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Financial Analyst Conference 2008: Virtualization

John McCool, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Data Center, Switching and Services Group, provides a snapshot of what he will be discussing at the Financial Analyst Conference. Read more about today’s announcement of the Nexus 1000V, a virtual networking switch, here.Also, please take a look at our joint announcement with VMware here.

Financial Analyst Conference 2008: The Next Wave of Collaboration

Don Proctor, Senior Vice President, Software Group, gives a sneak peek of his FAC presentation, and also speaks about the future of collaboration.

Financial Analyst Conference 2008: John Chambers

In preparation for the Financial Analyst Conference, I sat down with several executives before the event to get a feel for what’s on their mind heading into the conference, and more broadly, what they are looking forward to in FY09.To start things off, I sat down with Chairman and CEO John Chambers, who spoke about what he’ll be covering in his opening presentation, as well as what he envisions for Cisco in FY09.Keep checking in here today for more video blog updates.Also, please do note that a webcast of the Financial Analyst Conference is available here.

Yao Ming on Visual Networking

It is hard to believe that scarcely more than a month has passed since the Beijing Olympics. The spectacle and glory of the games was made real to billions of people in the world through the power of video. Many of us experienced a view of China for the first time that was, simply, breathtaking in both its sheer beauty as well as the sense of economic development. Indeed several of my colleagues provided both industry and personal reflections on the event and the role networking played in the enjoyment and impact of the game.Two of the hottest stories around the Olympics were around basketball -with 20/20 hindsight, I have to give a shout-out to the”Redeem Team” — and the role of Internet. Before the games, Yao Ming, one of the biggest stories in basketball, was good enough to share his reflections on his career, the game, and visual networking through a multi-point TelePresence interview I did with him, the New York sports press, and Chinese reporters (during a television broadcast). Please enjoy the reflections of a global superstar on his sport and technology.

Everything You’ve Always Wanted to Know About the Data Center But Were Afraid to Ask

Quentin Hardy pens the cover story in the latest issue of Forbes on our data center strategy. Entitled “Cisco’s Next Big Bet,” Hardy writes a very digestible piece about huge data centers as “the hot spot in technology.” Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers is quoted as saying, “The organization with the best vision of the market, from dashboard to product to strategy, will win.” I’m certainly betting on Cisco as that organization.