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The Cloud Networking Landscape – Survey Results From over 1300 Networkers [INFOGRAPHIC]

 The 2012 Cisco Global Cloud Networking Survey, which includes participants from more than 1,300 IT decision makers in 13 countries, was commissioned to measure the adoption of cloud services by IT professionals globally, while examining potential challenges to their cloud migrations.  Below, we take a deeper look at some of the positive, negative, and strange aspects to come out of the survey.

On the positive side, 73% of respondents felt they have enough information to begin their private or public cloud deployments. This leaves 27% who claim to feel more knowledgeable about how to play Angry Birds than the steps needed to migrate their company to the cloud. While Angry Birds is a fun game to play, this wan’t the strangest result from this research. Read More »

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Optimized Guide to Cisco at #CitrixSynergy

If you’re headed to CitrixSynergy this week, what do you hope to learn? You already know the big themes in technology these days – bring-your-own-device (BYOD), desktop virtualization, and cloud. What Cisco brings to Synergy are some great talks and demos that will help IT folks turn their VirtuBYODCloud initiatives into investments that will help them deliver flexible, efficient, and secure services to their users.  You can also look at CitrixSynergy’s Tips For First-Timers which seems pretty good.

Cisco and Citrix have what some would call a special relationship.  At Cisco’s booth [#202 in Moscone West] we’ll have quite a few great lightening talks showcasing how Cisco and Citrix technologies work together – from Optimizing Citrix HDX with Cisco WAAS to Secure Mobility for BYOD without Compromise.  Here is the full theater talk schedule:

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Integrating IPv6 Into Your Network: Five Steps for Building Your IPv6 Address Plan

When I was younger and faced with a large problem, I tended to shy away from the problem and take other paths to avoid the issue in the hope that the issue either got smaller or ideally went away.  I’m finding that as an adult, you cannot always do that.  Some issues just will not go away no matter how hard you try to avoid them or how creative your excuses get for why they are not important right now.

Integrating IPv6 into your network is one of those issues.  It is a large problem that impacts all areas of what goes on in the IT shop – network, security, applications, content, operating systems, etc.  The key to making an integration successful is to make sure that representatives from all IT organizations participate and contribute to the project and to approach the problem by breaking it into manageable chunks.

Step 1: Don’t panic.  Read More »

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Interop Las Vegas 2012: Two Big Things To Know about Cisco Switching

Interop Las Vegas is next week. Over 100 sessions will take place, covering a wide range of IT challenges led by cloud, mobility and security. Padmasree Warrior, CTO, SVP Engineering & GM Enterprise Business  of Cisco, will deliver the first conference keynote speech titled “Cisco Innovation: In It to Win It” on Tuesday May 8. What else can you expect from Cisco, specifically from Cisco switching?

Before I get to that, I’ll share with you a recent conversation that I had with a Cisco customer.

Steven Song: We are collecting customer feedback on Cisco switching.
Cisco customer: Sure.
Steven Song: On a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest, how do you rank Cisco switching?
Cisco customer: 6.
Steven Song: Can you please explain?
Cisco customer: Cisco switches are extremely stable. I put them in and they just run and run. They perform way beyond my expectations. I can do a lot of things with them, like segmenting the  networks for different user groups and controlling which business applications get higher priorities.

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Insiders Guide to Optimization at Interop

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.

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