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Management of dynamic virtualized data centers

…fires which are yet to be contained.  I was fortunate to escape the heat in the last week of August and attend VMWorld 2011. One of the themes at the conference was Desktop Virtualization – desktop access through a range of devices and access to cloud-based virtual machines. This is a timely issue in light of the June Cisco Visual Networking Index report which predicted that there will be twice as many networked devices as people on earth…

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VMworld Vegas 2011 Recap

Last week the Cisco team embarked on VMworld 2011 event in Las Vegas. For me, it was fun catching up with many of my friends from VMware, Wyse, Citrix (Kaviza, RingCube), and Atlantis Computing while building new connections with folks from AppSense, RES Software, and Teradici just to name a few. The virtualization ecosystem seems strong and healthy. And with a record-breaking +24,000 attendees, its apparent that this “virtualization stuff…

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Partner Update Newscast Delivers a Fresh Batch of Top Cisco Stories

…at customers can benefit from Borderless Networks solutions, out with HP and in with Xerox print solutions, our VMworld update, and much more that you don’t want to miss. Watch it all right here: Keep reading for a list of links and a written transcript of our newscast. 0:18 We know what you did this summer! We admit it: we were stalking Cisco partners to find out what you were up to. And we learned some interesting things! Our friends…

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Conversations about Cloud – “What is Self-Service IT?”

…conversation enough times with customers that I find it useful to bring it to the blog community. Last week at VMworld 2011, I had the opportunity to spend quite a bit of time speaking with customers and partners about Intelligent Automation and what it means for IT to deliver self-service capabilities to their customers (internal, contractors, etc.). During the conversations, a number of questions came up over and over again: Q – We&#8217…

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VMworld 2011 – Soni Jiandani Sums Up Cisco Innovations

…d”, Soni Jiandani gave me a couple of minutes to sum up the Cisco innovations announced and on display at VMworld 2011. Some things Soni mentions: Cisco UCS achieved the highest score ever recorded for the VMware VMmark 2.1 benchmark with a 21% performance advantage over other identical server core count. Introduction of the Virtual eXtensible LAN protocol jointly developed by Cisco and VMware, Broadcom, Arista, Red Hat, and Citrix and…

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