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:
One of the more fun aspects of working at Cisco is an oppty to see all the cool things our customers are working on. Every once in a while, our customers are kind enough to let us write about what they are up to, and such is the case with TASER International (of Taser fame). Taser has launched an a cloud-based service for law enforcement authorities called Evidence.com. The service is a virtual evidence warehouse, offering digital storage in a highly secure, easily accessible environment that allows law enforcement and legal professionals to quickly access key evidence, including video and audio data captured from an officer’s viewpoint. Even if you are not in law enforcement, its kinda cool to check out the website and see the technology in action.
As you can imagine, this kind of offering needs some significant back-end infrastructure in place, which is why they turned to Cisco. We helped them design a data center environment that would help them meet their stringent operations requirements and keep up with the scaling requirements. We were able to go from planning to a deployed system, based on Cisco UCS and Cisco Nexus, in 98 days with the help of the Cisco Advanced Services team. The deployed system saved Taser $900,000 in up front costs and they expect to save an additional $37,000 a year in reduced power and cooling costs.
Before we dig into this, let me say up front, I am looking for a little reader participation on this one. I know what the clouderati think about this topic, but I really want to hear from regular folks--the ones that will be writing checks and putting the reputations is not their jobs on the line.
Over the weekend, I got a chance to catch up on my reading and ran across a couple of articles on online backup services, one in Macworld, and one in Time magazine, the latter is about as mainstream as you can get. Both articles were well done and covered things like pricing, ease of use, but both missed what I think is the most salient point.