Microsoft was quoted in this article by TechTarget where they discussed many interesting factors about how to design, build, and operate large-scale data centers. I especially liked the reality check that governments wil regulate this and we will need to offer greater visibility and transparency into IT operations if we are going to accurately account for carbon credits and such. Read More »
Sitting in my big green chair at home (it’s been with me for 13 years and is kind of a faithful frind like that although it’s fading on the side the sun glares on all day) and reading a few blogs, catching up on my email, and reminiscing a bit.Tonight at Cisco we had a party for employees that are celebrating their 10-year anniversary here. Pretty neat to think about where things were in 1998… Google was being founded. FibreChannel Switching was being developed. I was an SE installing ATM to the desktop ‘Analysts’ proselytized Fast Token Ring and Gigabit Token Ring We both learned. Layer-3 Switching was ‘cool and new’ There was a difference between switches and routers We were installing FEPs into Routers to connect Mainframes over WANs without OSA adapters Voice over ATM was cutting edge MPLS… ??? it was a year later we got the first multi-vendor label swapping working at Interop I just got a new laptop with a smoking Pentium II processor with MMX extensions! It was a Toshiba Tecra I believe. Windows 98 was money But my NT 4.0 was more stable The companies I competed with.. don’t exist now Read More »
I had a discussion with some folks today who told me that customers wondered what Cisco’s position on FibreChannel was. One of our FC competitors was telling them that we are ‘getting rid of’ the Cisco MDS 9500 Storage Director in favor of the Nexus 7000, etc. I am reminded again of another of my favorite Winston Churchill quotes (yes, am a fan and have a book of them)“When the eagles are silent, the parrots begin to jabber” Read More »
Allan Leinwand had a provocative blog post on gigaom.com the other day about the imminent arrival of a blade server for the Nexus. Doug ably explained why we would not do such a thing, so I am not going to revisit that, but I do want to explore the question Allan posed at the end of his entry: Who do you think can provide those resources more effectively -– a blade server manufacturer using virtualization with networking added to the system or a data networking manufacturer adding blade servers and virtualization?