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@ciscoDC – Social Media all over VMworld 2011

I’m excited to be part of the group of dedicated bloggers, vloggers, and tweeters from the Cisco Data Center marketing team at my first VMworld ever. I think events like this are the best way to get a real sense of the industry across the breadth of operators, engineers, decision makers, vendors, and analysts. There are more people I’d like to meet and catch up with than I think is even possible in just four days. Our social media guru, Amy Lewis, asked me to make a video about it. [I meant VMworld 2011 when I said VMworld 21, really.]

Our team will have “roving reporters” speaking to people of all stripes about what they’re interested in, what they’re learning, what sessions they’ve found useful, what kinds of problems they’re solving, and the technology on display. We’ll also be covering some of the tweetups and events that our team is running during the show:

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Cisco VXI, Virtual Desktops, VMworld, and Vegas…

Once again, it’s the perfect storm of IT pros, all-you-can-eat-buffets, and outstanding content on end-user computing, and it all starts next week!

But before I get to the part where I try to hijack your calendar with all the great Cisco VXI content available to you at VMworld 2011, I want to share some perspective from my visit to Metro Health in Grand Rapids Michigan last week.  Read More »

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@ciscoDC – Preparing for VMworld 2011 – Calling Dr.Tweeter

On Monday we showed you the preparation. On Tuesday we showed you the execution model. We thought things were under control, but when you have so much going on at a huge event, sometimes the pressure starts to take it’s toll. Luckily we have great teamwork within the Cisco Data Center team and we were able to spot the signs early.

To keep up with everything Cisco @ VMworld 2011, we recommend you follow @ciscoDC and #ciscovmw.

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VMworld 2011 – Cisco and VMware – Big New Opportunities

A few weeks ago, VMware announced a huge number of updates to their product portfolio, under the “Cloud Infrastructure Suite” umbrella. Without going into all the product/feature specifics, as plenty of blogs have already covered that, I wanted to highlight several areas where IT organizations will now have the opportunity to truly take advantage of joint integration and world-class technology from Cisco and VMware. I highlight these because many of them will be demo’d at the Cisco Booth (#700) at VMworld next week, as well as covered in white-boarding and Q&A sessions with our “Ask the Experts” panel each day.

So if you’re going out to VMworld 2011 in Las Vegas next week, I highly recommend you check out these technologies and opportunities to improve how IT is delivered to your business:

  • “Monster VMs” -- one of the key areas of vSphere 5 is enhanced capabilities to host large, Tier-1 application VMs. This is a huge advancement as IT organizations look to continue to drive greater utilization and efficiency in the data center, without sacrificing performance and availability. And there is no better x86 server platform to run those mission-critical applications on that Cisco UCS. Not only has the UCS plaform been independently proven to provide world-record performance for almost every application type, but more and more customers are voting with their wallets that UCS will be their next generation server platform (now up to 7400 customers as of August 2011). Read More »

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@ciscoDC – Preparing for VMworld 2011 – The Gameplan

Yesterday, we went behind the scenes and introduced you to our preparation for VMworld 2011. But preparation only is only a hope for great execution. Great execution requires a gameplan that can address every possible scenario, emphasizes strengths and attempts to minimize any weaknesses.

In today’s behind-the-scenes preparation for VMworld, we look at “The Gameplan” to bring the best of knowledge, learning and fun to the Cisco booth (#700) at the show.

To keep up with everything Cisco @ VMworld 2011, we recommend you follow @ciscoDC and #ciscovmw. For all the details, check out the main Cisco@VMworld page.

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