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Oracle OpenWorld: Observations from the Floor

October 4, 2011
at 2:16 pm PST

Though Oracle OpenWorld 2011 opened with a bang on Sunday night, and I, like many, enjoyed both the keynote and the metakeynote (aka, Twitterstream, see Intel’s Pauline Vist’s fantastic take on the keynote), Monday was when the conversations really started. High-level observations: wow, that’s a lot of people, especially in line for coffee. Average Starbuck’s wait time: 20 minutes. How this makes the average OOW attendee feel:

OOW Attendee Before Coffee

OOW Attendee Before Coffee

Post-caffeine drip, and with the day’s sessions underway, there was a lot of buzz around Big Data, amplified by the relative silence of the Cloud. Nature of this show or trend? We shall see. Perhaps it’s a post-Cloud world, on to the next thing?

In the Cisco booth, lots of interest in the Cius demo, with lively discussion around the distinctions between tablet solutions and the need for an enterprise-class tablet. The Cius demo highlights the simplicity of collaboration across devices (VXI!): virtual doesn’t mean decreased performance.

Cius Docked

Cius Docked

Cisco’s strong partnerships with our technology partners are on full display here at OOW11. Here’s the UCS featured in the Intel booth (complete with fabulous Intel lighting):

Cisco UCS featured in the Intel booth

Cisco UCS featured in the Intel booth

Along with the hardware, Intel hosted Cisco’s John McAbel, an Oracle Applications Architect, as a guest speaker, whose talk was well-attended and insightful. (For more about John, check out Didier Rombaut’s blog post with a video interview. )

John McAbel presenting on UCS at Intel's booth at Oracle OpenWorld

John McAbel presenting on UCS at Intel's booth at Oracle OpenWorld

John has additional theater sessions Tuesday and Wednesday, and a panel session Thursday (Oracle VM Consolidation and Path to the Cloud on the Cisco Unified Computing System: Thursday, 09:00 AM, Moscone South -- 252). Worth checking out.

Cisco UCS was also in the NetApp booth, with a FlexPod on display:

FlexPod in the NetApp Booth

FlexPod in the NetApp Booth

Great representation of Cisco UCS with EMC as well with the in-booth Vblock.

Vblock at the EMC booth with VCE team.

Vblock at the EMC booth with VCE team.

Be sure to drop by the booth to for one of the theater sessions and  to register for your chance to win an iPad.

John Chambers Keynote on Wednesday!

John Chambers Keynote on Wednesday!

And I hear there’s a pretty great keynote Wednesday morning: John Chambers is on deck at 8:00 AM.

As you can see, Cisco is all over #OOW11 this week, and we’ll keep you posted (follow #oowcisco). What are you hearing in terms of trends at the show? Share your thoughts in the comments below, share a picture on Facebook, or Tweet the news to @CiscoDC. I’m  listening, and roaming the show floor with a camera to capture your feedback.

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