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Real Life Data Center 3.0 Deployments – A University

We’ve been talking about Cisco Data Center 3.0 vision & strategy for a while now. How Cisco Data Center 3.0 provides a granular, multi-phase journey for transforming data center to meet the evolving needs of the business with a strategy that emphasizes investment protection & incremental incorporation of new technologies & infrastructure with the existing ones. As we take the companies through this journey of implementing Data Center 3.0, I will be sharing some of the real-life experiences of these companies in a series of blog posts.

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Cisco Nexus 1000V + vSphere 4, BFF

As I have noted before, the Cisco/VMware relationship has some deep roots and our engineers have been having much fun together. Check out this video featuring Mark Bakke, a Technical Leader at Cisco chatting about the N1KV/vSphere solution: Read More »

Cisco Nexus 1000V In Depth

Here is an updated video (in two parts) in which Pierre, one of our TMEs takes you through an in-depth tour of the Cisco Nexus 1000V including config, port profiles and VMotion in action. If these entice you to want to play, head on over to for fully functioning eval copy (free CCO reg required, eval is good for 60 days and 16 CPUs).NOTE: The videos are in HD so you can see screen detail in vCenter and the Nexus 1000V console etc, so you’ll get your best viewing experience by clicking through to our Cisco DC Facebook page and watching full screen–also bring popcorn.

Cisco Unified Computing System Manager and Firmware Profiles

I sat down with Brian Schwartz again last week to dig a bit deeper into the Unified Computing System Manager. There has been a lot of speculation recently that UCSM only worked for virtualized environments. Well, as you will see UCS Manager will happily do automated firmware provisioning for both bare metal and virtualized environment.As a reminder, the video is actually high def, so you may want to click through to our Facebook Page to get the larger image size and to be able to see detail on the screen.

Cloud Must Balance Innovation With Operational Excellence

One of Cisco’s internal mantras of late is the need to balance innovation with operational excellence. Our corporate CTO, Padmasree Warrior, laid out this argument as a part of a recent series predicting the future of collaboration. Essentially, a critical organizational debate is changing focus from “what takes precedence–innovation OR operational excellence” to “how do we balance the two?” Coming from the Silicon Valley, with its history of “fresh out of college” entrepreneurship and collapsing bubbles, this is a much needed discussion.

It occurs to me, though, that this is a question that the entire cloud computing market should consider.

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