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Cisco at the Intel Developer’s Forum

September 18, 2009 at 12:00 pm PST

 

Intel Developer’s Forum kicks off next week, so if you will be there, swing by and chat with our folks at booth (#401).  As Kirk Skaugen points out, Cisco and Intel actually have a long-lasting relationship that goes back many years and we continue to collaborate closely in areas like UCS and virtualization.

At the booth, you can see demos of UCS, the Cisco Developers Network, and a collection of our smart folks if you want to pick their brains on a number of topics.  Outside of the booth, we have a couple of speaking sessions. Ed Bugnion will we presenting a keynote on “Designing the Next Generation Data Center” (Sep 22, 10:15am, Room 2003) and participating on a panel on the “Future of Cloud Computing” (Sep 22, 5:00pm, Room 2007).

Finally, the Cisco SmartGrid folks will also have a booth there--you can find out more about SmartGrid here.

 

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Branch IT Consolidation: Five Golden Rules

You’ve seen the problem, or maybe you’re dealing with it now: bloated branch offices make for inconsistent services and unnecessary risk  You want to centralize data to make it more available, redundant, and secure… but at the same time, you’ve got to meet the needs of increasingly demanding remote users.

 

 

 

So I invite you to join on September 24 our team of Cisco experts (Data Center expert Steve Phillips and the Cisco WAN Optimization expert Noam Syrkin ) for this special edition of the Techwise TV  dedicated to branch consolidation

Pre-register now to receive access to the full show when it’s released on 9/24/2009.

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Clarifying Internal Cloud versus Private Cloud

Many companies are rapidly evolving toward cloud computing, though from different starting points and not without debate as to the best direction or computing model. For example, advocates of public cloud computing sometimes advise not owning any software or hardware or employing any IT administrators and instead relying on professional providers of IT applications, platforms, infrastructure, and services.

On the other side of the debate are those who have spent years building IT infrastructures, whose concerns must be addressed since reliability, security, SLAs, and interoperability will determine the success of the various cloud computing models within the enterprise.

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Important Considerations When Choosing a WAN Optimization Solution

WAN optimization technology is becoming more strategic to application delivery as IT organizations become more dependent on the WAN for delivery of applications and services to remote users. In initial trials many IT organizations deployed this technology to a few key locations to solve bandwidth or latency challenges. The main selection criteria were around the core features such as data compression and application response time improvements. These days IT organizations realize that WAN Optimization is an integral part of an application delivery network and they realize that they need to look beyond the original selection criteria and consider how it fits in their network architecture when planning a network-wide deployment. Let’s take a look at some of the important considerations when choosing a solution for improving application delivery.

Early WAN Optimization solutions delivered applications over tunnels that obscured traffic from reporting and monitoring tools. These days IT organizations need a solution that is transparent to the network and doesn’t interfere with routing architectures and doesn’t interfere with services and security on the network.

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Hosting in the Branch: Try the Network…

For the tech hungry, here’s a new TechWiseTV session on localizing branch hosting using the network as the platform (more specifically, using Cisco WAAS to host Microsoft Windows Server 2008 services), as well as other tech topics.

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