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An interview with Manjula Talreja Cisco VP, Virtual Computing Environment (VCE) coalition

Manjula Talreja, is the new Cisco Vice –President for the Virtual Computing Environment  coalition created  2 months ago by Cisco and EMC together with VMware. She will be next week in Barcelona, Spain,  for Networkers at Cisco Live 2010. (January 25-28)

Manjula, who leverages in this new position her 20 years industry background in business strategy consulting and operations of large scale IT applications, is well known at Cisco for her leading  role in the Software Busines Group. She ran previously the Customer Business Transformation organization within the Voice Technology Group. Before joining Cisco, Manjula used to work for HP in the US, South East Asia, and Europe .
Her success is related to two of her key strengths :The ability to drive innovation and change management on one hand ,  to synthesize and communicate complex ideas in simpler terms on the other hand.

As Manjula will be part of a VCE panel, organized in Barcelona on Tuesday January 26, with EMC Dennis Hoffman and VMware Hatem Naguib, I met her briefly to have some insights on the Virtual computing Environment coalition, and its joint offering called “the Vblock infrastructure packages”.
I asked her also to give me some clarification on  the role of the Cisco EMC joint venture Acadia, as well as the support provided by system integrators and channel partners to what she described as an “integrated system approach “ in the journey to the private cloud .
Here is the first part of the interview

Stay tuned for the second part of the video on Friday

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Virtualized Data Center Summit

There is an upcoming BrightTALK summit around the virtualized data center.  The BrightTALK folks have pulled together a solid line up that will be held live on Thursday, January 21, 2010, or a on-demand afterwards:

Data Center 3.0: Unifying the Virtualized DC Infrastructure
Ed Bugnion, VP/CTO, Server, Access & Virtualization Business Unit at Cisco

Case Study: Terremark’s InfiniCenter Virtualization Story
Chris Drumgoole, SVP Product Development at Terremark

Unified Computing System Innovations
Scott Rose, Director, Product Management, Server, Access & Virtualization Business Unit at Cisco

Transformational Business Value of Data Center Virtualization
Sidney Morgan, IT Architect at Cisco

Emerging Trends in Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure
Jake Smith, Manager of Advanced Server, Technologies Team, Data Center Group at Intel

Server Virtualization: Maturity Brings Complexity
Richard Jones, Vice President and Service Director for Burton Group Data Center Strategies


To register for this event, click here.

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Cisco Data Center at Cisco Live 2010 Barcelona Jan 25-28


Based in Europe? Eager to make a difference in your job ? Barcelona Networkers at Cisco Live 2010  (January 25-28 2010) is your once a year opportunity to sharpen your skills and grow your knowledge in your own backyard.  Through the theme knowledge is power; we will endeavor to equip you and your organization with the technical knowledge required to stay competitive in today’s challenging economy. We believe you’ll benefit from attending this event whatever your technology interest, application environment, company size, or industry focus

Data Center

With the introduction of new lines of products such as the Nexus Data Center Switching, and the Unified Computing Systems, complementary solutions to the Storage Area Networks and  the Application Acceleration Solutions, we have  clearly demonstrated over the past two years our determination and ability to significantly improve the efficiency of the data centers

Here are some recommendations to make the best out of your stay in Barcelona.

The Data Center of the Future (DCoF) initiative presented last summer at Cisco Live San Francisco, and supported by numerous industry leaders including  APC,EMC, Intel, NetApp,Oracle, Panduit, VMware will be at the heart of our Data Center activities in Barcelona- The DCoF demo was by far the most successful demo at Cisco Live in San Francisco  grabbing a lot of attention and interest from the attendees – So it’s a must see demo!

