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Networkers at CiscoLive 2010 – Barcelona – Daily Blogger Techminute Day 1

Today we open the “World of solutions” at 10:00 am  – As experienced in San Francisco at Cisco Live last July, the Data Center of the Future demo  was quickly packed with very interested visitors –  The Data Center of the Future demo is a 15 racks  simulated data center showcasing a complete suite of Data Center partner solutions in a data center environment –  As expected we got  a lot of questions on the Vblocks infrastructure packages  which were presented for the first time  by VMware, Cisco and EMC on a show floor.

Amongst the different data center break-out sessions,  the panel around “Application Mobility across Data Centres”  with Cisco Thomas Scheibe, VMware Ravi Neelakant and NetApp Joel McKelvey  attracted quite a lot of attendees.  Not a big suprise, as this session was dedicated to the architectural evolution in virtual machine (VM) and application mobility across separate data center sites or across different pods in the same data center. Topic we started to address last August
On the networking front,  this session highlighted  a new Cisco solution as a way of extending layer 2 across data centers using an IP core. Additionally, Nexus 1000V Virtual switches provide granular visibility and integration at the VM level. This session also covered Routing optimizations, where optimal and service aware routing is provided to client accessing services running on Virtual Machines which have been VMotioned from one data Center or pod to another. On the Application and Storage front, using VMware’s VMotion and NetApp’s Flexcache Storage technology, customers can achieve Active-Active VMotion with no application downtime while the virtual machine moves. Stay tuned as we will post very soon  some interesting video interviews that we captured today on this topic.

After a long day of videotaping and meeting customers and partners, I invited  bloggers from VMware, EMC and Cisco to join me for a new Daily Blogger Techminute – It was an opportunity to talk about some of the major data center events of the day including  Nexus 1000 V, the Virtual Computing Environment (VCE) panel and Vblocks.

Tomorrow we will have another interesting day.


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Networkers at Cisco Live Barcelona 2010 – Daily Blogger Techminute Day 2

Knowledge is Power.
The Cisco Live 2010 tagline here in Barcelona seems to have been well understood.  Despite a sunny day, the audience was still very eager to participate and learn. Large flows of visitors, and attentive attendees characterized the spirit of this day on the show floor as well as in the conference rooms.  Last time I checked on our data center partners , Panduit ,APC, Intel, EMC, VMware, NetApp  were enjoying  a significant traffic on their booth, making the participation to this event obviously worthwhile.

Another type of partners were eager to participate  and learn – At the Partner Symposium, Cisco, VMware and EMC  shared with our channel partners the Virtual Computing Environment (VCE) coalition strategy and efforts to expand the Vblock  partner ecosystem.  Amongst our partners, the  VMware, and/or EMC partners are ready , but EMC as well as VMware are seriously committed to make their best efforts to invite Cisco partners to their network in order to build a robust group of partners able to support a growing demand for Vblocks . This symposium was certainly a great opportunity for the members of the coalition to communicate on  rich set  of partners programs.

The meeting  with Groupe Agrica was another highlight of the day . This Cisco VMware EMC French customer is an insurance conglomerate, which  manages retirement, injury, health care and saving plans for employees in the agricultural sector.  Groupe Agrica is also well known, as it was one of the fist company to roll out a VDI project with VMware View. Today, Groupe Agrica manage 200 Virtual Servers running on 20 ESX hosts, and 550 Virtual Desktops running on 8 ESX hosts. Almost 99% of servers are virtualized yet. Groupe Agrica is also one of the first user of Nexus 1000V, as well as an early adopter of unified fabric and  FCoE on Nexus 5000.
The presentation of Julien Mousqueton , Groupe Agrica’s Data Center Architect, generated a ton of interest and a lot of questions from an audience eager to collect  customer details on the challenges , best practices and benefits of these migrations.The deployment of a suite of Cisco Nexus virtual switches, combined with VMware vSphere management tools, facilitated cooperation between server and networking teams and resolved challenges arising from this infrastructure consolidation project . According to Julien, “The combination of these solutions allows our IT teams to discover new benefits to virtualized infrastructure because we can now administer a network in avirtual environment the same way as we have done in the physical world, and it is simplified and intuitive.”
I will come back very soon with video interviews of Julien Mousqueton. Stay tuned.

Tonight, before an outstanding appreciation show  with good music, nice food and wonderful artist , I invited bloggers from VMware and NetApp  to share with us the experience of the day. It was an opportunity to talk about the Cisco VMware NetApp January 26th announcement around secure multi-tenancy design architecture

Tomorrow is the last day of Barcelona Networkers at Cisco Live 2010, with a new series of break-out sessions and the well expected super session with David Lawler  on “Data Centre Virtualisation Architecture”


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Cisco WAAS 200+ Site Internal Deployment: Kool-Aid Drinks Well

Cisco has been — and continues to — actively deploy its technology to support its own business initiatives, as well as develop best practices and target results for its customers.  Called “Cisco on Cisco”, it has encompassed a wide range of technologies.

This blog is a cross-link to a posting from a Cisco IT team on their own company-wide deployment of Cisco WAAS .  WAAS, or Wide Area Application Services, is a core technology in Cisco Data Center and Borderless Networks architectures.

You can see Cisco IT’s own descriptions of its 200+ site deployment, and some of the goals and projected results (e.g. $850K 3 yr. savings).  Stay tuned for a more detailed case study in the weeks to come.

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Barcelona Cisco Live 2010 -Data Centre Virtualisation Architecture

Networkers  at Cisco Live 2010  started today in Barcelona with a series of one day technical seminars and break out sessions .There was a lot of activities on the show floor as well,  to be ready for the tomorrow opening of the “World of the Solutions”

The 12 racks of the Data Center of the Future demo are now ready, as well as the 7 demo pods covering Data Center Interconnect, Secure cloud, Unified Fabric, Application Delivery, Advanced Services, Virtual Computing Environment (VCE) coalition Vblocks and the data center experience of Cisco IT.  

In between two meetings with customers and partners , I met briefly David Lawler, VP product Management UCS, Cisco Server Access & virtualization BU, who will be the key notes speaker of  the Data Centre Power Session on Thursday 28.

David, who just came back from a trip to China, shared with me some insights on his Thursday presentation, highlighting the fresh approach, the strong foundation and the real -world impact of Cisco vision and solutions for the virtualized data center and the journey to the private cloud.

In addition of the break-out sessions previously identified by our experts, I’d like to bring your attention to several sessions recently added to the agenda

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On her way to Barcelona Cisco Lives 2010, Manjula Talreja, Cisco VP VCE talks about Vblocks

In this second part of  the interview  (watch the first part here) , Manjula Talreja, Cisco VP for the Virtual Computing Environment (VCE) explains what are the different Vblock infrastructure packages built by the VMware, Cisco, EMC coalition, and what are the delivery mechanisms  put in place  to support the fast growing demand of the market. She clarifies also the role of Acadia, the Cisco EMC joint venture focused on delivering Vblocks through a Build, Operate, Transfer (BOT) model that reduces risk and accelerates time to market.


Manjula Talreja will participate to Networkers at Cisco Live 2010 in Barcelona Spain (January 25-28) – You can meet her at the VCE panel  on Tuesday January 26, with EMC Dennis Hoffman and VMware Hatem Naguib.

If you don’t plan to attend in person, and have specific questions for Manjula, Dennis, Hatem, I will be more than happy to bring them on the table, as I will meet the three of them in Barcelona .
Stay tuned .


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