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CiscoLive 2012 and the FCoE Groundswell

As the Product Manager for Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), I often get asked some of the hard questions about how the technology works. Sometimes I get asked the easy questions. Sometimes — like two nights ago — I get asked if the standards for FCoE are done. I’m not kidding. My own expectations for discussing FCoE were focused around the topics and conversations that we’ve been seeing over the last year, since the last Cisco L…

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Cisco Live: From the Presenter’s Prospective

This week was Cisco Live 2012 in San Diego and I had the pleasure of being able to present to our customers, clients and partners on the topic of FCoE.   There’s probably quite a few blogs and tweets about product launches, announcements from all parts of the ecosystem.  Any many of you, my readers probably sat in quite a few sessions  and walked the World of Solutions.  In this entry, I’m not going to talk about what I presented on,…

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Cisco Open Network Environment, Explained

Let’s cut to the chase–you have probably wondering “what is Cisco going to do about SDN and OpenFlow?” Well, probably more than you expect, but before we get into that, I would respectfully suggest you are asking the wrong question. Cisco Open Network Environment (Cisco ONE) was created to deliver a specific capability to our customers: providing direct programmatic access to Cisco infrastructure.  As we were vetting this conc…

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Cloud a Hot Topic at CiscoLive!

It’s that time of year again when we all gather for Cisco Live US to share the latest and greatest in the world of IT and networking. This year the event is being held in San Diego, and there are 17,000 in-person attendees—a new record! One of my favorite things about Cisco Live is that I have a chance to interact one-on-one with customers, partners, and analysts. When I do, the topic of the cloud invariably is on their minds. Of course many alr…

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Cisco Live, Day 1

So, I wrapped up CiscoLive Day 1 with a chance to catch up at the end of the day with Fred Nix of EMC (@NixFred) and Vaughn Stewart of NetApp (@vStewed). While the conversation covered a number of topics, not all them appropriate for a corporate blog, we did commit this part of the conversation to tape.  I think this segment  highlights a couple of things.  First, how our ecosystem of data center partners is second to none–these guys are rock s…

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