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Signing Off From VMworld

September 19, 2008
at 12:00 pm PST

imageWhat a hectic but fun week at VMworld. The show finally ended yesterday, they were turning out the lights and ripping up the carpet and we still had folks lined up for Nexus 1000V demos--gotta love that.So, beyond the buzz around VN-Link and the Nexus 1000V, we had significant traffic to a number of the demo pods:Considering the audience, its not surprising that there was a lot of interest in the joint development work we have been doing with VMware to accelerate VDI traffic. The net results is a 60-70% increase in performance. You can get more details here.imageOne of the things that will have some interesting implications down the road is making NX-OS our single data center operating system. We now have single OS that spans switching (Nexus 5K/7K), storage (MDS) and servers (Nexus 1000V). As noted in an earlier post, NX-OS 4.1 was part of our Best of Show award for New Technology.Finally, there was significant interest in the unified fabric/FCoE pod. So, we now have the Emulex, Intel and QLogic adaptors on the ESX HCL, was have FCoE support in ESX 3.5-U2, and we expect EMC certification in October. The interesting thing was a shift in the questions we were getting from”what” and”why?” (which is what we have been getting) to”how”, so it seems like folks are starting to get comfortable with the concept and starting to understand the benefits.Somewhere out there, there is a slot machine with my name on it, so, signing-off for now…

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