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WAN Optimization at Interop: More of the Same, or Totally Different?

Sometimes it’s more fun sitting on the panel than it is watching it from the audience. It certainly provided a unique opportunity to watch a group of experienced IT vendor technologists and marketeers all claim to be unique, and THE SOLUTION for our 100+ audience members that filled the mid-sized room. Are different WAN optimization vendors’ solution offerings really different from one another? Can they uniquely solve customers’ growing IT and cost challenges in this still challenged economic environment and budget year(s)? Or was this session at Interop just “more of the same thing?”

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Cisco Unified Computing System at Cisco

May 26, 2009 at 12:00 pm PST

John Manville, VP for IT for the Network and Data Center Services organization, will be on IPTV tomorrow discussing the production implementation of the Cisco Unified Computing System in our data centers. The event is tomorrow (May 27) at 11am PT. Click here for the event.

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PUE Audits at Cisco

May 22, 2009 at 12:00 pm PST

As I have often note in my customer briefings, getting a handle on power and cooling issues in the data center is dependent on the proverbial three-legged stool: energy-efficient facilities, energy-efficient products, and getting educated on designing/implementing/operating energy efficient data centers. Of the three, I ultimately think the last one has the greatest impact. As operations teams more sophisticated in their energy efficiency strategies and get access to better tools to measure and manage energy consumption, companies will start get get ahead of their power and cooling challenges. It is for that reason that organizations such as The Green Grid (of which Cisco is a member) were created. If you have not checked out their website, I highly encourage you to do so--there are a wealth of resources there. Anyway, one of the metrics the Green Grid advocates is Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) and its reciprocal, Data Center Efficiency (DCE) as tools to help customers estimate the energy efficiency of their data centers. I highly encourage you to listen to Doug Alger discuss our experiences in conducting a PUE audit at one of our data centers and some of the caveats he notes on the results of the audit.Anyone else running PUE audits or considering them? Would love to hear any thoughts or feedback you might have.

Intel CIO supports Unified Fabric and FCoE

May 22, 2009 at 12:00 pm PST

Intel is a critical Cisco partner, but also a large and innovative manufacturing customer. Diane Bryant, CIO Intel, was on Cisco booth at EMC World, in Orlando Florida, to witness the large number of visitors interested by our Unified Computing System , and our unified fabric strategy . It was a perfect opportunity to talk about the way she is transforming today the Intel data centers. After a first wave of virtualization, her IT team is diligently implementing the next wave : the consolidation of the fabric . Based on very encouraging results that she shared with me, Diane Bryant is obviously determined to move forward as fast as possible…

Next-Gen Ethernet: Opportunities to Deploy 10 Gigabit Ethernet, Standards Status

May 21, 2009 at 12:00 pm PST

At Interop yesterday, Doug Gourlay, Cisco VP Data Center 3.0 Solutions, discussed the status of the standards for next-generation ethernet. In this video he talks about how Cisco customers can get better performance, better density, lower power, and longer distance with subsequent optimizations and how the standards are emerging between Data Center Ethernet and Convergence Enhanced Ethernet.