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Cisco Live : Daily Blogger Techminute and UCS 2 Years Birthday Celebration

July 12, 2011 at 9:24 am PST

There was a lot energy yesterday at Cisco Live -- A larger than expected crowd gathered in the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, showing a growing interest for Cisco and Cisco partners. At the end of a series of video interviews I was happy to welcome for a  quick panel on desktop virtualization Citrix Natalie Lambert, NetApp Vaughn Stewart and Cisco Doug Dooley

If you want to know more about Cisco Desktop Virtualization, check also this video interview from Doug Dooley at Citrix Synergy.

After the panel, data center bloggers and tweeps gathered for a meet up, happy hour,  and raffle on the data center booth at the World of Solutions which just opened at 5:00 pm  - A great opportunities to meet physically a lot of Cisco and non Cisco bloggers.

But the end was not over as I join my video crew for the UCS birthday -- Cisco Live was an opportunity to celebrate with numerous customers and with our partner Intel on the last floor on THEhotel  the 2 years of Unified Computing System -- A birthday can’t be sweet without a cake -- So we shared a cake made after the UCS design -- Check out the unusual shape of this cake !Sounds familiar ?

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Cisco Live, VXI, and the New Convergence

As if desktop virtualization wasn’t complicated enough… let’s throw unified communications in there, and really roll the dice (sticking with the Vegas theme) with getting your small pilot/PoC off the ground.  Right?  Well traditionally, yes, but we’ve actually seen this movie before – one that tells a very similar story of convergence at the desktop that resulted in a major transformation in how enterprises leverage the intelligence in the network to bring two previously disparate worlds together (this reads better with the voice-over guy they use in Hollywood trailers). Read More »

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Short note on Cisco – VMware joint solutions demos at Cisco Live

At Cisco Live earlier today, I had opportunity to talk with my very good friend Sean Gilbert (VMware’s Global Technical Alliance Manager for Cisco) about all the cool stuff that VMware is showcasing in their booth at Cisco Live. I was particularly interested in the demos and Cisco specific integration that will help our joint customers accelerate journey to private and hybrid clouds.

I was impressed with what I heard and thought it would be nice to share the highlights of the conversation I had with Sean. Here it is…should not be more than 5 minutes read :)

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Cisco Live, VXI, and the Challenge of Monday 8:55am

So here we are, Monday at Cisco Live…  Most likely you cut your weekend short to get here on time, or… you fought some insane TSA line-ups and a full-body x-ray scan this morning to squeeze onto an oversold flight.  Regardless, you’re hopefully reading this from the comfort of a quiet, convenient spot you’ve staked out in the Mandalay Bay with a vodka-tonic within arms-reach (well maybe not). Read More »

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DCI – Virtualized Workload Mobility

We’re at Cisco Live 2011, Las Vegas and have released two Design Considerations documents around Virtual Workload Mobility over the Data Center Interconnect (DCI).

Here’s a little background..  The DCI system has four main components that leverage existing products and technologies and is modular in design, allowing for DCI system to support new and evolving use cases. For the Virtualized Workload Mobility use case, the solution components are shown below.


The Design Considerations documents go over contraints, concerns, items to consider when developing your system.

After the jump you’ll learn a little more about the solutions components, high-level, with direct links to the Design Considerations documents themselves…

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