So, I am an auto enthusiast--I like me some fast cars with big engines--and regular readers of my blogs (thank you, by the way) know that an auto analogy sneaks in every now and then--largely because cars are usually something everyone can relate to.
The funny thing about the reviews in car magazines is that they tend to highlight statistics that are interesting, but also largely irrelevant. I mean 0-60 times and top speed make for interesting reading, but aren’t particularly germane to understanding what a car is really like to live with, unless you happen to live on a race track. Track testing certainly has its place: I am interested in a car’s 60-0 time because braking is something I will do often and its good to understand relative braking performance between cars, but in the end, I am more likely to spend time on a site like Edmunds.com where I can learn about real-world experiences from actual car owners.
Which brings us to the brave world of testing network equipment….
Manjula, who leverages in this new position her 20 years industry background in business strategy consulting and operations of large scale IT applications, is well known at Cisco for her leading role in the Software Busines Group. She ran previously the Customer Business Transformation organization within the Voice Technology Group. Before joining Cisco, Manjula used to work for HP in the US, South East Asia, and Europe . Her success is related to two of her key strengths :The ability to drive innovation and change management on one hand , to synthesize and communicate complex ideas in simpler terms on the other hand.
As Manjula will be part of a VCE panel, organized in Barcelona on Tuesday January 26, with EMC Dennis Hoffman and VMware Hatem Naguib, I met her briefly to have some insights on the Virtual computing Environment coalition, and its joint offering called “the Vblock infrastructure packages”. I asked her also to give me some clarification on the role of the Cisco EMC joint venture Acadia, as well as the support provided by system integrators and channel partners to what she described as an “integrated system approach “ in the journey to the private cloud . Here is the first part of the interview
Stay tuned for the second part of the video on Friday
There is an upcoming BrightTALK summit around the virtualized data center. The BrightTALK folks have pulled together a solid line up that will be held live on Thursday, January 21, 2010, or a on-demand afterwards:
Based in Europe? Eager to make a difference in your job ? Barcelona Networkers at Cisco Live 2010 (January 25-28 2010) is your once a year opportunity to sharpen your skills and grow your knowledge in your own backyard. Through the theme knowledge is power; we will endeavor to equip you and your organization with the technical knowledge required to stay competitive in today’s challenging economy. We believe you’ll benefit from attending this event whatever your technology interest, application environment, company size, or industry focus
With the introduction of new lines of products such as the Nexus Data Center Switching, and the Unified Computing Systems, complementary solutions to the Storage Area Networks and the Application Acceleration Solutions, we have clearly demonstrated over the past two years our determination and ability to significantly improve the efficiency of the data centers
Here are some recommendations to make the best out of your stay in Barcelona.
The Data Center of the Future (DCoF) initiative presented last summer at Cisco Live San Francisco, and supported by numerous industry leaders including APC,EMC, Intel, NetApp,Oracle, Panduit, VMware will be at the heart of our Data Center activities in Barcelona- The DCoF demo was by far the most successful demo at Cisco Live in San Francisco grabbing a lot of attention and interest from the attendees – So it’s a must see demo!
Power sessions, VCE panels, partners and technical sessions( check in the catalog for TECDCT-2001 Data Center Design Power Session & TECVIR-2002 Virtualizing Server and Storage in a Data Center)will be also great opportunities to learn more about the vision , the architectures and the solutions provided by Cisco and partners (APC, EMC, Intel, NetApp, Oracle, Panduit, VMware)
To facilitate your visit here is a series of additional sessions, selected by our DC experts you may want to consider
BRKAPP-2002 Server Load Balancing Design BRKAPP-2005 Deploying Cisco Wide Area Application Services (WAAS) BRKAPP-2020 ACE Deployment in an Application Environment BRKAPP-2021 Deploying and Troubleshooting Web Cache Communication Protocol (WCCP) for WAN Acceleration, Security and Content Delivery BRKAPP-3003 Troubleshooting the Cisco Application Control Engine BRKAPP-3006 Troubleshooting Cisco Wide Area Application Services BRKCOM-2016 Deploying business Critical Applications on Branch Office Routers BRKCOM-1007 The Unified Computing System -- a Technical Overview BRKCOM-2986 Unified Data Center Architecture: Integrating of Unified Computing System Technology BRKDCT-2002 Next Generation Datacenter Networks BRKDCT-1927 Bridging in the Data Center, with or without Spanning Tree BRKDCT-2840 Data Center Networking: Taking Risk Away from Layer 2 Interconnects BRKDCT-2961 Evolution of Hierarchical Network Design for the Data Center BRKDCT-2981 L2MP overview: going beyond the spanning tree protocol BRKDCT-2987 Data Center Disaster Recovery and Business Continuance BRKDCT-2001 Next Generation LAN extensions BRKSAN-2983 Storage and the Unified Fabric BRKSAN-3001 Advanced SAN Services and Troubeshooting BRKVIR-1001 What is Virtualization all about? BRKVIR-2002 Deploying Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) BRKVIR-2931 End-to-End Data Center Virtualization BRKVIR-2985 Designs: A Virtual Network Using the Cisco Nexus 1000V Series Switch
No regret! If you have not done that, it’s still possible to register to the Barcelona conference here – If you need help to convince your line of manager, please listen to some of your peers (see below)
Data centers have received a steady stream of technological updates in recent years, leading to faster, cheaper, and more automated operations.I think of these changes like a ladder, from the conventional data center of five or ten years ago, up to cloud computing today.
From the bottom rung of the ladder up, there have been advantages for data centers taking each step: