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Cisco at EMC World : It’s All about Partnership!

A quick report from EMC World 2012 in Las Vegas
Pretty busy day this Tuesday with  a lot of topics covered by Cisco experts and partners

Desktop virtualization
Interesting conversation between EMC Josh Mello (@joshmello), Presidio Steve Kaplan (@ROIdude), and Cisco Ravi Balakrishnan  who addressed major questions in this panel such as common barriers for adoption, architectural innovations and value proposition brought by each company

More about VDI from Steve Kaplan here , and  from Cisco with Tony Paikeday and Jonathan Gilad



This Tuesday was also the opportunity to meet Nexus Colin McNamara (@colinmcnamara) and EMC Damian Karlson(@sixfootdad) to talk about VSPEX awareness and potential.

Stay tuned for  a video blog  in the following days

Meanwhile you may want to check this to-the point blog from Colin  VSPEX EMC’s Flexible Reference Architecture  Explained

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Migrate Oracle’s Siebel CRM to Cisco UCS

In my last blog I mentioned that we are rolling out a set of application specific migration and deployment guides that detail how to transition from a proprietary RISC/UNIX platform to the Cisco Unified Computing System.  Our newest guide reviews the migration of Oracle’s Siebel Customer Relationship Management (CRM) applications from a SPARC/Solaris platform to Cisco UCS with Red Hat Enterprise Linux. All of the guides capture the key drivers behind the migration effort as well as the migration methodology, approach, best practices, and results. The Siebel CRM migration to Cisco UCS delivered dramatic performance improvements with fewer servers and lower total cost of ownership. Click here to go directly to the Oracle Siebel Migration Guide and see figure 13 and 14 for a summary of the performance results. Read More »

What makes Cisco’s Intelligent Automation so Intelligent?

This is a must read for those who want to deeply understand the philosophy behind Cisco’s automation product portfolio

It should not be news to you that Cisco has invested in software products to drive the management and automation of clouds, datacenters, and applications.  Intelligent Automation is the name that we have for the management and orchestration solutions in the Intelligent Automation Solutions Business Unit in Cisco’s Cloud and Systems Management Technology Group.

What is so intelligent about Cisco’s automation products?  Besides the official marketing and product management answers, I polled our Business Unit and Advanced Services teams and got the following responses (which I distilled a bit).  Oh and by the way, one constraint was that we cannot use Intelligent in the definition of Intelligent Automation (harder than you might think).

The top winners for the best contributions are:  Oleg Danilov (Solution Architect), Mynul Hoda (Technical Leader), Peter Charpentier (Solution Architect), Frank Contrepois (Network Consulting Engineer) and Devendran Rethinavelu (QA Engineer).

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Cloud Developers, do you Speak Cloud?

My family and I have been going to Mexico on vacation for the past twelve years, pretty much every other year we spend a week in Cancun or somewhere on the Mayan Riviera. Every time we book our trip I plan to buy a Spanish language learning course and be prepared when I get there, but never do and I’m never prepared. Not that you need to know Spanish, there’s plenty of English spoken, I just want to be better at communicating.

I’ve often thought, wouldn’t it be great if everyone spoke the same language, and then communicating would be very easy. However my children and I speak the same language, my wife and I speak the same language yet we sometimes have difficulty understanding one another. Then it comes down to nuance and semantics and properly parsing what has been communicated. What I really need is a Rosetta Stone of sorts, one that shows me what my children say and what it actually means. Even better would be one that shows the translation for what a spouse says and what is actually meant.

From a programming perspective I have often been asked “What language should I know?”, “What is the best fit?”, “What do you use?” I always answer in the same completely unambiguous way… “It depends.” Then I ask my questions. What is the programming language that your IT staff knows the best? Is that a language that has a good level of support? What OS are you comfortable on? What format is your data in? Do you already have standards that you need to adhere to? Etc…

After I pepper them with so many of my own questions and they are dizzy from the interrogation, I give them my one unambiguous answer, the language of the Cloud is XML and the Rosetta Stone of the Cloud is XSLT with XPATH.
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Cisco at EMC World : Transformational Data Center Architecture

After several days  at SAPPHIRE 2012 in Orlando, Florida , where I got to attend amongst many other activities an interesting dialog between EMC Doc d’Errico  and Cisco VP Server Access and Virtualization BU Satinder Sethi (stay tuned video coming very soon) , I am back on the show floor this time in Las Vegas for EMC World.

In case you still don’t know (really?) , Cisco and EMC have a very close partnership on many fronts , as one of our very active blogger and speaker Jay Metz was highlighting yesterday in carrying proudly  this nice Infographics.

Obviously one of the main topic on the booth was Cisco UCS , whether as a stand alone platform, or integrated in a stack like Vblock, the solution provided jointly by Cisco , EMC and VMware under the brand VCE (check VCE Tom Chatham blog on EANTC Cloud Mega Test )

Recently Cisco and EMC deepened this partnership

“Cisco and EMC have a long history of partnering together for the benefit of our mutual customers, from storage solutions to the original Vblock to VSPEX.  For those of you who missed the announcement, VSPEX is a reference design program to help guide customers as they build out their next generation of infrastructure.  With our own success with the Cisco Validated Design program, we know this is an effective tool for customers as they look for trusted resources to guide infrastructure investment decisions. “wrote Omar Sultan in his blog  “VSPEX: our Continuing Exploits with EMC” 

So we invited today on the booth EMC Director and blogger Brian Gracely , our friend, blogger and reseller from Varrow  Jason Nash and Cisco Virtualization Architect Ron Valente to share with us the excitement of this first day .

In this short video, our 3 experts talk about “easy to use and manage “. Interesting enough, I was also attending yesterday  a Webex session about users based on a very large panel of Cisco customers . According to this survey, one of the major interests for our customers to visit high tech website such as Cisco, is to find information about how the systems are  “easy to use, configure, and manage”.

If you are in Las Vegas today, I’d like to make some suggestions for this second day at EMC World

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