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From Bastille Day to Virtualization &Unified Computing

July 14, 2009
at 12:00 pm PST

image Prise de la Bastille, by Jean-Pierre-Louis-Laurent Houel”On 5 May 1789, (the King) Louis XVI convened the Estates-General to hear their grievances. The deputies of the Third Estate representing the common people (the two others were the Church and nobility) decided to break away and form a National Assembly. On 20 June the deputies of the Third Estate took the Tennis Court Oath, swearing not to separate until a constitution had been established. They were gradually joined by delegates of the other estates; Louis started to recognize their validity on 27 June. The assembly re-named itself the National Constituent Assembly on 9 July, and began to function as a legislature and to draft a constitution. The people of Paris, fearful that they and their representatives would be attacked by the royal military, and seeking to gain ammunition and gunpowder for the general populace, stormed the Bastille (on July 14th) , a fortress-prison in Paris which had often held people jailed on the basis of lettres de cachet, arbitrary royal indictments that could not be appealed.The storming of the Bastille was more important as a rallying point and symbolic act of rebellion than a practical act of defiance. “(source :Wikepedia)Revolutions happened and happen in all areas of our world -- Some of them are violent -- Lot of them are soft -But all of them are disruptive and bring new hopes. They create a new dynamic where more creativity and more freedom can emerge. Virtualization and Unified Computing are certainly part of these disruptive models Some will argue about the comparison between Bastille Day and the virtualized/unified data center -- It’s certainly a stretch, inspired by this specific day . But think again. Bastille Day happened in a time of grievances, insecurity, lack of hopes and clear direction. It required an extraordinary alliance between the different estates. And finally it required the active participation of the men and women on street. (like to hear your comments on that )When on March 2009 ,Cisco and major partners such as APC, EMC, Emerson, NetAPP, Oracle, Panduit, VMware but also Intel, Microsoft, BMC .. started to claim a new “computing constitution”, they got an extraordinary attention and response from the men and women in the street ..forcing the “old computing world” to react and hopefully start in that direction as well.But changes in the business or computer world is as complex as in the political world -- It takes time, effort, communication and education.So it’s maybe not a coincidence that in order to celebrate the virtualization and Unified Computing “revolution” , Cisco and partners invite you to attend a virtual conference on July 15th on the Data Center of the Future So that you can start this “soft” revolution in your own company… from your desk

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