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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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New Cisco TechWise TV : Journey to Unified Computing -February 4th

The Cisco TechWise TV team is coming back with a new broadcast on February 4th  2010 at 1:00pm EST (10:00 am PT)  on the compelling benefits of unified computing in your data center

If you never attend a TechWise show, it’s time to start.  Ok these guys (“geeks that you can trust”)  are really funny (no comparison with Jay and Conan) , but it’s also a great opportunity to learn how this new architectural approach will dramatically reduce your server, cabling, cooling, provisioning, and management needs.And learn how you can take a building block approach to a unified data center, while enjoying significant ROI at each step. Intel, VMware and BMC will participate as well

So book your calendar, register here  and have fun on February 4th at 1:00 pm EST

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The Perils of Equipment Testing

So, I am an auto enthusiast–I like me some fast cars with big engines–and regular readers of my blogs (thank you, by the way) know that an auto analogy sneaks in every now and then–largely because cars are usually something everyone can relate to.  

The funny thing about the reviews in car magazines is that they tend to highlight statistics that are interesting, but also largely irrelevant.  I mean 0-60 times and top speed make for interesting reading, but aren’t particularly germane to understanding what a car is really like to live with, unless you happen to live on a race track. Track testing certainly has its place:  I am interested in a car’s 60-0 time because braking is something I will do often and its good to understand relative braking performance between cars, but in the end, I am more likely to spend time on a site like where I can learn about real-world experiences from actual car owners.

Which brings us to the brave world of testing network equipment….


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An interview with Manjula Talreja Cisco VP, Virtual Computing Environment (VCE) coalition

Manjula Talreja, is the new Cisco Vice –President for the Virtual Computing Environment  coalition created  2 months ago by Cisco and EMC together with VMware. She will be next week in Barcelona, Spain,  for Networkers at Cisco Live 2010. (January 25-28)

Manjula, who leverages in this new position her 20 years industry background in business strategy consulting and operations of large scale IT applications, is well known at Cisco for her leading  role in the Software Busines Group. She ran previously the Customer Business Transformation organization within the Voice Technology Group. Before joining Cisco, Manjula used to work for HP in the US, South East Asia, and Europe .
Her success is related to two of her key strengths :The ability to drive innovation and change management on one hand ,  to synthesize and communicate complex ideas in simpler terms on the other hand.

As Manjula will be part of a VCE panel, organized in Barcelona on Tuesday January 26, with EMC Dennis Hoffman and VMware Hatem Naguib, I met her briefly to have some insights on the Virtual computing Environment coalition, and its joint offering called “the Vblock infrastructure packages”.
I asked her also to give me some clarification on  the role of the Cisco EMC joint venture Acadia, as well as the support provided by system integrators and channel partners to what she described as an “integrated system approach “ in the journey to the private cloud .
Here is the first part of the interview

Stay tuned for the second part of the video on Friday

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