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Cisco Nexus 1000V In Depth

June 17, 2009 at 12:00 pm PST

Here is an updated video (in two parts) in which Pierre, one of our TMEs takes you through an in-depth tour of the Cisco Nexus 1000V including config, port profiles and VMotion in action. If these entice you to want to play, head on over to cisco.com/go/1000veval for fully functioning eval copy (free CCO reg required, eval is good for 60 days and 16 CPUs).NOTE: The videos are in HD so you can see screen detail in vCenter and the Nexus 1000V console etc, so you’ll get your best viewing experience by clicking through to our Cisco DC Facebook page and watching full screen--also bring popcorn.

Cisco Unified Computing System Manager and Firmware Profiles

June 15, 2009 at 12:00 pm PST

I sat down with Brian Schwartz again last week to dig a bit deeper into the Unified Computing System Manager. There has been a lot of speculation recently that UCSM only worked for virtualized environments. Well, as you will see UCS Manager will happily do automated firmware provisioning for both bare metal and virtualized environment.As a reminder, the video is actually high def, so you may want to click through to our Facebook Page to get the larger image size and to be able to see detail on the screen.

Goings On With The Data Center Team

June 9, 2009 at 12:00 pm PST

imageSo, for me, one of the best parts of working here at Cisco is the opportunity to work with some incredibly smart folks. Today, I can add one more person to that group of folks--Christofer Hoff is joining the Cisco Data Center Solutions team. Chris has built a solid reputation in the industry for domain expertise, forward thinking and incisive commentary blended with a healthy dose of wit. I know Chris has the tenacity of a squirrel chasing an acorn, and I am personally quite pleased to welcome Chris to the team as I see he will add both depth and breadth to our efforts. So, if you are not familiar with Chris, definitely check out his blog, Rational Survivability and you can also follow him on Twitter as @Beaker.

Cloud Must Balance Innovation With Operational Excellence

One of Cisco’s internal mantras of late is the need to balance innovation with operational excellence. Our corporate CTO, Padmasree Warrior, laid out this argument as a part of a recent series predicting the future of collaboration. Essentially, a critical organizational debate is changing focus from “what takes precedence--innovation OR operational excellence” to “how do we balance the two?” Coming from the Silicon Valley, with its history of “fresh out of college” entrepreneurship and collapsing bubbles, this is a much needed discussion.

It occurs to me, though, that this is a question that the entire cloud computing market should consider.

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The Cloud Conversation is Changing

I was privileged to be a part of the Enterprise Cloud Summit that took place at the beginning of Interop in Las Vegas a few weeks ago. The program was excellent, with an all-star list of cloud computing experts and a surprisingly large number of attendees who were new to cloud computing and trying to get a sense of what it was all about.

What was different from prior cloud-related conferences, however, at least for me, were the types of questions this inquisitive audience was asking. Almost nobody asked around defining cloud computing, but many took advantage of the show to ask panelists and speakers to describe how they could put the cloud to use in their own businesses.

The cloud conversation is moving from “what is it?” to “how would I use it for my business or institution?”

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