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Intel Developer Forum: Unified Computing, New Blade Servers, and Fun

September 20, 2010
at 12:00 pm PST

Intel Developer Forum (IDF) took place last week in San Francisco—this annual event brings together developers, designers, engineers, and a host of others looking to innovate and discuss challenges, best practices, and solutions. Cisco was a Gold Sponsor this year, hosting a booth with four demo stations.

I got the chance to make the trek to IDF (not a big hike for me, since I live in San Francisco) to take a look at how Cisco got involved this year and to scope out info for partners.

First I met with Jon Markee and Rob Kypriotakis, two of Intel's Technical Marketing Engineers, who discussed how Intel is working with Cisco and its partners to enable new technologies in networking, such as 10GB Ethernet at a low price point. I also chatted with Scott Ciccone, Cisco's Product Marketing Manager, who talked about the complexity that virtualization has introduced, and how Cisco's Unified Computing System addresses challenges in the data center.

In addition, Scott filled me in on Cisco's announcement of the UCS B230 M1 Blade Server, one of the industry's highest density systems on the market today. This two-socket, Intel-based server delivers high performance and density in a compact, half-width form factor.

Keep reading to learn about the Cius' role at IDF as well as an innovative video contest Intel and Cisco ran at the event...

In addition to the Cisco Cius playing a big part in the event (thanks to being highlighted during Intel VP Doug Davis' keynote), Flip Minos were given away as part of a "Share Your Experience" video contest. Attendees were asked to record their show floor experiences, edit their videos using FlipShare, then upload them using Cisco's Focal Point software. The videos were then judged, and a grand prize winner was announced.

So how did it all shake out? The winning video captured Data Center from a "newbie" perspective and injected a bit of humor as well. Take a look for yourself.

All in all, it was an enlightening experience hearing about how data center technology is critical to the day-to-day operations of business today. Did you get a chance to attend IDF? Be sure to share some of what you learned in the comments.

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