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The Winchester House and the Strategic Imperative for Architectural-led IT Evolution and Transformation – Part 1

September 7, 2011 at 3:01 am PST

What has the Winchester house in San Jose, California – a massive mansion, reputedly haunted (!), which has 65 doors to blank walls, 13 abandoned staircases, 24 skylights into floors, was 38 years in construction, and cost $71 million  -  got to do with your IT architecture, with how your network, data center and video architectural evolution should be considered?

The Winchester House - San Jose, California

If you’ve read my previous blogs, you’ll know that I’m focused on evolving our portfolio of data center, unified computing and cloud enablement services. Recently I’ve been working on evolving our approach to customer architectural workshops and services, where we help customers take an architectural-led approach to not only data center transformation, but also across their entire IT architecture. And the architectural challenges of the Winchester house reminded me of the point-product approaches that many of our competitors promote, that ultimately in most cases lead to long term IT architecture challenges for their customers.

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Conversations about Cloud – “What is Self-Service IT?”

Every once in a while (here, here), I have the same conversation enough times with customers that I find it useful to bring it to the blog community. Last week at VMworld 2011, I had the opportunity to spend quite a bit of time speaking with customers and partners about Intelligent Automation and what it means for IT to deliver self-service capabilities to their customers (internal, contractors, etc.). During the conversations, a number of questions came up over and over again: Read More »

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Build Clouds, Be Awesome, Win Prizes!!

We know you’re interested in Cloud Computing because the “Data Center / Cloud” blog is one of the most popular here at Cisco.

We know you’re building efficient, scalable, automated Cloud Computing environments because we’ve seen the market-share growth in our Nexus and UCS product portfolios.

So why not bring together two things that you’re already passionate about for the opportunity for fame, fortune and a great opportunity to interact with more Data Center professionals looking to improve their skills, knowledge and ultimately their businesses? If you’re interested and have some unique ideass, go check out the “Conquering the Cloud” Challenge from the Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA). The ODCA is a consortium of the largest companies in the world focused on building better Data Centers, so you know the competition is going to generate some exciting ideas.  Read More »

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VMworld 2011 – Soni Jiandani Sums Up Cisco Innovations

Before going on to an interview on SiliconAngle.tv and speaking at a Super Session on “How Cisco and VMware Collaborate to Build the Cloud”, Soni Jiandani gave me a couple of minutes to sum up the Cisco innovations announced and on display at VMworld 2011.

Some things Soni mentions:
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A great week for VXI @ VMworld Las Vegas

So VMworld Las Vegas is now in the rear-view mirror, and VMworld Copenhagen looms in the distance.  Were you there?  Did you get a chance to check out our VXI demo?  If your calendar was packed, but missed the VXI breakout session on Monday, I’d encourage you to check out the online replay of #SPO3989 (Cisco VXI: Optimized Infrastructure for Scaling View Desktops) once it’s available.  We also had some important announcements speaking to our joint innovation with VMware, captured here. Read More »

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