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Your Cloud Computing Adoption Strategy – What Should You Consider?

When formulating your Cloud Computing strategy, as I’ve learned though my work on Cisco Cloud Enablement Services, there are a wide range of topics you should examine before finalising of your approach.   This range of considerations will – clearly – be specific to your environment, your opportunities and constraints.  In this blog post, I’ll outline these key strategic considerations to help you as you investigate if, how and where cloud could help you [no bias here, no technology religion either!].

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Cisco Scores “Best of VMworld” Award 3 Years in a Row

For the third year in a row, I am happy to say we were honored with a Best of VMworld award.  In 2008, we won an award for the Cisco Nexus 1000V, last year, we won an award for Cisco UCS and this year we won an award for the Cisco Overlay Transport Virtualization feature (or OTV to friends) running on the Cisco Nexus 7000.

As a technology that was obviously thought up by and named by the networking geeks in the company, why should virtualization admins care let alone bestow an award?

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Cisco Data Center Architecture: The Power to Say Yes

If you were at VMworld 2010 in San Francisco , and stopped at the Cisco booth, you probably already realized  that starting on September 14th a lot of conversations in the data centers will be about the Cisco’s architectural framework and how it can create a better business impact for the organizations –
Here is what Ben Gibson, Cisco VP Data Center Solutions has to say about this September 14th event and the new announcements. 

So please  register here today, and join Ben and his special guests on September 14th at 9:00 am PST  for an educational and entertaining conversation.

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Cisco and Citrix Deliver a Fresh Take On Desktop Virtualization

In talking to our customers, one of the things that I hear consistently is that customers appreciate our open solution stack.  What does that mean?  Well, a couple of things–first of all, it means that our innovations are individually available–you can connect a UCS to any upstream Ethernet and Fibre Channel switch, you can connect the server of your choice to a Nexus switch and still take advantage of OTV, FabricPath or unified fabric and you can run the Nexus 1000V in pretty much any hardware environment supported by vSphere.


The other thing this means is that we build solutions stacks with insertion points for our partners so our customers can take advantage our our solutions while still working with their favorite data center vendors.  Both Vblocks (Cisco, EMC, VMware) and SMT (Cisco, NetApp, VMWare) were initial examples of this approach.


Today, we are adding to the list with a newly announced desktop virtualization solution developed in partnership with Citrix.   Desktop virtualization is taking off with our customer for a number of reasons from reducing costs, to faster app deployment, to improving regulatory compliance and we have been listening to what our customers have been asking for.


The new solution with Citrix XenDesktop combines Cisco UCS and Citrix desktop virtualization technologies including FlexCast™ and HDX™, to deliver a cost-effective, scalable and high-performance solution for hosting, securing and optimizing the delivery of virtual desktops and applications.  


In this video Ben Gibson of Cisco and Gordon Payne of Citrix discuss the announcement:


Of course, we are not going to roll out a me-too solution….  

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Daily Blogger Techminute : Cisco and VMware drive innovation and integration

With more than 17,000 registrants , VMworld 2010 is the largest and most successful VMworld ever . No surprise , as we know that the virtualization wave keeps growing and growing – Servers, network, storage, desktops, virtualization is everywhere – And Cisco with a close partnership with VMware is definitely at the cutting  edge of this wave with a lot of significant innovations and a tied integration between the two companies.

As a new  proof point, Cisco won a Best of VMworld 2010 award in the hardware virtualization category with the Cisco Nexus 7000 Overlay Transportation Virtualization  solution 

For  the last Cisco Daily Blogger Minute for VMworld 2010  I invited today our friends Stuart Miniman, Wikibon Senior Analyst  and VMware Ernesto Tey to join Cisco JMichel Metz to talk about the importance of the partner ecosystem that Cisco and VMware are creating and the results in terms of innovation, and integration 

In terms of innovations, and partnership between Cisco and VMware , here are a couple of  recent announcements from Cisco  that you want to consider 

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