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From Bastille Day to Virtualization &Unified Computing

July 14, 2009 at 12:00 pm PST

image Prise de la Bastille, by Jean-Pierre-Louis-Laurent Houel”On 5 May 1789, (the King) Louis XVI convened the Estates-General to hear their grievances. The deputies of the Third Estate representing the common people (the two others were the Church and nobility) decided to break away and form a National Assembly. On 20 June the deputies of the Third Estate took the Tennis Court Oath, swearing not to separate until a constitution had been established. They were gradually joined by delegates of the other estates; Louis started to recognize their validity on 27 June. The assembly re-named itself the National Constituent Assembly on 9 July, and began to function as a legislature and to draft a constitution. The people of Paris, fearful that they and their representatives would be attacked by the royal military, and seeking to gain ammunition and gunpowder for the general populace, stormed the Bastille (on July 14th) , a fortress-prison in Paris which had often held people jailed on the basis of lettres de cachet, arbitrary royal indictments that could not be appealed.The storming of the Bastille was more important as a rallying point and symbolic act of rebellion than a practical act of defiance. “(source :Wikepedia)Revolutions happened and happen in all areas of our world -- Some of them are violent -- Lot of them are soft -But all of them are disruptive and bring new hopes. They create a new dynamic where more creativity and more freedom can emerge. Virtualization and Unified Computing are certainly part of these disruptive models Read More »

WAN Optimization and Application Acceleration Case Study – Manufacturing Company Lafarge

Why will a router-integrated WAN optimization and application acceleration solution give you better ROI results and ease of integration? Here’s a practical example from the world’s largest construction materials company -- Lafarge. But don’t just take my words, see what Lafarge’s enterprise IT Architect has to say:
“Cisco WAN optimization solution -- Cisco WAAS is saving us over [US]$250,000 per year in operating expenses by not having to support legacy email servers outside the data center and over [US]$420,000 in operating expenses through not supporting legacy file, print and directory services in the field,”
“Cisco WAN optimization is helping us save over [US]$100,000 in annual operating expenses by reducing helpdesk, change, and service tickets associated to legacy servers and storage footprints.”
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WAN Optimization ROI Study by Forrester Research

If you are a Fortune 2000-size organization, with 40 branch offices in North America and 10 branch offices in Europe and Asia. How much money can you save by deploying WAN optimization technologies? What kind of ROI should you expect?
If you’ve been searching for a quantitative answer, look no further. Here’s a detailed study on 9 organizations across the globe, conducted by top-tier industry analyst firm Forrester Research: 1 leading healthcare company with 120 facilities 1 engineering services company with $650M annual revenue 3 Fortune 1000 manufacturing companies 1 Fortune 1000 consumer products company 1 transportation company 1 international law firm 1 Federal credit union

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The New Collaboration Effect : Cisco , Verizon and You

July 10, 2009 at 12:00 pm PST

When Cisco talks about collaboration, Cisco talks about people connecting creating, and innovating .Together. That’s exactly what Cisco , Verizon and their customer are doing with Verizon Managed Optimization Service that uses Cisco WAAS In this short video, Steven Capozzi, Sr. Product Marketing Manager at Verizon who met at Cisco Live Michael Leonard, Cisco Data Center Solutions in charge of WAAS , explains how Verizon is deploying a Wide Area service for customers who are centralizing their applications to reduce IT costs but then seeing a drop in performance over the WAN. By optimizing the WAN with Cisco WAAS organizations get the application performance that they need and by going with a managed service from Verizon they benefit from their expertise in monitoring and tuning application performance while freeing up staff to focus on the core business.

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Intel and Cisco:Together to help reshaping the internet and the data center

July 8, 2009 at 12:00 pm PST

Kirk Skaugen, Vice President of the Digital Enterprise Group and general manager of the Server Platforms Group for Intel Corporation, was at cisco Live to highlight the partnership between Cisco and Intel. He met John Chambers, Cisco Chairman & CEO, at the Intel booth and presented to Cisco and John a XEON 5500 processor series wafer (code named Nehalem).Picture taken by Hank Lea, blogger at Intel imageThe same day Kirk Skaugen delivered an impressive presentation at the partner super session. After his speech, Harris Sussmann, Cisco Unified Computing Market Manager, asked him a couple of questions in a quick video interview Read More »