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Beyond CiscoLive 2009!

Well, we are all safely back from CiscoLive. Speaking for the blogger crew, we had a lot of fun and had the chance to chat with a large number of customers across the length of the event. To a person, the folks I talked to were positive about how our data center story has unfolded over the last year, but at the same time, many had good questions about what things like FCoE, UCS and clouds (in their seeming infinite variety) really mean for them, so that should keep up off the streets and out of trouble for a while, making sure we get those questions answered.Here is our final blogger minute for you entertainment. We captured a lot of video over the week, so look for highlights for the show floor and from key sessions in the coming days. Read More »

WAN Optimization and Application Acceleration Case Study – Government Agency Peace Corps

The Peace Corps traces its roots and mission to 1960, when then Senator John F. Kennedy challenged students at the University of Michigan to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries. From that inspiration grew an agency of the federal government devoted to world peace and friendship.
Since that time, more than 195,000 Peace Corps Volunteers have served in 139 host countries to work on issues ranging from AIDS education to information technology and environmental preservation.
Recently, Peace Corps has deployed Cisco router-embedded WAN optimization solutions (WAAS) across 26 rural locations for cost reduction and application acceleration. Here’s my interview highlights with Domenico Palombo – Network Chief for Peace Corps:

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Daily Blogger Techminute -Data Center – Cisco Live 2009 Day 2

Tonight Cisco Omar Sultan, James Urquhart, Chris Hoff and EMC Stuart Miniman , Chad Sakac , joined me at the Marriott Hotel to share about their second day at Cisco Live. Today we were at lunch with David Lawler, VP of Marketing Server Access and Virtualization, who gave a presentation about Cisco Unified Computing System. David summarized his major thoughts in a three minute video.. Read More »

Cisco and EMC talk about FCoE standardization

At Cisco Live I had the opportunity to organize a meeting with Stuart Miniman -EMC Technologist CTO Office – and Kash Shaikh -Senior Manager, Cisco Data Center Solutions- to talk about FCoe Standardization and the impact on the market .Here is the first part of the conversation Read More »

Setting Up a DMZ in a Virtual World

< {filedir_1}lock-400.jpgimage While everyone agrees that virtualization solves a number of problems, most folks will agree that it often forces us to reconsider how we do things. Security is a prime example of this and we have been spending serious cycles on understanding the implications of this and the impact for you, our customers. The newest example of this activity is a joint white paper developed by Cisco and VMware on Deploying a DMZ in a virtualized environment with the Cisco Nexus 1000V and VMware vSphere 4. Read More »