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Unified Data Center IQ Contest : And if there is only ONE ..

First the news .. this week we got 455 answers ! So we definitely witness a fierce competition between the best brains!
Congratulations to our two first winners of a new iPAD !!
They already got an e-mail , and as soon as we have their agreement we will introduce them to you.

Now don’t forget two important rules:

– If you show up at this point of the competition you still can win a weekly iPAD and catch up for the Grand Prize (valueed $2000)  with bonus questions over the week-end
This week bonus question are about “desktop virtualization “ Perfect timing as Citrix Synergy starts next week in Barcelona- Check the bonus question on – You have till Sunday evening PST to answer – And follow  @ciscodc and @drombaut for some hints.

-Next week question will be about Unified Management solutions and more precisely Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud, SAP IT Process Automation, but also some questions related to Openstack. So check first thing in the morning (PST) on Monday .Remember ,the sooner you answer the questions, the more points you can get for the Grand Prize.

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Virtuata and vCider: Next Steps to Building a World of Many Clouds

One of the things that has always been clear to us is that a pragmatic cloud and virtualization solution is going to need to embrace diversity.  There were going to be many paths to cloud and customers would want the freedom to choose to host workloads on physical infrastructure, any of the hypervisors available or one of the emerging number of cloud options.  This realization has been one of the factors that has shaped our strategy for delivering practical solutions for virtualization and cloud to the market.

Cloud Networking: Multi-Hypervior and Multi-Service

Initially, we focused on physical/virtual consistency and separation of duties.  We kicked this effort off with the Nexus 1000V, which was a fully functioning NX-OS switch rendered fully in software.  With L2 handled, we moved on to deploy virtual services consistent with this physical counterparts like the ASA 1000V, the Virtual Security Gateway (VSG) and vWAAS. Finally, we fleshed out the networking stack with the Cloud Services Router (CRS 1000V).

The network has always been a platform for enabling heterogeneous OS and heterogeneous applications to connect. Naturally, the next step was to take the capabilities we had built and extend them across multiple hypervisors so we could now deliver a consistent experience for customers with heterogeneous hypervisor environments.  We built on our success with over 6,000 enterprise and service provider VMware vSphere customers and are now extending those came capabilities to Microsoft Hyper-V environments as well for Xen and KVM open source hypervisors. With the recently announced shift to a “freemium” pricing model, with the Nexus 1000V-Essential Edition, customers are gaining these benefits with minimal cost and risk.

vCider and Virtuata: Opportunity for Secure Multi-cloud Networking

However, some of the most interesting progress has come from our two of our more recent acquisitions that have been centered on the concept of providing better operations and management of multi-cloud environments.  As customers more broadly adopt cloud and virtualization, security and isolation at the VM level become of paramount importance. To address this need we acquired Virtuata this summer. The Virtuata technology will give us (okay, you) the ability to have sophisticated and consistent security for VMs across multi-hypervisor and multi-cloud environments.

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Workload Automation, The Next Generation

I was talking to a few analysts this week on workload automation and some interesting themes came up.   Workload Automation (aka Job Scheduling) starting with IBM mainframes and job control language.  Over the years the automated execution of business processes (moving batch data  in real-time schedules) became a major workload in the data center.   This was extended from mainframe to distributed computing with Unix and then Windows compute.  Along with this came all the Enterprise Resource Planning and Business Intelligence package applications that made SAP and Oracle famous.  Moving the data around was absolutely mission critical.  Huge demand on the data center resources drove the need to begin to control the resource states of the target compute engines to be ready for the high demands of processing millions of transactions or running critical reports for the Enterprise.

Now here is the rub…

The 40 to 60 year old set (of which I am member) know all about this “in the background” processing and its importance.  The challenge now, with all the new Web applications being created and a new batch of IT professionals is that this critical part of the IT ecosystem is being forgot about, downplayed and generally not paid attention too until there is a big outage and enterprise controls and automation are put in place.  There are so many places where workload automation can be applied to help automate key processes.  Many of our customers of this product line have increased the size of their operations 2-3x over the past 3 years.  All this cool new technology and new products being sold are putting increased demands on workload automation.   Learn more about this cost saving automation technology, your CIO will thank you for it.


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Attend a Cloud Workshop by Cisco

I have previously blogged about the value of a having a Cloud Workshop to drive success for your first Private Cloud.   Well now Cisco’s Cloud & Systems Management Technology Group and Cisco Corporate IT will host a Workshop at the 11th International Cloud Expo.   Register to hear the best “true grit” about the Private Cloud.   I will be presenting with Rodrigo Flores, Joann Starke and Brian Cinque.

See you there.

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Tech ‘Friendship’ Between Savvis and Cisco Leads to Satisfied Customers

I invited over the past two years several technology partners and resellers to share their opinions on this blog. Today I expand this invitation to some of our service providers . Of course, it felt very natural to start with one of our best partner in this field.

David Shacochis is Vice President of Cloud Platforms at Savvis. In this role he is responsible for revenue growth, strategic alignment and customer adoptionwithin this emerging product portfolio. As a senior member of the Enterprise Cloud business unit, he helps guide decision-making with regards to technology issues and service strategy for the entire Savvis cloud hosting business worldwide.

 You can read more blogs from David here and can follow him on Twitter @daveshac

“Dime con quién andas y te diré quién eres …”

(“Tell me who you are friends with and I´ll tell you who you are …”)

I overheard this old Spanish saying while drinking sangria at a tapas bar on Las Ramblas, after our first day at VMworld Europe in Barcelona. I gazed into my wine glass as the Mediterranean wind gently blew juniperus leaves through the breezeway – and I was struck by the similarities between industrial alignment and human friendship.

(OK, maybe it didn’t exactly start that way. Maybe I just happened to recall that there was a Spanish adage about who your friends are, and I Googled it from the VMworld Partner Lounge. Yeah, maybe that’s how it happened. But for now, let’s just stick with the cold-open that makes me sound like Jonathan Goldsmith.)

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