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Getting Inventive in the Data Center

May 25, 2011 at 10:00 am PST

What’s the coolest technology you wish someone would invent for a Data Center?

As the more entrepreneurial among us are likely already aware, it’s National Inventors Month in the United States.  In light of that – and the video below discussing how Data Centers themselves foster innovation – I thought it would be interesting to make a Data Center wish list.  Just in case a fledgling Thomas Edison out there is looking for something to work on.

The Data Center technologies I want:

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Collaboration is Hot…Very Hot: a report from Canada

Coming to you live from beautiful Toronto, Canada, overlooking Lake Ontario….

Not only is the view spectacular from Cisco’s downtown offices but the Cisco Networkers conference has been an exceptional experience.  During my two days here, I had the opportunity to share our collaboration journey with customers in academia, financial services, healthcare and retail (the largest retailer in Canada).  Read More »

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When Patch Cords Attack!

May 18, 2011 at 10:00 am PST

We had fun with last week’s post, I Saw What You Patched Last Summer, viewing the horrors that are the entries to Cisco’s recent Crazy Cabling Contest  Fun because, as humorist Will Rogers famously noted, everything is funny as long as it is happening to someone else.

You obviously don’t want such cabling mayhem in your Data Center.   Tangled cables greatly increase the risk of accidental downtime.  They also inhibit airflow, forcing a Data Center’s cooling system to work harder to deliver chilled air to hardware and thereby increasing energy consumption and operational costs.

For those keeping score at home, here’s the winning submission as voted by visitors to Cisco’s Facebook page:

The top vote-getter from Cisco's Crazy Cabling Contest.

Messy cabling is also bad because it leads to more messy cabling.  Have you ever walked into a Data Center with just one sloppy server cabinet?  In my experience, server environments are either neat and tidy throughout or messy throughout.

So, what can be done to prevent tangled cabling in your Data Center?

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I Saw What You Patched Last Summer

May 11, 2011 at 10:00 am PST

Cisco recently hosted a Crazy Cabling Contest, inviting people to share photos of the most disorganized, rats-have-obviously-nested-here cabling within their server environments.

See what turned up:

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Collaboration is Hot … Very Hot!! (How Collaboration at Cisco is Used Effectively with Engineering – A Case Study)

I find it gratifying that so many different organizations within Cisco have been able to leverage our collaboration solution – the Integrated Workforce Experience or IWE – to better enable them to improve speed, scale and reuse on a regular basis.  I’ve shared examples with you in my last two blogs about how our Sales and IT departments have used IWE successfully.  Today I’m providing a look into Cisco’s Engineering function and how it is using collaboration to great effect.

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