which in turn gave way to those of 175 to 200 watts per square foot.

“I’m your density.  I mean… your destiny.”

- George McFly, Back to the Future

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Place Your Data Center Bets

June 8, 2011 at 10:00 am PST

Novelty bets are all the rage these days in gambling.  Bookmakers are laying odds and allowing side bets on the minutiae of major events ranging from athletic contests to national elections to royal weddings.  My favorite novelty bet from the 2011 Super Bowl:  how long would Christina Aguilera hold the note “brave” at the end of the National Anthem?  (It went nine seconds by my unofficial count.  Feel free to time it yourself.)

Can we get the Data Center industry a piece of this action?  Imagine the odds line for happenings in and around your server environment in the next six months: Read More »

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Curse You, UCS

June 1, 2011 at 10:00 am PST

I’m shaking my fist at the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS).  It’s making me let go of a Data Center solution that worked well in the past.

I worked for years on Cisco’s team that designed and managed our Data Centers.  In the early 2000s, hardware compaction strongly influenced our physical design.  Every few weeks it seemed a different manufacturer debuted a new server smaller and more powerful than its predecessor.  We could fit more gear into our cabinets and so found we had a lot more cabling to manage.  This was especially challenging in legacy Data Centers with cables routed below the under-floor plenum.  More cabling meant less airflow.  

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