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If not us, who? If not now, when?

As Padmasree stated in her blog post on Unified Computing, “Yes.”We are in the middle of a series of disruptions, both technological and economic. On the technology front there is an increasing shift to using virtualization technologies to extend the life cycle of data centers, servers, and storage. By improving utilization faster than growth-rates assets last longer, the business can run more efficiently. At its core virtualization is about a shift from hardware definitions of system architectures to software definitions; a move from physical servers to virtual machines, a journey from the Lego-brick home-built architectures of today to the Unified Computing architectures of tomorrow This creates a disruption, and an opportunity. An opportunity to build systems architectures that embrace virtualization, that accelerate virtualization, that integrate virtualization. Read More »

Robert Scoble on Job Hunting

Interesting story and post over on Scobleizer on Job Hunting in 2009. Robert makes a good set of points on how to get your name out there, network in the Web 2.0 World, build your personal brand, and get that next job if you are looking for one. I recently recruited a gent to Cisco because I wrote a blog post, he wrote a better one about mine, and I thought, “hmmm, this guy is bright, philosophically aligned, and writes really well. I wonder if he’d want to work here? ” Reaching out on Twitter over the next few days we started down the road that led to him joining Cisco. Times are hard right now, and I have a lot of friends asking for advice, jobs, introductions, etc. I like Robert’s advice- post, link, blog, join the conversation, show who you are, etc.

Snowstorm in San Jose

This morning when I woke up for a 7am meeting it was about 60 degrees out. But to my immediate surprise I had a SMS that may meeting canceled because of a blizzard. Here is a picture of the actual conditions that denied this meeting with a large retailer.

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Cisco Channel Partner Community – Data Center Success

Was just getting my Google News updates for the morning, and one piqued my interest. It was about one of our partners, Enventis, helping a customer implement eight Nexus 7000s in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. They also made an investment into their own infrastructure to scale-up/out their service delivery capability within the data center. Are there other examples I should recognize? What other partners have been having success with the Nexus family, the MDS, WAN Optimization, Data Center Security, etc? Who else has gone on to be recognized with the Data Center Network specializations?dg

Branch IT Consolidation Without Losing Windows Branch Services

Branch IT consolidation is usually interpreted as moving all branch servers to the data center, or at least as many as possibly makes sense. But what about critical branch services that maintain business continuity and performance for branch workers?The flexibility to consolidate without losing Windows branch services is exactly what Cisco and Microsoft set out to do with Windows Server on WAAS. This joint offering puts Windows Server 2008 or 2003 on the Cisco WAN optimization appliance in the branch so IT OpEx and CapEx costs drop but key branch services are preserved.Check out this outstanding product review from Dave Mitchell at IT Pro in UK: Cisco WAAS 4.1 with Windows Server. Verdict: It’s easy to deploy and manage Windows Server on the virtualization layer in the WAAS appliance to run Active Directory DHCP DNS, and print services.