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Cisco Live London 2011 – Wednesday February 2nd

February 2, 2011 at 5:46 pm PST

A lot of activities today at Cisco Live London 2011 with probably more than 5000 participants. In the World of Solutions, the Cisco Data Center of the Future was packed with a constant flow of visitors.

On my side, after Computacenter and Logicalis yesterday , I got to meet another interesting UCS partner NextiraOne. I plan to post very soon the video interviews made with these partners -- Stay tuned

The end of the day was the perfect  time to have another Daily Techminute with this time the participation of Mark Musselman from BMC, and Simon Seagrave from EMC , who joined Lisa Caywood to discuss the growing interest for Unified Computing and an integrated solution such as Vblock

I met also John Manville, SVP Data Center and Network  for Cisco IT, who shared with me the major points he will discuss tomorrow in his speaking session -- Obviously Cisco IT is deploying very interesting solutions to move VMs between data centers, and I deeply encourage you to attend this session if you are in London
If not, please visit the Cisco Live Virtual website -- I will have also very soon the 3mn video interview made today with John Manville and NetApp.

Please check here the streaming videos from Cisco Live

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Sunny day at Cisco Live London 2011

February 1, 2011 at 5:22 pm PST

Cisco Live Europe is back , in Excel London this year, under a sunny day . And the Cisco Data Center team, working diligently with partners such as  APC, BMC, Citrix, Commscope, EMC, Intel, NetApp, Panduit, Rittal, VCE built a 2 rows Data Center of the Future demonstration, which showcases  Cisco data center and partners solutions and products : Unified computing – Unified Fabric Secure Multi-Tenancy – Unified Network Services – DC Switching (Access, Core, Aggregation)

In addition of the Data Center of the Future, our visitors have the opportunity  to visit 14 demo kiosks covering solutions (see below)

Tonight I invited for a Daily Blogger Techminute in London 3 great bloggers  : Cisco Lisa Caywood, NetApp Tim Waldron, and CA Technologies Steven Guthrie- Please check this video, where each of them share some highlights of the day.

Cisco CEO and Chairman John Chambers key note was the highlight of the day  - John Chambers was just coming back from theWorld Economic Forum where he met leaders such as the UK prime minister, and shared their growing  interest for the solutions that Cisco and the other technology leaders have to offer to develop at an increasing rate the economy and the productivity of the countries. In his speech, as he did in Davos, John Chambers reaffirmed that “ The network changes the way citizens work, live , play and learn, transforming competitiveness through innovation and productivity”
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Securing Virtual Desktops

Virtual desktops are by definition, more secure than traditional desktops or laptops, right?  Read More »

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Cisco IA at SAP TechED

In October 2010, Cisco Systems attended SAP’s premiere technology showcase, SAP TechED, in Berlin and Las Vegas.  Cisco joined the 15,000 people who attend annually to develop their practical skills through SAP’s hands-on workshops and demo-enhanced lectures.  In our booth, we were able to highlight the technology alliance between Cisco and SAP which address multiple solutions including governance and risk, service-oriented architecture (SOA), unified computing, and application networking.

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The Critical Role of the Network in Supporting Cloud-Based Solutions

Cloud Services
The Cloud-based service model offers the Enterprise access to a rich range of services and applications without the overhead of having to deploy and manage the underlying infrastructure. This results in much lower costs for access to services and applications. This is especially true for one time or periodic workloads where resources may sit idle for months until required. As a result Enterprises are increasingly embracing cloud services and benefiting from on-demand availability.

Delivery Models
Demand for cloud services is being met in a number of ways. Independent software vendors offer services from their data center over the Internet, such as Salesforce.com’s CRM application. Some ISVs leverage an IaaS provider such as Amazon to host their application on the Internet such as Adobe’s LiveCycle Enterprise Suite. However, since these approaches rely on the Internet it is not possible to provide end-to-end quality of service (QoS), so neither approach supports providing an SLA for network performance. This is increasingly a concern for Enterprise customers.

The Need for SLA’s
The need for SLA’s for cloud services opens up an opportunity for communications service providers (CSPs) to offer a wide range of network centric solutions that are supported by an SLA. CSPs are in a unique position to offer these solutions because, unlike the Internet, the Next Generation Networks (NGNs) that CSPs have deployed, based on IP and MPLS, are capable of providing contracted levels of availability, delay, jitter and packet loss. As a result CSPs can provide cloud-based solutions with SLAs by providing these solutions to customers from their own data center and over their NGN.

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