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Data Center 3.0 and Building Cathedrals

September 23, 2009 at 12:00 pm PST

St Paul's Cathedral

One of my favorite stories is one attributed to Christopher Wren, the architect behind St Paul’s Cathedral. The short version of the story is that Wren was visiting the worksite for  St. Paul’s Cathedral.  He came across a bricklayer diligently working away and asked him what he was doing and he replied he was laying bricks.  A little bit later, he came across a second bricklayer and asked him what he was doing, and he replied that he was making a living.  Finally, he came across a third bricklayer and asked him what he was doing and replied, with a gleam in his eye, that we was building a great cathedral.

 

So, what does this have to do with data center? Well, I think our market has a lot of folks that are in bricklayer mode--they are happily simply supplying and laying bricks and quite proud of that--they don’t care what you build as long you build it with their bricks.  Because of the increased attention and spend that data center is seeing, we are now seeing an influx of folks who are here to make a living.  They might never have touched a brick before, but this is where the money is so this is where they are--maybe they will be here tomorrow and maybe not.

 

But if you look at IT companies today that are talking about building cathedrals--that have a fresh, defined vision and a blueprint behind it--the list is depressingly short.  I can only think of a handful of companies that have an interesting and innovative view of the future and the ability to get there.

 

 

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Cisco will be at Oracle Open World . Guess why?

September 23, 2009 at 12:00 pm PST

There is a lot of excitement these days with Cisco decision of being a Platinum sponsor of Oracle OpenWorld 2009 October 11–15, at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California.

Cisco and Oracle have been for a long time partners and industry pioneers, bringing innovation to data center environments to improve productivity, increase service agility, and lower total cost of ownership.

So far Cisco Data Center Network solutions, including the Application Networking Services (ANS), have been delivering  great platform for your Oracle infrastructure.
With the launch of the Unified Computing Systems this year, actively supported by Oracle, Cisco is providing a new level of services and systems  to the Oracle applications  users and administrators , that we describe as Fast, Simple and Proven .

So if you plan to be at Oracle Open World 2009, we invite you to attend our speaking sessions and visit Cisco  booth (#2301 ) to get the latest news from our experts  about Oracle validations and benchmarking results.  Here are some details of what you can expect

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Getting to Unified I/O: It can’t be that easy ! Ask Cisco

September 22, 2009 at 12:00 pm PST

Cisco Bob Nusbaum shared with me recently some of the questions raised by our customers at VMworld. Bob is a very savvy engineer at Cisco and it’s always very useful and insightful to listen to him, but ..also enjoyable,as he is very realistic  and a great story teller. It can’t be that easy! 

 

Here is the detailed view of the demo that Bob talks about

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Data Center Newsletter: Branch IT Consolidation: Why and How

For more of the latest content from the Data Center teams, please check out the full version of the Data Center Newsletter.

By Mark Weiner, Data Center Solutions Marketing

Enterprises and public sector organizations alike continue to distribute their workers into branch offices. The reasons include real estate savings, flexibility to hire geographically, and better interaction with customers and partners. While the business advantages are clear, so are related IT challenges, including increased operating costs and complex management of servers and storage distributed across multiple sites…

 

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Build it Right the First Time

We’ve recently embarked on an logical extension of the Advanced Services we’ve been providing for efficiency assessments for the last 24 months.  Our Facilities Design Specification Service is uncovering some interesting new approaches to energy efficient data center design.  Since you only get a very finite window of opportunity to make changes to an environment like a data center, modeling is key.

We use 6sigma from Future Facilities for highly detailed thermal modeling and good old Visio for everything else.  However, we are using with great success an intermediary application, Google SketchUp. Hats off and many thanks to the Google crew for giving this incredibly powerful yet simple tool away.  While we do use the pro version, most of our customers can use the free version to simply convey design intent.  Say goodbye to whiteboards.

You may have already used it and most likely have seen the 3D buildings in Google Earth.

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