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UNS Fundamentals from TechWise TV

October 4, 2011 at 5:38 pm PST

Unified Network Services (UNS) is one of the three architectural pillars of Cisco’s Data Center Fabric, along with Unified Fabric and Unified Computing Services (UCS). UNS represents our portfolio of Layer 4-7 application services, including security, WAN optimization, application controllers, network monitoring and orchestration.  This TechWise TV episode is a great overview to the vision behind UNS and the benefits of pulling this all together, especially for virualized and cloud environments.

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Oracle OpenWorld: Observations from the Floor

October 4, 2011 at 2:16 pm PST

Though Oracle OpenWorld 2011 opened with a bang on Sunday night, and I, like many, enjoyed both the keynote and the metakeynote (aka, Twitterstream, see Intel’s Pauline Vist’s fantastic take on the keynote), Monday was when the conversations really started. High-level observations: wow, that’s a lot of people, especially in line for coffee. Average Starbuck’s wait time: 20 minutes. How this makes the average OOW attendee feel:

OOW Attendee Before Coffee

OOW Attendee Before Coffee

Post-caffeine drip, and with the day’s sessions underway, there was a lot of buzz around Big Data, amplified by the relative silence of the Cloud. Nature of this show or trend? We shall see. Perhaps it’s a post-Cloud world, on to the next thing?

In the Cisco booth, lots of interest in the Cius demo, with lively discussion around the distinctions between tablet solutions and the need for an enterprise-class tablet. The Cius demo highlights the simplicity of collaboration across devices (VXI!): virtual doesn’t mean decreased performance.

Cius Docked

Cius Docked

Cisco’s strong partnerships with our technology partners are on full display here at OOW11. Here’s the UCS featured in the Intel booth (complete with fabulous Intel lighting):

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Complete the Cloud Journey – Handing the Keys to the Users

Every year, the IT industry makes some bold claims about “This is the Year of < insert technology>”. Buzz, hype, conferences, webinars and whitepapers ensue!! Sometimes they come true and sometimes they fall short of expectations. But once all the smoke clears, IT organizations tend to dust themselves off and ask, “So what actually works and what can I use TODAY?”

Amidst all the Cloud Computing technology hype that has been happening over the past couple years, Cisco’s IT organization was faced with a very real (and very common) business challenge -- how to deliver Better IT, Faster IT and More Flexible IT? All of those challenges were faced against the background of exponentially growing user-demands and almost no IT budget growth. Then throw in all those nagging side challenges of securing information, regulatory compliance, and facilities that were running out of space.

Do these problems sound familiar? We suspect that many IT organizations are reaching similar levels of stress from their business and are looking for answers.

If you’re interested in learning how Cisco is solving this problem internally, we highly recommend that you attend this webinar, hosted by Cisco IT. Ken Schroeder (Data Center Architect) will explain how Cisco evolved from a fragmented IT organization to one that is now able to deliver greater empowerment and flexibility back to the business.

Register and Attendent the Webinar: http://www.brighttalk.com/r/Vlv

Date: October 11, 2pm EST (11am PST)

Title: CITEIS – A Cisco on Cisco Private Cloud Case Study

Speaker: Ken Schroeder, Cisco IT

Background (overview):

Abstract: Join us to learn about Cisco’s CITEIS – Cisco IT Elastic Infrastructure Services – project. Find out firsthand how Cisco deployed an agile, cost effective, flexible and secure private cloud using Cisco Intelligent Automation, Cisco UCS, and VMware technologies. Gain insights from Cisco IT for the planning and development of your own private cloud.

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Intel and Cisco partner to offer servers platforms that are ideal to run Oracle applications -Part 2

October 4, 2011 at 3:30 am PST

Lot of people, lot of activities, lot of parties , lot of data, lot of announcements  and lot of clouds !  - That’s Oracle OpenWorld 2011 here in San Francisco  ! We have been pretty busy today , with a great flow of visitors on our booth (#721) and a series of well attended theater presentations and speaking sessions.

Today , Amy [ who predicted last week the “chance of clouds ” ] and I (no I don’t sing ), met Intel  General manager for Critical Servers , Pauline Nist, (@panist ) for a short interview on camera .
Yes again a blog about the great partnership with Intel ( Please Intel Sandhya Gorman interview in part I )!

I personally really like the lively comments of Pauline -- Check out!

So two suggestions for your Tuesday schedule at Oracle OpenWorld

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Others make promises. We deliver.

It is great when the chief sales guy feels pretty good about the innovation a company delivers enough to blog about it. It gets even better when customers feel good about the innovation and value that a company like Cisco brings, to get up in front of the camera and share the benefits they are deriving.

Such customer confidence comes from trust. In the case of Cisco, we have earned this trust over decades, providing our customers not just with the best networking technology but by providing the right support model, the lowest TCO  and simply the best investment protection in the industry.

This has been borne out many times even as we’ve led numerous industry transitions - from enabling the ubiquity of Ethernet and IP; driving the voice, video and data inflection points, and the more recent trends around data center, virtualization and cloud.

Speaking of inflection points - over the past three years - we are leading perhaps the biggest networking transition in history, as we introduce the Nexus switching and NX-OS platforms into the data center and make it a foundational element for fabric-based infrastructure. In just over three years, we have over 19,000 NX-OS based customers with a sustained #1 market leadership across a variety of categories including revenue and port share. As the chart below depicts, we’re nearly 3X the 10GbE revenue of all our competitors combined! The 10GbE port shipments are equally strong compared to the rest of the industry.

Needless to say, all this has made the job for our competition much harder; to keep up with Cisco’s pace of innovation  has not been an easy task.

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