Knowledge is Power.
The Cisco Live 2010 tagline here in Barcelona seems to have been well understood. Despite a sunny day, the audience was still very eager to participate and learn. Large flows of visitors, and attentive attendees characterized the spirit of this day on the show floor as well as in the conference rooms. Last time I checked on our data center partners , Panduit ,APC, Intel, EMC, VMware, NetApp were enjoying a significant traffic on their booth, making the participation to this event obviously worthwhile.
Another type of partners were eager to participate and learn – At the Partner Symposium, Cisco, VMware and EMC shared with our channel partners the Virtual Computing Environment (VCE) coalition strategy and efforts to expand the Vblock partner ecosystem. Amongst our partners, the VMware, and/or EMC partners are ready , but EMC as well as VMware are seriously committed to make their best efforts to invite Cisco partners to their network in order to build a robust group of partners able to support a growing demand for Vblocks . This symposium was certainly a great opportunity for the members of the coalition to communicate on rich set of partners programs.
The meeting with Groupe Agrica was another highlight of the day . This Cisco VMware EMC French customer is an insurance conglomerate, which manages retirement, injury, health care and saving plans for employees in the agricultural sector. Groupe Agrica is also well known, as it was one of the fist company to roll out a VDI project with VMware View. Today, Groupe Agrica manage 200 Virtual Servers running on 20 ESX hosts, and 550 Virtual Desktops running on 8 ESX hosts. Almost 99% of servers are virtualized yet. Groupe Agrica is also one of the first user of Nexus 1000V, as well as an early adopter of unified fabric and FCoE on Nexus 5000.
The presentation of Julien Mousqueton , Groupe Agrica’s Data Center Architect, generated a ton of interest and a lot of questions from an audience eager to collect customer details on the challenges , best practices and benefits of these migrations.The deployment of a suite of Cisco Nexus virtual switches, combined with VMware vSphere management tools, facilitated cooperation between server and networking teams and resolved challenges arising from this infrastructure consolidation project . According to Julien, “The combination of these solutions allows our IT teams to discover new benefits to virtualized infrastructure because we can now administer a network in avirtual environment the same way as we have done in the physical world, and it is simplified and intuitive.”
I will come back very soon with video interviews of Julien Mousqueton. Stay tuned.
Tonight, before an outstanding appreciation show with good music, nice food and wonderful artist , I invited bloggers from VMware and NetApp to share with us the experience of the day. It was an opportunity to talk about the Cisco VMware NetApp January 26th announcement around secure multi-tenancy design architecture
Tomorrow is the last day of Barcelona Networkers at Cisco Live 2010, with a new series of break-out sessions and the well expected super session with David Lawler on “Data Centre Virtualisation Architecture”
If you are in Barcelona tomorrow you may also want to attend the “Next Generation Data Centre Networks”(BRKDCT-2002) , “Deploying Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) (BRKVIR-2002), or “Designs: A virtual Network using the Cisco Nexus 1000V Series switch