109 F . You think that’s just the external temperature , here in Las Vegas. Actually from where I stand it looks more like the temperature at Cisco Live inside the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, as I see a lot of activities and a real fever this year with a record breaking number of registrants, and more than 6000 on line attendees.
Since Sunday morning, sessions after sessions, the attendees prove that “knowledge is Power”. Over the 3 days , more than 120 sessions will be dedicated to data center .The fever was even higher this Monday with the opening of the “World of Solutions ” supported by numerous Cisco Partners – In the center of the show floor, as a major piece of architecture , the Data Center of the Future demo was packed . But obviously Cisco’s partners enjoyed as well a large traffic – Amongst the “stars” of the show floor, the VMware Express truck showcasing virtualization demos was attracting a lot of visitors as well .
In the following days , we will have other “Daily Blogger Techminutes” with the participation of Cisco Omar Sultan and Brian Gracely .Stay tuned!
One of the major event of the week will be of course the Cisco Data Center announcement on Wednesday June 30th at 12:30 pm PST If you want to watch it and be amongst the first to know about the evolution of the Cisco Data Center 3.0 register here
Tuesday June 29th will be kicked off by John Chambers keynotes speech – But you may also want to attend two super sessions focusing on data center network
“Understanding of Application Performance and Network Usage in the Data Center” with Fluke Networks and “The Impact of Mass Virtualization on Network Management” with CA Technologies
Seeing is believing. In June I wrote about how easy it is to enable data center interconnect (DCI) using Cisco’s enhancements to Virtual Private LAN Services (VPLS), now you can see it in action. In fact, we will give you a more comprehensive demonstration on how Cisco’s DCI solutions work, not only using Advanced VPLS for brownfield deployments, but also using Overlay Transport Virtualization (OTV) for greenfield scenarios.
As a component of Cisco Borderless Networks and Cisco Data Center 3.0 initiative, Cisco WAAS allows IT departments to centralize applications and consolidate data centers while maintaining productivity for branch–office and mobile users.
Cisco Wide Area Application Services software 4.2 is a major release that further enhances IT agility and end-user productivity, enables IT migration to cloud computing, while increasing return-on-investment.
Learn about the latest features in Cisco WAAS 4.2 in this discussion with Ranjan Goel, Product Manager and Eric Wolff, Product Marketing Manager, from the Cisco WAAS team.
Having lived through both the Internet bubble in 2001 and the Housing/CDO bubble in 2008, we’re all too familiar with what happens when large inter-connected entities start having problems. It can often be like watching dominos fall. Things were really great when the systems appeared to be working according to the plan, but then “the plan” got sidetracked and bad things started happening that weren’t on the radar.
Thinking about today’s virtualized Data Centers, we don’t have any choice but to think about them as inter-connected entities. And these entities are more inter-connected than they ever were in the past. Sure, we’ve always connected servers to networks (internal & external) to storage, but now those inter-connections are more consolidated and less well defined.
Part of the reason to utilize any company asset, for CAPEX or OPEX purposes, is to accelerate the activities of the business. The other reason is to reduce or mitigate risk. And by definition, IT technologies can both accelerate the activities of a business and minimize some of their risk (loss of business to competitors; dependencies on physical locations for operations, etc.). But as anyone that works in IT knows, every decision surrounding IT usage (internally or externally) must also be balanced by the risk associated with the equipment or service itself.
Will it operate properly?
How does it handle unexpected events within the system?
How does it handle different types of failure?
Is it secure?
What happens if the vendor falls behind in technology or goes out of business?
How to upgrade or migrate as the technology or standards evolve?
For many years I worked in various roles within Cisco’s Enterprise Solutions Engineering (ESE) and Service Provider Solutions Engineering (SPSE) groups. Our job was to take all the different pieces and parts of Cisco equipment (and partner offerings) and mix them together into best practices. Like a chef making a multi-course meal or a great stew, it required all sorts of ingredients to get it just right. Some ingredients were highly visible (Routing, QoS, Security), while others were fringe elements but extremely valuable (GRE Tunnels, ERSPAN, etc.). At the end of the day, we were extremely lucky to have such a broad mix of features and tools to choose from to create our best practices.
Often times we’d present these solutions to customers or partners and they would question why so many features or tools were included. They’d question the cost of this or the need to learn that. These were all fair questions as the job of managing Data Center (or Network-Wide) resources is challenging enough without adding more layers or stuff to learn. We’d do the best we could to explain scenarios where this feature or that tool would come in handy. Sometimes we were successful, other times we’d get the, “whatever vendor guy, I’ve heard that story before”.