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Intelligent Automation for Cloud at EMC World this week

It’s time for EMC fans to gather from across the globe for this great event: EMC World in Las Vegas started today!

It’s also an opportunity to learn about Cisco’s cloud management solutions, designed to deliver end-to-end unified management and an intelligent approach to IT automation — complementing intelligent infrastructure such as UCS, Nexus, EMC storage, and the Vblock platform.

You may have heard that we recently introduced the new Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud Starter Edition. Here’s a brief overview and demo featured on TechWise TV:

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SDN Goings On at CiscoLive 2012

May 21, 2012 at 11:03 am PST

So, apparently, a few of you are interested about what we will have to say at around OpenFlow and software defined networking (SDN).  If you are lucky enough to heading off to CiscoLive! in San Diego, then there are a couple of things that you should definitely put on your to-do list.

We have three sessions you should check out:

  • From the Trenches: Delivering Real Software Defined Networking Solutions (PNLRST-4007):  A panel discussion with Cisco folks, a couple of customer that have some real-world experience with SDN and OpenFlow and perhaps an analyst or two.  The session will focus on what we see folks currently doing, lessons learned and what direction the panel sees the technology evolving
  • Software Defined Networks and OpenFlow (BRKRST-205): Fari warning--this session will make your brain bleed, but in a good way.  Its a deep technical exploration into SDN and some of the design implications of deploying said technology.
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Cisco at EMC World: Joint Solutions and Unified Data Center

May 20, 2012 at 9:19 am PST

Elvis may have left the building, but Cisco is just arriving to Booth 402 at EMC World. There’s a lot to learn and see, here are some highlights from the Unified Data Center point of view.

Session Title: Transforming Data Center Storage Networks to the Cloud
Speaker: Dr. J Michel Metz, Product Manager, Cisco and Josh Mello, Solutions Technical Marketing, EMC
Date/Time: Monday, May 21, 2012, 4:00p.m. – 5:00p.m.

Hint: Scan the conference for Dr. J Metz

Hint: Scan the conference for Dr. J Metz

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Public Cloud with Confidence

The benefits of public cloud are so tempting that many organizations have been quick to adopt; only to find out of the downsides and risks the hard way—being confronted by them!  The list of potential risks can get long and include alarming items like lackluster performance, costs considerably higher than expected, and the ever looming security violations.

So how does one move to adopt public cloud services, gaining the benefits while minimizing the risk?  Caveat emptor, buyer beware, is a good start place.  Cloud promises come fast and furiously.  You need to make the time and devote the effort to understanding and documenting your needs and expectations.  Then compare these to the array of promises and develop a guiding roadmap for public cloud adopting. Read More »

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Is VDI right for your BYOD requirements?

Gone are the days when an employee would be issued a single desktop computer to use for all work-related tasks. The bring your own device, or BYOD revolution is being driven by an increasingly mobile and geographically dispersed workforce that want to use their device of choice for personal and work related activities. Organizations today depend increasingly on offsite knowledge workers, independent contractors, consultants, distributed call centers, and globe-traveling executives to operate successfully. Not only do those workers demand remote access, they want that access from a growing array of devices—from laptops and ultrabooks, to tablets and smartphones.

NO ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL FOR BYOD

The good news is that IT today has options for addressing these challenges. There are two distinct options for implementing a BYOD strategy: to “go native” or to virtualize. Do you go for a native solution, in which applications and data reside on the actual devices? Or do you go for a virtualized solution, where applications and data reside in the data center with access being provided through a virtual desktop? Cisco’s BYOD and VXI Smart Solutions address these models respectively.

Although native deployments make good sense in many cases—such as in limited-access scenarios that support select applications like email, calendaring, the Intranet and certain mobile or SaaS applications—there are many scenarios where a full desktop and application experience is critical.

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