I was forwarded this article in the NY Times today… It is a rather interesting perspective on Cisco’s growth in Unified Communications and Collaboration software/infrastrucutre. What I like though is how the NY Times takes for granted that Cisco is already in the data center. I laugh a little bit because I thought my job here was to help get us into and make us more relevant in the data center! If I believed the title I would have to assume victory and move onto some other role.However, I don’t see it that way.Today we are in the network infrastructure. We have a good hold, but not where I’d like to see it in the application delivery space -- where the network intersects the business and productivity applications. Storage market is shifting and changing a lot, we have room to grow there. And with key announcements like our VN-Link technologies the network is going where it ahs never gone before. We still ahve a long road to hoe. But I appreciate the sentiments! Especially the Madonna comparison… not sure how I’d look in Gaultier, not sure I will ever try it either…dg
After last week in VMworld, I am convinced that we will see broader adoption of a unified fabric in the server access layer sooner than later. For starters, the technologies that were introduced earlier this year are emerging from the certification cycle which is significantly increases the comfort level for customers. For example, Emulex, Intel, and QLogic adaptors have been added to the VMware ESX Hardware Compatibility List and EMC is expected certify FCoE solutions within the next few weeks. Read More »
Rich Miller made a point I wanted to echo in a recent post:”Maritz and the VMware organization has proven their ability to retake some thought leadership and generate momentum.”Heading into VMworld, there were certainly some questions hanging out there with the changes in leadership and other competitive pressures. However, Paul and his team did an outstanding job re-casting the conversation and sending several thousand re-charged evangelists back out into the industry.
What a hectic but fun week at VMworld. The show finally ended yesterday, they were turning out the lights and ripping up the carpet and we still had folks lined up for Nexus 1000V demos--gotta love that.So, beyond the buzz around VN-Link and the Nexus 1000V, we had significant traffic to a number of the demo pods:Considering the audience, its not surprising that there was a lot of interest in the joint development work we have been doing with VMware to accelerate VDI traffic. The net results is a 60-70% increase in performance. You can get more details here.One of the things that will have some interesting implications down the road is making NX-OS our single data center operating system. We now have single OS that spans switching (Nexus 5K/7K), storage (MDS) and servers (Nexus 1000V). As noted in an earlier post, NX-OS 4.1 was part of our Best of Show award for New Technology.Finally, there was significant interest in the unified fabric/FCoE pod. So, we now have the Emulex, Intel and QLogic adaptors on the ESX HCL, was have FCoE support in ESX 3.5-U2, and we expect EMC certification in October. The interesting thing was a shift in the questions we were getting from”what” and”why?” (which is what we have been getting) to”how”, so it seems like folks are starting to get comfortable with the concept and starting to understand the benefits.Somewhere out there, there is a slot machine with my name on it, so, signing-off for now…
Quick update--the Cisco Nexus 1000V, VN-Link, and NX-OS 4.1 just won “Best of Show” for Best New Technology at VMworld 2008. Details here.