This week in Partner Update, Andrew and I cover a variety of topics, from ways to help partners differentiate to huge WebEx deals to B2B social media tips. And a lot more.
This time around, we also test out QR codes, a new way for you to get more information about the topics we cover. QR, short for quick response, is a barcode that you’ll see along with the URLs in our videos. To take advantage of the codes, simply download a QR code reader for your mobile phone (I used i-nigma for the iPhone).
When you see the QR code box appear on the bottom-right side of the video, simply open the app and snap the image using your reader. The reader will then automatically take you to a specified site or resource. We hope you like this new feature. Let us know what you think.
Now, let’s get to some news…
And, if you’re not a fan of QR codes, no problem. Keep reading for a text summary with links and timestamps so you can follow along with what we covered in this newscast.
Cisco Unified Computing System Receives Top Ranking
When we announced UCS, people were lining up at the door to tell us it would never succeed. And here we are two years later, ranked #3 globally in the x86 Blade Server Space, according to IDC. How’s that for proving our critics wrong?
FlexPod: Science Fiction or Cool Design Architecture?
FlexPod is now available through 120 channel partners worldwide! While a FlexPod sounds like some kind of futuristic spacecraft, it’s actually a design architecture combining networking, computing and storage infrastructure to help customers increase data center efficiencies. More than 150 customers have adopted it so far. Read all about it on our Channels blog.
Attending Citrix Synergy: Virtualization, Video, and Prizes
At last week’s Citrix Synergy event in San Francisco, Cisco won the 2011 Citrix Ready Business Solution of the Year for the Cisco Desktop Virtualization Solution with Citrix ZenDesktop.
What did the Channels blog team see and do at the event?
- Well, we talked to Rich Brompton of MTM technologies who gave us a rundown of FlexPod’s capabilities.
- From blades to video IP phones to Ciuses (Ciusi?), we took a tour of Cisco’s booth at Citrix Synergy to see all of the products and technologies.
- We also sat in on a panel covering the use of virtual desktops for Seattle Children’s hospital. Stay tuned for that full recap and video on the Channels blog next week.
Microsoft Solutions Help You Differentiate
You now have more ways to differentiate with our new Microsoft Solutions. These new solutions allow you to offer your customers Microsoft-based private cloud, data warehouse, or OLTP configurations based on shipping Cisco UCS server and Nexus networking products. Three standalone, discrete reference architectures are now available.
Don’t Miss Big WebEx Deals for Partners: 90% Off!
But if that didn’t capture your interest, maybe this sweet deal will. Until July 31st, partners can take advantage of updates to the WebEx Everywhere program which means you get WebEx Meeting Center + WebEx Connect IM for $5 per user per month. That’s 90% off of list price!
Mythbusting: What You Should Know About the Network
We continue our coverage of SiliconAngle’s Myths of the Good-Enough Network weekly blog series featuring seven tall tales and common misconceptions around the network. If you think a “good-enough” network can work for today’s data-intensive applications, you’ll definitely want to read these blogs.
Rockin’ Your Smart Grid Practice
Partners who want to rock their Cisco Smart Grid practice should check out the Authorized Connected Grid Partner Program. It offers:
- Market differentiation as a recognized Cisco Authorized Connected Grid Partner
- Access to the Cisco Smart Grid Planning Design and Implementation Help Desk
- Access to the Cisco Emerging Technology Partner Resource Center
- Specially priced Cisco Connected Grid Lab Kit
The Formula for Creating Awesome B2B Blogs
My fellow Channels blogger Kalpana Ettenson and I have about 30 years of combined writing and we’re using our years of experience help you! In our latest installment of the Social Media Spotlight series, we share 8 tips for writing an engaging blog entry. With these tips, you’ll be writing your own awesome blogs in no time.
We also said we’d share blogs from our partners. And these partners posted their blog URLs on our Facebook page. Got a blog? Share yours in the comments and we could feature it in an upcoming newscast.
Tweet of the Week
#CA Southern Africa becomes first vendor with certified solutions for Virtual Computing Environment (VCE) http://bit.ly/klZLTX #Vblock. Congratulations CA Southern Africa!
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Until next time, you stay classy partners!