So I love being an evangelist, which is probably why its good that I am doing what I am. Back when we initially launched Data Center 3.0 we spent a lot of time preaching the virtues of “consolidation, virtualization and automation” and there are times I was certainly felt like I was wandering in the wilderness, but regardless, it was a lot of fun.
Fast forward a couple of years…I was working on an AR/PR deck and I was stuck by how much of what we talked about has turned into shipping product and implementable solutions. While that is cool, what I find even cooler is that that these solutions are not just Cisco-only efforts, but encompass technologies from a broad cross-section of partners. Here are a couple of examples of the kinds of things we are doing with folks that are probably already in your data center. First off, here is a recap of what we are dong with VMware and NetApp on workload mobility--for a more in-depth look, check out this post by Brian Gracely.
Similarly, here is another doc on Integrating Cisco UCS with vSphere Distributed Power Management.
Finally, there is the work we have been doing with with EMC and VMware around Vblocks.