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What You Should Know About Tech Careers Of The Future

It has been predicted that everything in the future will be connected and “communicate” with one another. There is even a phrase for it – the Internet of Everything (IoE). The impact of these connections is all about improving connected intelligence: the speed of decision-making, innovation with process, products and services and driving sustainability, while also raising standards in healthcare, education and quality of life.


With a projected 25 billion connected devices by 2015 and 50 billion by 2020, how will networks, job roles, and the world as we know it change?

Every industry and company will have new opportunities to create smarter products and services, create more convenience for consumers and begin to bring work-life integration to a whole new level. Finance, manufacturing, retail, oil and gas and every industry you can think of will rise to new standards to be globally relevant and competitive as well as provide safer and more interesting environments to work within.

Career opportunities for new engineers and growth opportunities for existing engineers are vast. The networker’s view is expanding to include many new technologies, and the networker’s responsibilities are expanding to include many new duties. In the future, deployment and operational demands will be stabilized via automation. While devices, traffic, bandwidth, etc. all accelerate, automation enables teams to refocus time and effort in other areas.

Here are three critical areas that must accelerate with our networks:

  1. Automation: Making networks simpler to deploy, operate, and expand.
  2. Innovation: Enabling the ability to leverage new technologies and heighten the impact of IT-driven business improvements.
  3. Education: Providing for not only a deeper understanding of our networks but also a far broader view into our new outcomes that can be obtained when we connect the unconnected and empower our organizations to work together.

We know that technology transitions will change the skills that individuals need to support the networks of tomorrow.  Here’s how:

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Call for Nominations: 2014 Data Virtualization Leadership Awards

The Data Virtualization Leadership Awards recognize organizations for data virtualization initiatives with significant business impact, agility and innovation.

  • Has your organization executed a data initiative with significant business impact, agility or innovation that should be celebrated?
  • Do you know a champion whose efforts have driven data virtualization success in your organization and beyond?

If so, please submit a nomination for the 2014 Data Virtualization Leadership Awards.

The deadline to submit is only 3 weeks away on July 9 so don’t delay.

Award Categories

  • High Impact Award: Recognizing the depth and breadth of the data virtualization impact on the business and to IT.
  • Agility Award: Recognizing speed and flexibility in applying data virtualization for improved business agility.
  • Innovative Solutions Award: Recognizing innovation in executing demanding data integration projects in complex environments.
  • Data Virtualization Champion Award: Recognizing promotion of data virtualization’s value across their organization and in the broader business and IT community.
  • Peter Green 3-3-3 Award: Superior usage and outcomes in practice of the 3-3-3 Data Virtualization use pattern

Winners Recognition

  • Industry recognition of the Organization, Project and Project Leader
  • Participation in the award ceremony, held at the 2014 Data Virtualization Day in New York City
  • Engraved glass sculpture commemorating the achievement
  • Opportunities to speak at a Data Virtualization Day or other events

Rules of Entry

  • You must submit your nominee via e-mail to dvla_nominee@cisco.comby July 9, 2014.
  • Your email must include name, title, company, award, and a paragraph justifying your nomination.
  • Individual companies may nominate themselves in up to two categories. However, it’s best to create tailored versions for each category submitted.
  • Prior year’s winners may apply if they submit a new application for a new or significantly enhanced project.

Learn More

To learn more about Cisco Data Virtualization, check out our Data Virtualization Video Portal.


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Delivering Business Outcomes: When Did You Last Reduce Time To Market?

June 18, 2014 at 5:48 am PST

Working in the Data Center and Cloud Professional Services team in Cisco on cloud and software defined networking, I am sometimes asked “What do you guys in Cisco Services really do?”  [especially by people in my office :-)]  I’ll use Cbeyond, one of our customers who offer differentiated cloud services enabled by Cisco Services, to illustrate.

I could tell you …..

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Application centric infrastructure takes to the stage at SAP SAPPHIRE

June 17, 2014 at 6:00 pm PST

During the exciting atmosphere at  logo

35,000 attendees, customers,  and partners were encouraged to accelerate customer engagement, “simplify everything and do anything”.  IoE and Big Data factored into many breakouts and vendor presentations to show how real time information and analytics can enable efficiency, effectiveness, and business transformation.

The need for fast IT was apparent given the strategic investments SAP HANA customers are making in software and infrastructure to obtain real time analytics, meet regulatory compliance, and run multiple Development, Test, and Productions streams.

I presented our solution on application centric converged infrastructure for SAP HANA  which accelerates application deployment and simplifies  operations through application centric policy.  



This includes:

  • Ensuring secure application infrastructure with auditability for compliance with confidential data
  • Assuring application SLAs can be met when app infrastructure visibility and control are integrated across physical and virtual delivered through a central management and control point
  • Using a powerful application policy model to improve workflows across the IT operations teams.


Among the regulated industry SAP customers, data sovereignty and privacy concerns is a major factor leading to application requirements and changes.

Listen to Miguel Moreira, CEO Portugal Telecom Cloud & Data Centers, talk about working with SAP and Cisco to “deliver highly secure services that meet, exactly, governance requirements while lowering the costs dramatically” to his customers.  How?  With ACI.


For more information see:

VCE Demo of Policy-Based Management on SAP

SAP and Cisco Automate Deployment with Application Centric Infrastructure


Decommissioning Ghost Servers

Uptime Institute recently celebrated the winners of their third annual Server Roundup contest. The contest was launched to spotlight the amount of resources that can be recovered and the amount of waste reduced by decommissioning outdated and underutilized servers. While the results are impressive, the process for identifying these servers was difficult and labor intensive.

2013 Winners:

  • Barclay’s decommissioned 9,124 servers, resulting in savings of 2.5 MWh of energy ($4.5M in power costs), roughly 5,000 Tons of carbon emissions, and $1.3M in legacy hardware maintenance costs, and reclamation of 588 server racks.
  • Sun Life Financial decommissioned 441 servers, resulting in savings of 115 kWh of energy ($100,000 in power costs), roughly 330 Tons of carbon emissions, and reclamation of valuable space in the data center.

All of the 2013 winners finalists shared that they decommissioned between 10% and 40% of their initial servers, and expressed the same sentiments: The cheapest data center is the one you never build. Decommissioning obsolete servers is “free Money”. Make the best use of your space by getting rid of stuff that isn’t being used.

When the 2013 winners were asked what software they used to identify the decommissioned servers, responses varied from tracking via excel spreadsheets and SMDB databases, to polling servers’ back end data with DCIM, to hiring college students to conduct a 3 to 4 month manual Book to Floor audit, then another several months to manually map the applications to the servers using them.

The pain of these outdated and expensive manual processes is what Cisco EnergyWise Suite alleviates for our customers. To anyone who has experienced Cisco EnergyWise Manager, it’s difficult to fathom going back to a system that takes months to implement and execute, and with such a high cost in man hours associated with it.

I applaud all of the hard work and great results these companies have achieved, but imagine how much more efficient they could be if they were leveraging Cisco EnergyWise Suite’s ability to deploy in a matter of hours and:

  • Automatically discover every device that it attached to the network in real time
  • Gain visibility into the energy consumption and utilization of 100% of the devices in the data center
  • Identify energy-inefficient devices
  • Monitor, measure, and manage the energy used by their network-connected devices, regardless of device type or manufacturer
  • Optimize virtualized and cloud computing environments
  • Create policies that automatically and remotely manage power for network-connected devices to cut energy costs

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