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Interop 2008

It’s that time of year again, trade-show season! Interop has always been one of my favorites- I guess it’s the technical roots of it. Interop started back as Networld and Interop. One more of a trade show, the other an interesting technical challenge and exercise. Back when Interop started no one was certain which protocols would win, whether bridging or routing was the way to go, whether it would be Ethernet, ATM, Token Ring, or FDDI/CDDI to the desktop, etc. What Interop did was force multiple vendors to work together to build a network to support the show floor in a matter of days. There were also interoperability tests of new protocols and such between multiple vendors hardware, software, protocols, etc. In the end it became a gathering place for 20,000+ network professionals to see what worked, what didn’t, hear about the latest and greatest… Read More »

Administrative Professionals Week

I know this is completely off-topic, but I just wanted to take a minute to recognize the great work my executive administrator does. Diane McSweeney is as good as they get -- the reason I have time to write on this blog is because she manages me with an iron fist and sometimes a goading smile. She took a week off these past few days, but still managed to ensure that I will be meeting with as many of you as possible next week at Interop. Diane, a very public thank you for being a great part of Cisco’s Data Center team and making all of us have a bit of fun!

Silos Belong on the Farm

April 24, 2008 at 12:00 pm PST

Another vendor reportedly made the following statement:”We should leave [virtualization] control to the server guy and leave the network to the networking guy. That’s an easier approach to swallow.” I found this to be a curious statement and somewhat ironic, considering it was a networking vendor who said this. Read More »

Interop Las Vegas 2008

Just a quick invite to everyone to drop by our booth at Interop next week. We will have demonstrations of FCoE, the Nexus 5000, Nexus 7000, and our virtualized Application networking technologies as well. I’ll be running around at a few presentations on Data Center as well as a fun panel on 10Gb Ethernet and where the technology is heading, then drop by and do some booth duty. I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible next week, travel safe if you are joining us.dg

WAN Optimization getting Hot

The number of competitors left standing gets smaller, WAN Optimization heats up. In the current market economy technologies that save money, very tangibly will most likely do well- WAN Optmization, Data De-Duplication, etc have a nice outlook. Gaining market share in downturned economic climates is often a good strategy as you can gain footprint and the business is well poised during the regression to the growth mean over time.dg Read More »