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IBM and Cisco Help Customers Adopt FCoE for Unified Fabric

So, we continue to see traction with customers for Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) because IT organizations are beginning to understand both immediate benefits through reduced capital and operating costs (a big incentive in today’s economy) and the longer term advantages as they continue to virtualize their data centers. Cisco already has over 900 customers deploying the Nexus 5000 switch and today IBM announced that its Systems and Technology Group (STG) will re-sell the Cisco Nexus 5000 switch as part of its new Data Center Networking portfolio.

image Here’s what Barry Rudolph, VP, IBM Storage has to say: “Networking is an important element in highly virtualized and Cloud computing environments. By working with market leaders like Cisco, IBM aims to provide choice and flexibility in providing dynamic infrastructures and world class solutions and services for our customers.”

This agreement with IBM extends Cisco’s ability to support our customers’ goals to deploy a unified fabric with converged networks, and expands Cisco’s routes to market. As the pioneer and market leader in FCoE technology for converging networks into a unified fabric, Cisco offers IBM customers innovative technology coupled with investment protection. Read More »

Unified Computing System: Bucking the Neigh-sayers


“The horse is here to stay but the automobile is only a novelty—a fad.” The president of the Michigan Savings Bank advising Henry Ford’s lawyer not to invest in the Ford Motor Co., 1903.

“If I’d asked people what they wanted, they would have asked for a faster horse” Attributed to Henry Ford

Its been quite interesting to watch the analysis of Google’s Chrome OS over the last few days. Will Google pull it off? Who knows, but, regardless, of whether they do or not, they have permanently changed the conversation. Even if the fail, the horizon has been permanently redefined and someone will eventually be successful. The interesting part is how much of the analysis has missed the market transition. It seems Google is planning on delivering the first internet-centric operating system. Analysts or competitors who are trying to compare Chrome OS to current desktop-centric operating systems are simply missing the point–Google is not about delivering a better horse, they are focused on what’s coming next.

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WAN Optimization and Application Acceleration Case Study – Consumer Products Company Sony Ericsson

Imagine being tasked with drastically reducing costs of branch IT operations across 80 countries, while ensuring 5,000 geographically dispersed employees have consistent LAN-like access to accounting, enterprise planning, product life-cycle management (PLM) software, video, and document management applications. Paul Stephens, Head of Network Services for Corporate IT at Sony Ericsson, doesn’t have to imagine it – he lives it. Read More »

From Bastille Day to Virtualization &Unified Computing

image Prise de la Bastille, by Jean-Pierre-Louis-Laurent Houel”On 5 May 1789, (the King) Louis XVI convened the Estates-General to hear their grievances. The deputies of the Third Estate representing the common people (the two others were the Church and nobility) decided to break away and form a National Assembly. On 20 June the deputies of the Third Estate took the Tennis Court Oath, swearing not to separate until a constitution had been established. They were gradually joined by delegates of the other estates; Louis started to recognize their validity on 27 June. The assembly re-named itself the National Constituent Assembly on 9 July, and began to function as a legislature and to draft a constitution. The people of Paris, fearful that they and their representatives would be attacked by the royal military, and seeking to gain ammunition and gunpowder for the general populace, stormed the Bastille (on July 14th) , a fortress-prison in Paris which had often held people jailed on the basis of lettres de cachet, arbitrary royal indictments that could not be appealed.The storming of the Bastille was more important as a rallying point and symbolic act of rebellion than a practical act of defiance. “(source :Wikepedia)Revolutions happened and happen in all areas of our world – Some of them are violent – Lot of them are soft -But all of them are disruptive and bring new hopes. They create a new dynamic where more creativity and more freedom can emerge. Virtualization and Unified Computing are certainly part of these disruptive models Read More »

WAN Optimization and Application Acceleration Case Study – Manufacturing Company Lafarge

Why will a router-integrated WAN optimization and application acceleration solution give you better ROI results and ease of integration? Here’s a practical example from the world’s largest construction materials company – Lafarge. But don’t just take my words, see what Lafarge’s enterprise IT Architect has to say:
“Cisco WAN optimization solution – Cisco WAAS is saving us over [US]$250,000 per year in operating expenses by not having to support legacy email servers outside the data center and over [US]$420,000 in operating expenses through not supporting legacy file, print and directory services in the field,”
“Cisco WAN optimization is helping us save over [US]$100,000 in annual operating expenses by reducing helpdesk, change, and service tickets associated to legacy servers and storage footprints.”
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