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This weekend my little sis and I re-watched Best in Show. This 2000 gem from Christopher Guest is a gentle mocumentary of the personalities you’d find at a dog show. We got some laughs as we watched the dialog between the commentators – one who was supposed to be quite knowledgeable on dogs, and one who was clueless and said things like:

Now tell me, which one of these dogs would you want to have as your wide receiver on your football team? 

I especially liked the above because it is pretty random and the response from the other commentator was great. I thought about it this morning since the NFL draft is tonight (go Niners!) and was thinking about Best In Show overall since we have our own competition coming up in a few weeks.

If you heard the buzz from Cisco Partner Central last week you know that in the next few weeks we’re launching [REDACTED]. Part of that launch will be Cisco AppNav, a cool feature that I’m excited to say is a finalist for the Best of Interop: Performance Optimization award.

While I can’t tell you too much about it here, we can say that Cisco AppNav is a virtualization technology that enables customers to deliver high performance applications at scale from the cloud or enterprise data center. IT can use AppNav to address performance challenges created by BYOD, Cloud, and Virtual Desktops. In the next several weeks, Cisco will announce additional details about AppNav.

Going to Interop? Here Is Your Guide!

If you plan to attend Interop, visit the Cisco booth #1127 and ask about AppNav for a sneak preview!  You’ll also want to check out the panel session “Breakthroughs in Network and Application Optimization” hosted by Dr. Jim Metzler with Cisco’s own Kumar Ramachandran, Director of Product Management.  If you’ve seen Jim give talks before, you’ll know you’re in for a treat.  He is quite smart, funny, and engaging.  And luckily, Kumar is equally smart, funny, and engaging, with the added bonus that he might preview AppNav during the session.  The session is near the beginning of Interop on Tuesday, May 8 at 3:45pm in Lagoon J.

If you’re planning your schedule for Interop, may I suggest you attend the following highlights of Interop:

Tuesday

May 8

Keynote with Padmasree Warrior, Cisco CTO: In It To Win It!
    • 8:30 AM
The Guide to Holistic BYOD Avoid turning “Bring Your Own Device” into “Bring Your Own Disaster.” Learn about the critical steps for planning a successful BYOD design and implementation
    • 10:15 AM
Three Ways to Make Your Enterprise Branch-WAN Network Cloud Intelligent  Join Cisco to hear how a Cloud Intelligent Network can extend your Data Center to deliver optimized, reliable, and secure cloud solutions
Get Your Network Cloud-Ready (One of two)  A new approach is needed. Join Cisco to hear how a Cloud Intelligent Network can extend your Data Center to deliver optimized, reliable, and secure cloud solutions. [Short Session]
    • 1 PM
    • Booth #1127
Breakthroughs in Network and Application Optimization Discusses some of the most promising new developments relative to optimizing network & application performance.
    • 3:45 PM
    • Lagoon J
    • With Jim Metzler & Kumar Ramachandran

Wednesday

May 9

Carrier Cloud Forum ½ day workshop will provide high-quality education and peer-to-peer interaction on building a cloud infrastructure that is manageable and billable, ensuring high-performance security and service quality to meet SLA demands, recognizing best practices for packaging and monetizing XaaS services and applications, and learning what works and what does not for vertical industry customization.
    • 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM 
    • Lagoon D
    • Incl. Speaker Pat Adamiak, Sr. Director, Cloud Solutions Marketing, Cisco
Get Your Network Cloud-Ready
    • 12:30 PM
    • Booth #1127
What Does it Take in the Network to Support the Creation and Migration of VMs? It can take days to manually configure parameters such as QoS settings and ACLs in order to support the dynamic movement of VMs. The panelists in this session will identify the techniques such as VXLAN that you can implement to seamlessly move VMs between servers.
    • 3:15 PM
    • Lagoon J
    • Jim Metzler
    • Prashant Gandhi, Senior Director, Service Access Virtualization Technical Group, Cisco

Thursday

May 10

How BYOD is Driving Change in the Campus Network The drivers of change in the campus network include the requirement to support a significant increase in video traffic, the need to support the movement of virtual machines within the campus data center and the burgeoning movement to bring your own device (BYOD). The panelists in this session will discuss technologies and design options that you can use to redesign your campus LANs.
    • 11:30 AM
    • Lagoon J
    • Jim Metzler
    • Joel Connover

Not Going?

Of course, if you aren’t attending Interop you can still hear Jim’s engaging style by watching a recording of a webinar he did with us recently, All Systems Optimized: Preparing Your Network for Virtualization and BYOD or register for his next webinar on May 15, All Systems Optimized II: How IT Can Respond To Rapidly Changing Application Needs.

Finally, given the quote at the top, I’ve been thinking of the Networks / Football analogy.  Of course, the ISR G2 routers would be the star Quarterback.  For our WAN Optimization solution, WAAS, we have a choice between three of the traditionally fastest positions on the team who support the QB:


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