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“Oops I Did It Again…”

Not sure why I wanted to quote the inimitable Britney Spears today as I sit in Honolulu. It could be the great weather. It could be the fun experience of ‘hanging’ with 2500 of our top partners. It could also be the fact I am idling for 45 minutes while my MacBook Air renders about an hour of video for me for a presentation I am doing in 2 hours -- not that I am stressed. Read More »

Gaming Routers and Switches

As a self-avowed bit of a gamer (yes I have my Level 70 World of Warcrack character, and can go all the way back to Ultima Online, MUDs, Zork, Bard’s Tale, and Wizardry (anyone remember Werdna?) to establish a lineage…) I was reading a question today about ‘What is the Best Router for Gaming’??? Read More »

Longer Sales Cycles in WAN Optimization

I am going to do my best here to avoid casting too many stones, but this just amuses me. Six quarters ago I started in this role. A new director on my team was leading a product launch for a technology we call Wide-Area Acceleration Services, or WAAS for short. It was a promising technology but I was a bit circumspect for a variety of reasons- sales channel, who do we sell it to, how do I get our own sales force excited about it, and one very strong competitor in Riverbed. Read More »

Large Scale Data Centers

Microsoft was quoted in this article by TechTarget where they discussed many interesting factors about how to design, build, and operate large-scale data centers. I especially liked the reality check that governments wil regulate this and we will need to offer greater visibility and transparency into IT operations if we are going to accurately account for carbon credits and such. Read More »

A quick word from the field…

Brad Hedlund, a Cisco Systems Engineer out of Illinois and author of a very nice blog that strives to help network engineers worldwide wrote this nice write-up on the Nexus 7000. Read More »