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#CiscoChampion Radio S1|Ep 26 MDS for Small to Cloud-Scale Data Centers

cisco_champions BADGE_200x200#CiscoChampion Radio is a podcast series by Cisco Champions as technologists. Today we’re talking with Cisco Product Marketing Manager Prashant Jain, about MDS for Small to Cloud-Scale Data Centers. Amy Lewis (@CommsNinja) moderates and Patrick Swackhammer is this week’s Cisco Champion guest host.

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Cisco SME
Prashant Jain, Cisco Product Marketing Manager

Cisco Champion
Patrick Swackhammer, @swackhap, Lead Systems Engineer

Highlights
New MDS products and solutions
How MDS family of switches can be integrated in an automated orchestrated way
Use cases for MDS
What is smartzoning
IO Accelerator

Transcript
gmitch64 Are there any other differences, or is the 9148S just a 9148 that does 16G and drops 1G?
gmitch64 2G sorry
bwhaynes Just an FYI…see the SAN Innovation Announcement webcast for August 12th
gmitch64 Will the new management features of the 9148S appear on the older 9148 switches? Is it just software, or is it ASIC specific?
CommsNinja Good questions here--who else?
Guest 15 When will Smart Zoning be on the Nexus 5ks? Have a lot of customers using N5ks for FC/FCoE but also some some 9500s/9700s as core but can’t use it
LaurenFriedman I had to step away a bit…. but have we discussed use cases?
prashantjain prasjain@cisco.com
CommsNinja Good question Lauren
gmitch64 Didn’t NX-OS come as a code branch from SAN-OS?
Guest 15 Tech Note on smartzoning
bwhaynes A funky little question…Q: Do you have a favourite storage protocol(ie. FCoE, FCIP..)
Swack_ @bwhaynes
gmitch64 FC rules…
Guest 15 some more good info on it -- MDS 9100 Series PDF
gmitch64 poific
Guest 15 What kind of adoption rate is Cisco seeing with FCoE? We try to push this a lot but run into political issues between LAN/SAN teams
chris_nickl i’ve done a few FCoE installs, and so have my other PS colleagues
Guest 15 we have done a fair amount as well but could be doing a lot more if SAN/LAN teams played nice
WackoRobie I missed the answer on the SmartZoning in mixed MDS/Nexus realm.
chris_nickl although these are typically either greenfield, or new solutions being added in and using that as the catalyst for FCoE
prashantjain Catalyst 6500 Series
bwhaynes are terabytes now old school and petabytes are now the unit d’jour? How big are data centres getting these days?
gmitch64 Out here in the Midwest, I’ve still not seen any FCoE deployments -- on a small smaple I admit
chris_nickl TB is still pretty standard, but i am seeing more PB showing in the larger environments.
gmitch64 I think TBs are still the norm… we went from 20TB to 50TB a couple of years ago… we’re upgrading to allow expansion to 400TB
Swack_ wow
gmitch64 of course, I have 80TB in my basement at home
chris_nickl now i will say for anybody in the US, you’d be amazed at the number of Petabytes the DoD branches are using… in fact there are exabytes in some case
Swack_ serious gmitch?
WackoRobie We are FCOE and we pushing a PB.
CommsNinja You can buy that at the grocery store these days. Insane!
gmitch64 @chris and how much does the NSA have in Utah?
bwhaynes I cant wait until we get to yottabytes (did Jim Henson create that?)
gmitch64 @swack Oh, I am serious
gmitch64 quicky puts phone on mute…
prashantjain HCSC
prashantjain Molina
gmitch64 Good call today… learned about smart zoning.. never heard of it before.
ciscokima Nicely done, all.

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#CiscoChampion Radio S1|Ep 25 Collaboration

cisco_champions BADGE_200x200#CiscoChampion Radio is a podcast series by Cisco Champions as technologists. Today we’re talking with Vice President, Collaboration Marketing at Cisco, Peder Ulander. Amy Lewis (@CommsNinja) moderates and Brad Haynes and Nicholas Marus are this week’s Cisco Champion guest hosts.

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Cisco SMEs
Peder Ulander, @ulander, Vice President, Collaboration Marketing at Cisco
Kim Austin, @ciscokima, Marketing Manager

Cisco Champions
Brad Haynes, @GK_bradhaynes, Client Solutions Specialist
Nicholas Marus, @nmarus, Collaboration Team Lead

Highlights
Current state of Cisco Collaboration
How current business environment and new work style drive Collaboration solutions
Building a workflow around a human
Driving simplicity for users
New DX Desktop Series

Transcript
bnarcum How is the Collaboration architecture working with other functional areas at Cisco like IoT/IoE?
ciscokima Most simply, all of the architectures build on the same network foundation.
swackhap How much “all wireless” are you seeing in the enterprise space now?
bnarcum Thanks Kim. Do you think simplicity needs to be the biggest focus in order to drive wide-scale adoption of collaboration technology?
CommsNinja Internet of Humans!
@gallifreyan I still think we should’ve called it the Internet of Stuff (IoS)
swackhap so iOS devices are part of the IoS that connecting using Cisco routers running IOS. Right?
Guest 12 so we put iOS devices on your IoS and route/secure it with IOS
bwhaynes any other questions?
vmcutlip Monthly Reoccurring Revenue always beats out a single purchase sales cycle
ciscokima @ulander

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Value of Cisco Certifications: Making Money Vs. Study

Imagine that you see a Tweet today inviting you to apply for a part-time networking job, something you can do in addition to your normal job. You appear to be qualified for the job, and the work looks interesting as well. However, it requires enough of your time so that you would have to set aside your current professional development plans, including study for that next Cisco certification. The job lasts one year.

Would you take the job, setting aside your certification plans for a year? How much money would you need to make in that job before it would entice you to abandon your learning and certification plans for a year?

This post works through a couple of ideas (like the above) about how to quantify the value of a certification. Many people expect that more skills and certifications will give them more Read More »

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Is Networking Cool — Again? Yup!

I don’t think that anyone can deny that being in the IT industry at this time is exciting and interesting. It’s also exhausting. There is a ton of hyperbole floating about on Twitter and the Blogosphere concerning the need for network engineers to become programmers, and that ‘whatever’ technology du jour is only minutes away from capturing the market and being the de-facto standard. Oh by the way, all networking gear will be white box gear too — didn’t you hear? I’ve tried to NOT write a post that I fear will be read and dismissed as mere rhetoric, but here I am anyway.

As of late, I’ve had the awesome opportunity to work with some very cool customers who are Read More »

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#CiscoChampion Radio S1|Ep 24 Identity Services Engine (ISE)

cisco_champions BADGE_200x200#CiscoChampion Radio is a podcast series by Cisco Champions as technologists. Today we’re talking about Identity Services Engine (ISE) with Cisco Program Manager (Cisco IT, Security) Greg Rasner. Lauren Friedman (@Lauren) moderates and Travis Newshott and Brandon Carroll are this week’s Cisco Champion guest hosts.

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Cisco SME
Greg Rasner, @IT_ISE_MAN, Cisco Program Manager (Cisco IT, Security)

Cisco Champions
Travis Newshott, @tnewshott, Security Architect
Brandon Carroll, @brandoncarroll, President and CEO (Global Config Technology Solutions, Inc.) Read More »

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