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Sitting in my big green chair at home (it’s been with me for 13 years and is kind of a faithful frind like that although it’s fading on the side the sun glares on all day) and reading a few blogs, catching up on my email, and reminiscing a bit.Tonight at Cisco we had a party for employees that are celebrating their 10-year anniversary here. Pretty neat to think about where things were in 1998… Google was being founded. FibreChannel Switching was being developed. I was an SE installing ATM to the desktop ‘Analysts’ proselytized Fast Token Ring and Gigabit Token Ring We both learned. Layer-3 Switching was ‘cool and new’ There was a difference between switches and routers We were installing FEPs into Routers to connect Mainframes over WANs without OSA adapters Voice over ATM was cutting edge MPLS… ??? it was a year later we got the first multi-vendor label swapping working at Interop I just got a new laptop with a smoking Pentium II processor with MMX extensions! It was a Toshiba Tecra I believe. Windows 98 was money But my NT 4.0 was more stable The companies I competed with.. don’t exist nowStrange how quick a decade can go. From a pure technology time though it’s also neat to learn the lessons from the past, see how they fit to the future, look at what we’re building and where the market and industry are going and pull your sunglasses off your head, fasten your seatbelt, and get ready for a wild ride…You ever wake up the day after your birthday as a kid, a bit tired from the sugar rush leaving your body after having a wee too much cake and ice-cream and realize as you stare around at that new GI Joe with Kung Fu Grip that it’ll be another year before it’s your day again? Don’t you sometimes wish you could have two birthdays in a year? I mean, that would be pretty cool right? A few weeks ago we introduced the Cisco Nexus 7000, a data center class switching system. A lot of people have written about the system, Unified Fabrics, technologies like FibreChannel over Ethernet, Virtual Device Contexts, NX-OS, Zero Service Disruption Upgrades, etc… some people probably thought that was it, and we’d have a lull for a while as we went and built something new to talk about in another year, another “birthday”. Hang on to your hats, the next few weeks are going to be quite fun again.dg

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