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Cisco Live, VXI, and the New Convergence

As if desktop virtualization wasn’t complicated enough… let’s throw unified communications in there, and really roll the dice (sticking with the Vegas theme) with getting your small pilot/PoC off the ground.  Right?  Well traditionally, yes, but we’ve actually seen this movie before – one that tells a very similar story of convergence at the desktop that resulted in a major transformation in how enterprises leverage the intelligence in the network to bring two previously disparate worlds together (this reads better with the voice-over guy they use in Hollywood trailers). Read More »

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Short note on Cisco – VMware joint solutions demos at Cisco Live

At Cisco Live earlier today, I had opportunity to talk with my very good friend Sean Gilbert (VMware’s Global Technical Alliance Manager for Cisco) about all the cool stuff that VMware is showcasing in their booth at Cisco Live. I was particularly interested in the demos and Cisco specific integration that will help our joint customers accelerate journey to private and hybrid clouds.

I was impressed with what I heard and thought it would be nice to share the highlights of the conversation I had with Sean. Here it is…should not be more than 5 minutes read :)

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Cisco Live, VXI, and the Challenge of Monday 8:55am

So here we are, Monday at Cisco Live…  Most likely you cut your weekend short to get here on time, or… you fought some insane TSA line-ups and a full-body x-ray scan this morning to squeeze onto an oversold flight.  Regardless, you’re hopefully reading this from the comfort of a quiet, convenient spot you’ve staked out in the Mandalay Bay with a vodka-tonic within arms-reach (well maybe not). Read More »

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DCI – Virtualized Workload Mobility

We’re at Cisco Live 2011, Las Vegas and have released two Design Considerations documents around Virtual Workload Mobility over the Data Center Interconnect (DCI).

Here’s a little background..  The DCI system has four main components that leverage existing products and technologies and is modular in design, allowing for DCI system to support new and evolving use cases. For the Virtualized Workload Mobility use case, the solution components are shown below.

The Design Considerations documents go over contraints, concerns, items to consider when developing your system.

After the jump you’ll learn a little more about the solutions components, high-level, with direct links to the Design Considerations documents themselves…

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Cisco Live 2011 : VCE will deliver !

Today VCE Aaron Delp join us to talk about VCE participation to Cisco Live – Fruit of the close collaboration between VMware, Cisco and EMC, VCE has been instrumental over the past year  in helping a growing number of IT organizations  to migrate to virtualization and cloud through an integrated approach .

Aaron is currently working as a Senior Manager in the Solutions and Enablement organization at VCE.  In his current role, he leads a team to develop and optimize VCE Solutions on the Vblock platform.  Aaron has over 15 years of experience in the Technology industry and currently specializes in converged infrastructures and private cloud architectures.Before joining VCE, Aaron was a Data Center Practice Lead for a leading Cisco reseller, ePlus Technology and was also employed by IBM for 10 years supporting customers, business partners, and distributors.Aaron is currently a VMware vExpert and VCP in addition to a number of storage industry certifications.  He holds a B.S. degree in Computer Science from Clemson University.

“It’s that time of the year, conferences, conferences, conferences…  Right now VCE is geared up for Cisco Live! 2011. Here are some highlights of the things we’re excited to be showcasing:

  • Kunjal Trivedi, Director of SP Solutions will be delivering Technical Breakout Session (BRKPCS-1183) on 7/13 @ 4pm – “What Enterprises Should Seek in a Trusted SP Outsource Partner: The Benefits of Vblock Infrastructure Platforms and Cisco’s Unified Service Delivery Framework”
  • In the VCE Booth (#1571) we’ll have lots of experts ready to speak with you about:
    • Solutions Optimized for Vblock – VCE has taken the time to document many popular solutions for optimal configuration in a Vblock environment.  Today we offer VMware VDI, Microsoft Exchange, SAP, Trusted Multi-Tenancy, and soon to be released Cisco UC and Cisco HCS on Vblock.  More information on each of the solutions, including many others, can be found in this excellent article by Jeramiah Dooley.