Sometimes it’s more fun sitting on the panel than it is watching it from the audience. It certainly provided a unique opportunity to watch a group of experienced IT vendor technologists and marketeers all claim to be unique, and THE SOLUTION for our 100+ audience members that filled the mid-sized room. Are different WAN optimization vendors’ solution offerings really different from one another? Can they uniquely solve customers’ growing IT and cost challenges in this still challenged economic environment and budget year(s)? Or was this session at Interop just “more of the same thing?”
John Manville, VP for IT for the Network and Data Center Services organization, will be on IPTV tomorrow discussing the production implementation of the Cisco Unified Computing System in our data centers. The event is tomorrow (May 27) at 11am PT. Click here for the event.
As I have often note in my customer briefings, getting a handle on power and cooling issues in the data center is dependent on the proverbial three-legged stool: energy-efficient facilities, energy-efficient products, and getting educated on designing/implementing/operating energy efficient data centers. Of the three, I ultimately think the last one has the greatest impact. As operations teams more sophisticated in their energy efficiency strategies and get access to better tools to measure and manage energy consumption, companies will start get get ahead of their power and cooling challenges. It is for that reason that organizations such as The Green Grid (of which Cisco is a member) were created. If you have not checked out their website, I highly encourage you to do so–there are a wealth of resources there. Anyway, one of the metrics the Green Grid advocates is Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) and its reciprocal, Data Center Efficiency (DCE) as tools to help customers estimate the energy efficiency of their data centers. I highly encourage you to listen to Doug Alger discuss our experiences in conducting a PUE audit at one of our data centers and some of the caveats he notes on the results of the audit.Anyone else running PUE audits or considering them? Would love to hear any thoughts or feedback you might have.
Intel is a critical Cisco partner, but also a large and innovative manufacturing customer. Diane Bryant, CIO Intel, was on Cisco booth at EMC World, in Orlando Florida, to witness the large number of visitors interested by our Unified Computing System , and our unified fabric strategy . It was a perfect opportunity to talk about the way she is transforming today the Intel data centers. After a first wave of virtualization, her IT team is diligently implementing the next wave : the consolidation of the fabric . Based on very encouraging results that she shared with me, Diane Bryant is obviously determined to move forward as fast as possible…
I met at EMC World in Orlando, Chuck Hollis, EMC’s VP Global Marketing CTO; Parag Patel, VMware’s VP of Alliances, and Ed Bugnion, Cisco’s CTO for the Server Access and Virtualization Business Unit. Ed shared some insights on two important initiatives for the Cisco Data Center 3.0 strategy: Cloud computing and Unified Computing. VMware, Cisco, and EMC work together to deliver products and architecture designed to be deployed at scaleChuck explained to me how the alliance between these three companies is different in a world where the alliances come and go, and what is the EMC unique contribution. Parag highlighted the solutions, such as Cisco Nexus 1000V or Cisco Unified Computing System that this alliance is already delivering Watch the interviews with Chuck and Parag at http://www.cisco.com/go/emcworld09