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Smart Data Centers will lead to Smart Grids

Why do we have a power ‘Grid’ at all?Simple…to be more productive. Energy fuels our industry, our industries fuel our economies. After we saw the first massive spikes in industrial productivity from this new thing called electricity, we were hooked and the ‘Grid’ began. Our post-wattage days have been blissful until now. Now we are seeing limits where none were before. So, what to do.We apply the same ingenuity and management to Watts as we do to Packets. That is Cisco’s technical approach to what is otherwise a social construct; Green. Reduce Watts, and in turn reduce carbon through Smart Loads. With that, the utilities that provide us with our Watts will be able to use the same technologies used to control the “business” side of energy. There will be a lag but when people talk Smart Grid today it can mean many things. Basic Ethernet connectivity may be one.If you want to geek out on how things are coming along here at Cisco on energy tech, have a listen to a recent interview I was privileged to provide. Its a discussion with John Gilroy of Federal News Radio 1500AM in Washington, DC.John runs a great show and we really engaged on some meaty bits, you can play as a URL or download as a podcast… Read More »

7 at Cisco Live

June 24, 2009 at 12:00 pm PST

Do you believe in the power of numbers? The other day I was struck by the number 7. At Cisco Live next week, the Cisco Data Center Solutions team is building an amazing demo called “The Data Center of the Future” As Doug Gourlay explains in his video invitation, we are talking about 24 racks and recreating a data center. The “Data Center of the Future” will include most of the products found in the portfolio of Cisco Data Center solutions, which will also be displayed in 7 demo pods. But here comes the fun part.

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Real Life Data Center 3.0 Deployments – A University

We’ve been talking about Cisco Data Center 3.0 vision & strategy for a while now. How Cisco Data Center 3.0 provides a granular, multi-phase journey for transforming data center to meet the evolving needs of the business with a strategy that emphasizes investment protection & incremental incorporation of new technologies & infrastructure with the existing ones. As we take the companies through this journey of implementing Data Center 3.0, I will be sharing some of the real-life experiences of these companies in a series of blog posts.

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Cisco Nexus 1000V + vSphere 4, BFF

June 18, 2009 at 12:00 pm PST

As I have noted before, the Cisco/VMware relationship has some deep roots and our engineers have been having much fun together. Check out this video featuring Mark Bakke, a Technical Leader at Cisco chatting about the N1KV/vSphere solution: Read More »

Cisco Nexus 1000V In Depth

June 17, 2009 at 12:00 pm PST

Here is an updated video (in two parts) in which Pierre, one of our TMEs takes you through an in-depth tour of the Cisco Nexus 1000V including config, port profiles and VMotion in action. If these entice you to want to play, head on over to cisco.com/go/1000veval for fully functioning eval copy (free CCO reg required, eval is good for 60 days and 16 CPUs).NOTE: The videos are in HD so you can see screen detail in vCenter and the Nexus 1000V console etc, so you’ll get your best viewing experience by clicking through to our Cisco DC Facebook page and watching full screen--also bring popcorn.