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Cisco Partner Update: Spring Break Survival Guide

April 1, 2011
at 10:19 am PST

Andrew and I missed our college days so much that we decided to join the spring break revelers and film Partner Update from sunny Coronado Beach in San Diego, California. In this episode, we’ll be delving into such important spring break topics as:

  • SPF 15 vs. SPF 20? Choose the right SPF for you!
  • Survival Guide: What to do if your friends bury you under sand while you’re napping.
  • Salt water – more nutritious than you realize.

Watch our special “Spring Break Survival Guide” edition of Partner Update.

Curious about how to prepare for your upcoming spring break?
April Fools’! With a little camera magic, we only pretended to film from Coronado Beach. But stay tuned, San Diego is the location of Partner Summit 2012, so there may be a special “spring break” edition of Partner Update in our future.

Now, onto the real partner news. Here’s a recap of what we covered in the video:

0:44 – Big cloud news this week
Cisco announced its intent to acquire newScale, a leading provider of software that delivers a service catalog and self-service portal for IT organizations to select and quickly deploy cloud services within their businesses. For full details, check out the press release.

1:06 – Lost Partner Summit footage
We found some lost footage from Partner Summit from tech news site TalkinCloud. The video features Cisco CEO John Chambers and Cisco EVP Robert Lloyd at a press conference in a lively discussion about the new Cloud Partner Program. The rest of this “secret” footage is available here on the Channels blog.

1:56 Partner Central makeover
That’s right, the Industry Solutions pages on Partner Central have gotten a makeover. There are more than 450 new industry resources, plus Partner Marketing Kits accessible from every industry page. Visit the Channels blog for more details.

2:22 – Partner Advisor
A new partner program, Partner Advisor, recently launched and helps new partners get started with Cisco and provides existing partners with non-technical sales pricing, program, and tool support. In addition, partners can chat with a Cisco Partner Advisor agent to find the right resource at the right time to help accelerate sales. Check out all the details here.

2:48 – Good news, Tandberg partners!
Comstor announced that they will be adding the entire Cisco TelePresence portfolio to its offering to partners. According to CRN Canada, “The announcement should provide a platform for former Tandberg partners to quickly integrate into the Cisco channel ecosystem.” Read the full article.

3:02 – Cisco’s switching strategy
In a recent webcast led by John McCool (SVP and GM, Data Center, Switching and Services) he touched on Cisco’s Ethernet switching business and the competitive landscape. A summary of the webcast plus a link to listen to the entire broadcast is available here on the Channels blog.

3:34 – Gadget Corner: Data Center news
This week’s Gadget Corner features new innovations for virtualized and secure cloud-ready environments. We’ve got wire-once, end-to-end data center convergence from server to storage array with director class, multihop FCoE for the Nexus 7000 and MDS 9500 platforms. Read the full details here on the Channels blog. and stay up to date on this topic by visiting our sister blog, Data Center.

3:57 – Tweet of the Week!
And finally, this week’s Tweet of the week comes from Joe Onisick.
“Impromptu #CiscoUCS deep dive white boarding on a napkin over pints. this is where work gets done.” - @jonisick

That’s it for this April Fools’ edition of Partner Update. And remember, if you miss a newscast or want to rewatch, all Partner Update episodes are available on our You Tube playlist.  Until the next time, you stay classy, partners.

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