You want also to pay a visit to the Data center booth to meet our experts on Unified Fabric, Data Center Interconnect, Application Delivery, Advanced Services, Unified Computing,Virtualization,  Secure Cloud  or  Vblock, the pre-designed solutions provided by the Virtual Computing Environment (VCE) coalition (VMware- Cisco –EMC)

Power sessions, VCE panels, partners and technical sessions( check in the catalog for TECDCT-2001    Data Center Design Power Session  & TECVIR-2002    Virtualizing Server and Storage in a Data Center)will be also great  opportunities to learn more about the vision , the architectures and the solutions provided by Cisco and partners (APC, EMC, Intel, NetApp, Oracle, Panduit, VMware)

To facilitate your visit  here is a series of additional sessions, selected by our DC experts you may want to consider

BRKAPP-2002    Server Load Balancing Design
BRKAPP-2005    Deploying Cisco Wide Area Application Services (WAAS)
BRKAPP-2020    ACE Deployment in an Application Environment
BRKAPP-2021    Deploying and Troubleshooting Web Cache Communication      Protocol (WCCP) for WAN Acceleration, Security and Content Delivery
BRKAPP-3003    Troubleshooting the Cisco Application Control Engine
BRKAPP-3006    Troubleshooting Cisco Wide Area Application Services
BRKCOM-2016    Deploying business Critical Applications on Branch Office Routers
BRKCOM-1007    The Unified Computing System – a Technical Overview
BRKCOM-2986    Unified Data Center Architecture: Integrating of Unified Computing        System Technology
BRKDCT-2002    Next Generation Datacenter Networks
BRKDCT-1927    Bridging in the Data Center, with or without Spanning Tree
BRKDCT-2840    Data Center Networking: Taking Risk Away from Layer 2             Interconnects
BRKDCT-2961    Evolution of Hierarchical Network Design for the Data Center
BRKDCT-2981    L2MP overview: going beyond the spanning tree protocol
BRKDCT-2987    Data Center Disaster Recovery and Business Continuance
BRKDCT-2001    Next Generation LAN extensions
BRKSAN-2983    Storage and the Unified Fabric
BRKSAN-3001    Advanced SAN Services and Troubeshooting
BRKVIR-1001    What is Virtualization all about?
BRKVIR-2002    Deploying Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)
BRKVIR-2931    End-to-End Data Center Virtualization
BRKVIR-2985    Designs: A Virtual Network Using the Cisco Nexus 1000V Series Switch


No regret! If you have not done that, it’s still possible to register to the Barcelona conference here
If you need help to convince your line of manager, please listen to some of your peers (see below)

In any case, stay tune in following our Barcelona twitter account  and visiting our DC virtual booth open one day on January 26th 2010

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The virtual data center and a ladder to the cloud

Data centers have received a steady stream of technological updates in recent years, leading to faster, cheaper, and more automated operations.  I think of these changes like a ladder, from the conventional data center of five or ten years ago, up to cloud computing today.

Ladder from virtual data center to cloud

From the bottom rung of the ladder up, there have been advantages for data centers taking each step:

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Cisco helps Taser Scale

One of the more fun aspects of working at Cisco is an oppty to see all the cool things our customers are working on.  Every once in a while, our customers are kind enough to let us write about what they are up to, and such is the case with TASER International (of Taser fame).  Taser has launched an a cloud-based service for law enforcement authorities called  The service is a virtual evidence warehouse, offering digital storage in a highly secure, easily accessible environment that allows law enforcement and legal professionals to quickly access key evidence, including video and audio data captured from an officer’s viewpoint.  Even if you are not in law enforcement, its kinda cool to check out the website and see the technology in action.

As you can imagine, this kind of offering needs some significant back-end infrastructure in place, which is why they turned to Cisco.  We helped them design a data center environment that would help them meet their stringent operations requirements and keep up with the scaling requirements.  We were able to go from planning to a deployed system, based on Cisco UCS and Cisco Nexus, in 98 days with the help of the Cisco Advanced Services team. The deployed system saved Taser $900,000 in up front costs and they expect to save an additional $37,000 a year in reduced power and cooling costs.

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