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Windows Server + WAN Optimization: Customers & Partners Share Thoughts

Microsoft and Cisco have released the public announcement released the public announcement on their joint branch IT solution, Windows Server on WAAS (WoW). As many readers have seen, this solution combines Microsoft Windows Server 2008 (Server Core branch version) with Cisco WAAS WAN optimization, providing a highly flexible, integrated solution for delivering local + centralized branch IT services.Part of the announcement is a 20 minute video broadcast, which includes testimonials from Microsoft and Cisco execs, leading customers, global system integrator and service provider partners, and an industry analyst/expert. Lots of interesting thoughts and commentary, several based on hands-on experience with WoW…. Read More »

How the Nexus 1000v Changes Admin Roles

Just read a nice write-up here on how the Nexus 1000v will change, or won’t change, administrative job roles in a virtualized environment. Kudos to David Davis on a nice blog post, need to see if I have any Nexus 1000v T-shirts or schwag mae yet… maybe a shirt that says, “Dude’ Where’s Your Switch!” “Where’s your switch dude?” and another guy looking at the server saying, “It’s in there!” I dunno, any better ideas?One minor correction for David, we embedded NX-OS into the ESX Hypervisor- so we have NX-OS on the Nexus 7000, Nexus 5000, and MDS 9500, 92xx, 91xx SAN switches, and now embedded into the ESX Hypervisor with the Nexus 1000v. Probably makes NX-OS one of the most diversely implemented Internetwork Operating Systems ever, and the only Internetwork Operating System that connects LAN, SAN, L3, IPv6, and Virtual Machines. Kinda cool…From an admin role change perspective one design point we had was to meet-in-the-middle. Let the network admin define a series of policies, via port profiles. Then let the server admin choose which policy applied to which workload. Then ensure that policy was mobile and consistent as a VM moves from one physical server to another across racks, across rows, and even across data centers. This would let each admin continue to do what they do today, just do it more effectively with consistent management tools and infrastructure.dg

New York TImes, Data Centers, and Cisco

I was forwarded this article in the NY Times today… It is a rather interesting perspective on Cisco’s growth in Unified Communications and Collaboration software/infrastrucutre. What I like though is how the NY Times takes for granted that Cisco is already in the data center. I laugh a little bit because I thought my job here was to help get us into and make us more relevant in the data center! If I believed the title I would have to assume victory and move onto some other role.However, I don’t see it that way.Today we are in the network infrastructure. We have a good hold, but not where I’d like to see it in the application delivery space -- where the network intersects the business and productivity applications. Storage market is shifting and changing a lot, we have room to grow there. And with key announcements like our VN-Link technologies the network is going where it ahs never gone before. We still ahve a long road to hoe. :) But I appreciate the sentiments! Especially the Madonna comparison… not sure how I’d look in Gaultier, not sure I will ever try it either…dg

Unified Fabric: Sooner Than You Think

September 22, 2008 at 12:00 pm PST

After last week in VMworld, I am convinced that we will see broader adoption of a unified fabric in the server access layer sooner than later. For starters, the technologies that were introduced earlier this year are emerging from the certification cycle which is significantly increases the comfort level for customers. For example, Emulex, Intel, and QLogic adaptors have been added to the VMware ESX Hardware Compatibility List and EMC is expected certify FCoE solutions within the next few weeks. Read More »

Kudos to Paul and Co

September 21, 2008 at 12:00 pm PST

Rich Miller made a point I wanted to echo in a recent post:”Maritz and the VMware organization has proven their ability to retake some thought leadership and generate momentum.”Heading into VMworld, there were certainly some questions hanging out there with the changes in leadership and other competitive pressures. However, Paul and his team did an outstanding job re-casting the conversation and sending several thousand re-charged evangelists back out into the industry.