The recent public broadcast of the announcements of the second generation Nexus series and the ASA 1000V virtual firewall included an oustanding customer panel with Avago Technologies and HireRight. Feedback on these videos always points to the value of hearing from other customers, and viewers were particularly enthusiastic about this segment based on two great presenters sharing real world metrics for how they measure the success of their data center projects and the benefits they’ve achieved by working with Cisco.
“Terrific! Fantastic! Cisco have delivered yet more innovation and data center switching and unified fabric leadership. All these new features and capabilities!” …. BUT … (and you may be asking this question) …. “How can we exploit these new features quickly? I’m just too busy!”
Let’s face it -- these new data center capabilities are not much use sitting on your loading dock or drawing board. You’ll know this better that me -- it’s one thing to have new features available, it’s another challenge to exploit them by designing them into your architecture -- that is where the real skill comes in. But you’re busy, are unbdoubtedly overloaded, and wondering how you can get it all done.
So how can we help you translate these excellent new features into your production data center? How can you get access to our Cisco experts who have (each!) architected literally dozens of unified fabric designs? Perhaps you don’t need or want a full multi-week design exercise -- what other options are available to you? What can Cisco do that is small, quick and provides you with the key expertise to guide your direction on unified fabric adoption and evolution?
Let me continue the theme of my previous blogs and show how Cisco Services can help you exploit these latest market-leading innovations. I’m going to focus on how Design Reviews with our data center experts, through our Cisco Data Center Optimization Service (discussed previously here), could really take the pressure off you and your team and deliver real business benefits at the same time.
This is a day-long seminar inviting customers and potential customers to find out about and discuss the technical specifics, capabilities, and applications of Cisco’s entire switching portfolio. The seminars are being held all over the US from the end of October and through the beginning of December. Here’s a little video I put together from the day and some notes on interesting things I saw. [Sorry for the shaky video!]
With this week’s announcement, Cisco continues its innovation and leadership by bringing unmatched architectural flexibility and revolutionary scale to meet diverse requirements of massively scalable data centers, big data environments, cloud-based architectures or bare-metal deployments – with one evolutionary network: Unified Fabric.
To drive the point home, the real economics of networking reveal that for many organizations approximately 70% of network TCO is incurred after the initial equipment purchase. So why is this important?