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The virtual data center and a ladder to the cloud

Data centers have received a steady stream of technological updates in recent years, leading to faster, cheaper, and more automated operations.  I think of these changes like a ladder, from the conventional data center of five or ten years ago, up to cloud computing today.

Ladder from virtual data center to cloud

From the bottom rung of the ladder up, there have been advantages for data centers taking each step:

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Cisco helps Taser Scale

One of the more fun aspects of working at Cisco is an oppty to see all the cool things our customers are working on.  Every once in a while, our customers are kind enough to let us write about what they are up to, and such is the case with TASER International (of Taser fame).  Taser has launched an a cloud-based service for law enforcement authorities called  The service is a virtual evidence warehouse, offering digital storage in a highly secure, easily accessible environment that allows law enforcement and legal professionals to quickly access key evidence, including video and audio data captured from an officer’s viewpoint.  Even if you are not in law enforcement, its kinda cool to check out the website and see the technology in action.

As you can imagine, this kind of offering needs some significant back-end infrastructure in place, which is why they turned to Cisco.  We helped them design a data center environment that would help them meet their stringent operations requirements and keep up with the scaling requirements.  We were able to go from planning to a deployed system, based on Cisco UCS and Cisco Nexus, in 98 days with the help of the Cisco Advanced Services team. The deployed system saved Taser $900,000 in up front costs and they expect to save an additional $37,000 a year in reduced power and cooling costs.

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Managing Risk in the Cloud

Before we dig into this, let me say up front, I am looking for a little reader participation on this one.  I know what the clouderati think about this topic, but I really want to hear from regular folks–the ones that will be writing checks and putting the reputations is not their jobs on the line.


Over the weekend, I got a chance to catch up on my reading and ran across a couple of articles on online backup services, one in Macworld, and one in Time magazine, the latter is about as mainstream as you can get.  Both articles were well done and covered things like pricing, ease of use, but both missed what I think is the most salient point.

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The Journey to the Virtualized Data Center : Microsoft and Cisco Collaboration

The Data Center of the Future initiative led by Cisco was pleased several months ago to welcome Microsoft as a new partner- Already very active with some solutions such as Windows Server  on WAAS , the relationship between Cisco and Microsoft has reached another level of collaboration with the introduction of the Cisco unified computing systems.

As an introduction to her speaking session at the virtual event “Journey to the Virtualized Data Center” on December 16th at 9:00 am PT,  I asked karen Chan to tell us what the audience can  expect from attending her webcast “Cisco data Center for Microsoft applications” – Karen is a Cisco  engineer working full time with Microsoft to make sure that Hyper-V and the Microsoft applications are running perfectly on the UCS platforms. She is definitely one of  these engineers you want to have on board to deploy effectively your  Microsoft applications , such as Sharepoint and Exchange . So here is another great opportunity to ask directly your question through the live chat during this pre-recorded session. (Register here)

Cisco and Microsoft are building next-generation data center solutions that can help customers achieve optimum value from their IT assets in a unified computing architecture.



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The Journey to the Virtualized Data Center : Dynamic Data Center Solution

The :”Journey to the virtualized data Center”  virtual event is now 4 days away, starting on December 15th – You still can register here

 I like the energy of a “real event”. Going out of my office, meeting people, be part of a crowd.  But at this time of the year, when it’s freezing or pouring outside, when I have already to run to make sure that my projects are on track, when at the same time I can’t avoid the frantic search of the appropriate gifts , I must admit that the comfort of my office or my home to listen to in-depth presentations from 11 critical partners is a pretty compelling offer.

All what I have to do is to book several hours in my calendar on Tuesday and Wednesday , and voila!
But here is the dilemma . There is no way for me to stay 5 hours in a row in front of my computer, listening to presentations . So it’s clear that I have to choose .

So today, I met Kingman Tang from NetApp and invited him to explain to me (and you) what will be his speaking session about on December 15th at 10:00 am PT- By the way I learned that his session is already recorded, so that Kingman can really focused on the questions you will ask through the chat- And this guy  knows what he is talking about ! So it will be the perfect opportunity to come with your specific questions, and be highly productive. Not bad for an hour on the couch !


NetApp and Cisco are teaming up to provide customers with unified, dynamic data center solutions that are based on Cisco’s Unified Computing System and NetApp® Unified Storage Architecture. Cisco and NetApp are working together to certify the combined solution, and the companies will also collaborate on customer support and marketing activities.


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