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Enterprise Guide to CiscoLive

If you’re headed for CiscoLive! next week, you need a game plan.  There is going to be a lot to see, a lot to do, and a lot to take in – all in under a week.  Below, I’ve got a list for you of some of the best technical sessions to check out and some previously-un-published lightening talks to attend – you’ll be glad you did.  This guide is pretty heavy on the Cloud Connected solutions but you can also get some great ideas on how to keep up with preparing your enterprise for BYOD, the latest in security and a few other important technologies too.  If you’re not going to CiscoLive – there are some ways you can play along at home.  This might actually be preferable if you like keeping up with the latest news in your PJs.

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7 Things to Check Out at Cisco Live San Diego

Photo by John Seymour

Get ready! Cisco Live 2012 kicks off in just a couple of days in San Diego and online  worldwide. With all the speakers, events, and activities to take part in, you might feel like you need a clone to keep up on all the action. Before you begin a biological feat, let me help you narrow down the possibilities with a few recommendations from the Cisco Services team:

1. Looking for some fun? Play the Cisco Pinball at the Smart Services booth in the World of Solutions and you could win a Linksys router or iPad3. You’ll also see 8 different demos of our automated network diagnostics & analysis and Mala Anand, Cisco VP of Technical Support, will be on hand to help answer any questions. You can follow @CiscoPinball on Twitter for more details and check out the pictures below for a sneak peek.  Read More »

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Enabling a Scalable Cloud-Based Model with Cisco WAAS

On my recent road trip from Vancouver to Whistler Village, I was stunned by the breathtaking beauty of British Columbia. Its lush green trees, majestic waterfront fjord, and picturesque hill tops could easily be mistaken as oil paintings by Claude Monet. Along the drive up the Sea-to-Sky Highway, I stopped at a fast food vendor for a quick budget meal only to be captivated by a million dollar view – see my photo on the right.

As I gazed from the rigid mountain top and snowy peaks to the clusters of cumulus clouds floating serenely above, it reminded me of our upcoming launch in San Diego and solutions that Cisco will introduce to enable the world of many clouds.

Last November, Cisco Global Cloud Index forecasted “greater than 50% of all workloads will be processed in the cloud by 2014.” Over one-third of data center traffic, as highlighted in the report, will be cloud based. As a result, download and upload speeds as well as latencies are vital measures to assess network capabilities for cloud readiness.

In a recent Global Cloud Networking Survey conducted by Cisco with more than 1,300 IT professionals, 37% of the respondents cited “a cloud-ready network” as the biggest element in designing an infrastructure for cloud deployments. And from my previous post Journey to Cisco Live San Diego, we identified the key requirements a cloud delivery solution must address. Today, we’ll explore how the Cisco Wide Area Application Services (WAAS) portfolio can help achieve a scalable cloud-based model.

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Cloud Myopia (Pitfall 3: I Can See the Data Center Clearly, but Users Look Blurry )

cloud infrastructure considerations vs. cloud data center considerationsSince my previous posts on cloud anomalies, Cisco did a worldwide survey of 1000+ IT professionals across 13 countries regarding their cloud deployments. The results reinforced challenges with performance and security and confirmed my inklings. However, one statistic was quite surprising. You would think data center is the lynchpin of cloud. However, when asked about the most critical infrastructure for cloud, 37% went for the network vs. 28% for virtualized data center. Well if cloud is all about data center consolidation, virtualization, and elasticity, then what’s the fuss about the network?  Read More »

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Journey to Cisco Live San Diego

Recently, I heard a beautiful Beethoven Quartet Opus 131 piece played in an office not too far from mine. Its rhythm was so tranquil that the notes visually sang in my ears and brought up images of Ike sitting behind Cisco WAAS Central Manager listening to classical music on his headphones. (“Who is Ike?” You may ask. On the surface, Ike is your everyday IT guy that wins the girl’s heart in Ike wins with a vendor you can trust.  Behind the scene, Ike is the hero that keeps productivity high and end-user satisfied, all working together, to propel his organization ahead of the competition.)

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