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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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You Can’t Stop Compute, You Can Only Hope to Contain It

May 4, 2011 at 10:00 am PST

Don’t put away the party favors yet.

Cisco a few weeks ago opened a new Data Center in Allen, Texas to fanfare that included media coverage and a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Texas Governor Rick Perry.

We’re now opening a Data Center in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.  The facility features water-cooled cabinets, supports up to 25 kW per rack and has sophisticated monitoring and management tools for controlling power and cooling systems.  The Data Center can be configured with different levels of redundancy (up to tier 4), has a calculated PUE below 1.25 and is modular, allowing for rapid expansion.

Oh, and it’s tucked into a 40 ft. long box that can be delivered to your doorstep.  That’s right, Cisco’s newest server environment is a containerized Data Center.

The Cisco Containerized Data Center at Cisco's Research Triangle Park campus.

A formal grand-opening isn’t scheduled until August when an in-building Data Center opens its doors on the Research Triangle Park campus as well.  But you can watch the video below for a sneak peak at how it was installed as well as catch further discussion about Data Center container capabilities.

Additional information about the Cisco Containerized Data Center is available at www.cisco.com/go/cdc.

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Parting Clouds and Being Real About Virtualization

April 27, 2011 at 10:00 am PST

Unless you have been living under a rock for the past few years – and perhaps even then – you have undoubtedly heard someone touting the merits of virtualization and cloud computing.  Chief among the advantages are reduced costs and the capability to do more with fewer resources.

Although the terms are often used simultaneously, cloud and virtualization aren’t the same.  Click below for a brief discussion of each.

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Using Mobility to free you from the desktop – What we’ve learned about deploying Cisco Unified Mobility

Last week, I described what Cisco Unified Mobility is and what it does for me and the other thousands of employees at Cisco.  Today, let me tell you about the deployment process and what we learned.

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Cisco Unified Mobility requires our Cisco Unified Communications Managers to be on version 7.1 or above, and we started deploying the service soon after we’d upgraded to 7.1.  We deployed Cisco Unified Mobility in each of our 13 Cisco Unified Communications Manager clusters, rolling out the service on a site-by-site basis. This gradual transition process helped to smooth the impact of supporting users and the potential for spikes in outbound calls as employees began working with the SNR feature.  At first, we worried that a large number of calls going out to mobile phones from Cisco sites might overwhelm smaller outbound trunks, but so far we haven’t seen any problems there.  Also, our gradual site-based rollout made it easy to avoid countries that do not allow outbound calling from our private VoIP network to the PSTN (primarily in the Middle East, and in India).

One implementation decision may be a surprise:

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