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It’s Hot in Las Vegas, But All About Cloud in the Cloud Partner Pavilion

July 13, 2011
at 10:15 am PST

It’s 100+ degrees (that’s almost 40 degrees Celcius) in Las Vegas without a cloud in the sky, so you might imagine that lounging in an air-conditioned casino would be ideal for most folks. But for the techies attending Cisco Live this week, the Cloud Partner Pavilion was the coolest place to hang out.

I walked through the Pavilion and chatted with a number of Cisco partners who were showing off cloud solutions, products, a variety of services for customers as well as some B2B and white label services for partners, too.

Many thanks to the many Cisco partners who chatted with us and we look forward to catching up with as many as we can this week.

Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers also dropped by to talk with partners. We’ve got photos from his visit and more about the partners in the Cloud Partner Pavilion.

There was also some cloud-related news that hit the wire this morning.

The big news? Cisco is announcing new technology to increase the efficiency and security of cloud-based networks. Cisco will be expanding networking capabilities of its Unified Computing System with new Fabric Interconnects, a new Virtual Interface Card, and a new chassis I/O module. Together, these additions significantly extend the agility, scalability and performance of UCS-based data centers and cloud environments. Read the news details on Cisco’s news site The Network.

Our Tour of the Cloud Partner Pavilion

BT Global Services
Simon Farr at BT shared with me how the company’s infrastructure can deliver high-value, high-performance solutions on a global scale, focusing on unified communications and collaboration. He demonstrated a global HUX offering with Cisco – a real first in the marketplace – and a full portfolio of UCC with things like audio conferencing, Web conferencing, and solutions in the TelePresence space, too.

NEC Cloud Services
We chatted with NEC, which offers a suite of services that brings customers from where they are today toward the cloud, helping them to realize the benefits. NEC offers a combination of managed services and cloud services, allowing customers to establish a baseline and providing a clear path of migration.

Sungard
Karen Falcone of Sungard shared with us that they just got their Master MSCP designation (congrats!). As a cloud provider with Cisco they’ll be utilizing their MSCP status to work with Cisco resellers.

Infocrossing, a Wipro Company
We stopped by Infocrossing, a Wipro company, where Johannes Tsirdis chatted with us about Dynamically Adaptive Infrastructure, its infrastructure as a service. Infocrossing and Wipro have been in the service provisioning space for over 25 years and have provisioned services on mainframes and open systems, so topics like performance and security in the cloud is familiar territory.

Terremark
Terremark showed off its customer environment for the enterprise cloud. It’s a console the company makes available to all of its customers and is based on CPU and memory resources. They don’t sell virtual machines to customers, but customers can buy a pool of resources and carve those up as they see fit, according to Terremark’s Jim Anthony.  The environment includes private IPs, private load balancer, firewall, and all the goodies you’d expect from an enterprise-class solution.

NaviSite
Lastly, we talked to Craig Sandman at Navisite, and he kept with the cloud theme as well. NaviSite manages a cloud computing infrastructure, so they sell infrastructure as a service (IaaS). They also sell application management as a service, all layered on top of UCS.

Stay tuned: We’ve got lots more interviews with partners from Cisco Live, as well as news, information, and highlights from the conference, so keep checking back here on the Channels blog for more updates.

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