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Summer's coming to a close and Cisco partners have been doing much more than just hanging by the pool. They've been busy working on some very cool projects!

In this episode of Partner Update, we find out why Cisco partner Force 3 has been spending time with competitive eating champion Joey Chestnut and learn about a new blog series from Logicalis called Hype or Ripe.

But there's a lot more in this action-packed newscast, so watch this week's Partner Update to get a math lesson from Cisco Channels Chief Edison Peres, find out how architecture-based solutions can maximize ROI for customers and help ensure partner profitability, learn how Westcon Group is removing obstacles to global distribution, get the latest details from Forrester Consulting on ways that customers can benefit from Borderless Networks solutions, out with HP and in with Xerox print solutions, our VMworld update, and much more that you don't want to miss.

Watch it all right here:

Keep reading for a list of links and a written transcript of our newscast.

0:18
We know what you did this summer!

We admit it: we were stalking Cisco partners to find out what you were up to. And we learned some interesting things! Our friends over at Force 3 recently snagged competitive eating champion Joey Chestnut to star in one of their commercials while Logicalis launched a new Hype or Ripe series on their blog.

Check out the details on these stories along with all of the other cool stuff that our partners have been up to. And be sure to let us know what you've been doing so we can include it in our next update.

1:18
Channels Chief Edison Peres shares his top-of-mind thoughts + a math lesson

We caught up with Edison Peres this week for a quick lesson on how Cisco is investing more than ever in our partners, our commitment to partner enablement, profitability and differentiation.

See why Edison says that 1+1=3 in his video and blog post.

1:30
How can partners thrive with Cisco Architectures?

Last week, we had a lively session on the topic of architecture-based solutions and ways partners can ensure maximum ROI for customers. During the session, we met with two Learning Partners: George Churchwell, CEO of Tech2000, and Pat Bodin, CEO of Firefly. We also heard from Andres Sintes, Global Director of Cisco's Worldwide Learning Partner Channel. We even learned about great mobile options that mean you can take classes from anywhere.

If you missed the broadcast, be sure to check out the full recap and replay video.

1:59
Westcon helping Cisco partners with global distribution

We also got the chance to chat with Bill Hurley of Cisco partner Westcon Group. He told us how Comstor (their distributor business unit) is now offering comprehensive support for the Global Partner Network for the TelePresence Distributor as Agent track.

Comstor is helping partners execute on a global scale by removing obstacles typically associated with global distribution. Learn more and find out how this can impact your business.

2:24
Forrester Consulting will help you quantify your Borderless Networks investments

On Tuesday, September 13, Forrester Consulting and Cisco will be presenting a live webcast "Quantify Your Borderless Networks Technology Investments." You'll learn how to show business impact from your network as well as case studies showing how organizations have benefited from Cisco Borderless Networks. Register today.

2:43
Xerox Managed Print Servers mean partners and customers can print anywhere

While we’re on the topic of Borderless Networks and their anytime, anywhere, on any device mantra, Cisco recently made a move to replace its current HP print services with Xerox Managed Print Services. This means that Cisco employees no longer have any barriers to printing when they’re on the road.

But don’t feel left out - partners have the same ability to bring new capabilities in print management and cloud IT outsourcing to customers. Find out how in this blog entry.

3:09
VMworld and Cisco forcast clouds and virtualization solutions

At VMworld last week, VMware and Cisco announced a new-fangled technology innovation: an enhancement to their combined virtualization solutions that help customers accelerate their journey to the cloud.

The companies also announced enhancements to several desktop virtualization and cloud infrastructure solutions designed to boost scalability, security and performance. Click here for more details.

3:28
How to cope with Partner Update withdrawals

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3:45
Tweet of the Week

Our Tweet of the Week comes from Cisco partner @netcraftsmen:
Chesapeake NetCraftsmen now has all 3 of Cisco's Architectural specializations: Borderless Networks, Collaboration, & Data Center!

Great work and congrats!

Well, that brings us to the close of yet another Partner Update. If you missed a newcast, you can watch past episodes of Partner Update here.

See you again in two weeks. Until then, you stay classy, partners!

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