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Data Centers Down Under

On a plane flying to Sydney to start a week long Asia Pacific Tour. Will be meeting with customers across a few parts of Asia and rushing home to paint Easter Eggs, hide them, and then wonder oddly enough a few days later where that interesting sulphur-like smell is coming from.This week I am going to try something new for me. Yes, I know, I am years behind on technology and using the web, but am going to try to do a few video blogs of the different data centers we may see, if their are architectural differences ‘Down Under’, does airflow work differently in Australia? i.e. does hot air fall and cold air rise? Read More »

Gold = Good, Happy Customers = Great

All vendors get excited when their products win awards and get listed publicly. Cisco was no different when we won not one, but two GOLD MEDALS for our application networking products in SearchNetworking’s Product of the Year awards for WAN Optimization and Application Delivery Controllers.But what really should make vendors the happiest is growing numbers of satisfied customers that are getting real business benefits from their products… Read More »

Why You’ll Want This Switch, Part 3

March 17, 2008 at 12:00 pm PST

So, as an impressionable young”yout”, as Joe Pesci would say, in the early days of networking, I learned an important lesson. I have to admit I started out as a Wellfleet bigot (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wellfleet_Communications for those of you who, sadly, have no idea what I’m talking about). At first blush, it looked to be a better box: elegant hardware architecture, checked all the boxes in terms of standards compliance, better performance (on paper at least)-¬Ěhands down, the BCN won the data sheet wars. But a curious thing happened- Read More »

Branching Out

I’m sitting here in my office at 8:30 on Thursday night when I should seriously be out having a cold adult beverage somewhere. But instead I read an article that just got to me. I don’t write much about things not totally linked to the data center, so this was a bit of a departure, but one with which I hope you find worth investing a few minutes of your time on reading. Network World has this habit of dignifying things that employees of a company up north happen to write a bit. The latest ill-conceived spawn from their fingertips is of course linked right here as always.dg Read More »

Virtual Devices by Michael Morris

Just a quick link to our reader to check out Michael Morris’s write-up on Virtual Device Contexts. Michael, nice blog, detailed, and very well thought out. Michael’s blog.I wanted to point out that this is another example of ‘organic innovation’ brought forth by Cisco Engineers and Product Managers working intimately with our cutting edge customers. The genesis of this idea by the way came from a variety of sources, but one was Mike van Norman from UCLA’s networking group who wanted to share a large switch with four departments and optimize his infrastructure without proliferating a lot of smaller devices. Mike, wanted you to know we never forgot, and we delivered. Even though that lunch was in a deli in LA in 2003/2004 I think. Read More »