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Silos Belong on the Farm

April 24, 2008 at 12:00 pm PST

Another vendor reportedly made the following statement:”We should leave [virtualization] control to the server guy and leave the network to the networking guy. That’s an easier approach to swallow.” I found this to be a curious statement and somewhat ironic, considering it was a networking vendor who said this. Read More »

Interop Las Vegas 2008

Just a quick invite to everyone to drop by our booth at Interop next week. We will have demonstrations of FCoE, the Nexus 5000, Nexus 7000, and our virtualized Application networking technologies as well. I’ll be running around at a few presentations on Data Center as well as a fun panel on 10Gb Ethernet and where the technology is heading, then drop by and do some booth duty. I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible next week, travel safe if you are joining us.dg

WAN Optimization getting Hot

The number of competitors left standing gets smaller, WAN Optimization heats up. In the current market economy technologies that save money, very tangibly will most likely do well- WAN Optmization, Data De-Duplication, etc have a nice outlook. Gaining market share in downturned economic climates is often a good strategy as you can gain footprint and the business is well poised during the regression to the growth mean over time.dg Read More »

20/20 Blogging

I just read John Rath’s recent post on Data Center Links about Cisco’s Data Center Vision. It really reaffirms something for me that I was sitting with some of our key data center leadership discussing today, and that is that blogging just plain works. We get feedback, broadly, in minutes and days that would takes months with ‘focus groups’ and other traditional marketing machinations. We hear from our customers, our partners, our competitors, and we learn what works and what doesn’t- rapidly. I love it. Read More »

Cisco MDS 9500 Continues to Innovate

As Doug mentioned in his recent blog:http://blogs.cisco.com/datacenter/2008/03/fcoe_fibrechannel_ethernet_eag.htmlthe MDS platform is here to stay. There have been a lot of announcements from Cisco recently on Nexus, FCoE, and Data Center Ethernet and that’s certainly important news. However, the MDS quietly continues to innovate in the Fibre Channel market while maintaining a leadership position in Director market share (Dell’Oro CQ407). Read More »