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Ten Learnings and Observations from the 2015 London Gartner Data Center Conference (Part 1)

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This past week I attended the 2015 Gartner Data Center Conference in London.  This is always a great conference to learn from, although it always pays to look out for some of the hype too. There were key note presentations from the sprinter Michael Johnson and from previous UK government Vince Cable, which presented a rather concerning potential scenario of how the economies of the UK and Europe could evolve over the next few years.  The IT topics covered ranges from Bi-modal IT to DevOps to Software Asset Management (SAM) to SDN to Cloud and IT Operations Management (ITOM).  Here are some of my key learnings, in this “part 1”, comprising a few observations, and a sceptical view of some of the hype that I came across.

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Executing on Our Vision and Strategy: The Future of Networking for an Application Centric World

We shared our vision for the future of networking over a year and a half ago.

Today, we continue to execute on our vision and strategy. Our customers and partners continue to derive the value of these innovations to the fullest potential.

We are extending our leadership in SDN with the most complete solution portfolio today, driving choice in automation and programmability for our customers. Solutions based on open APIs, standards and a broad ecosystem for three approaches: programmable networks, programmable fabrics and a turnkey approach with Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI).

Cisco ACI continues its focus on three primary areas: (1) automation through policy; (2) consistent support for physical, virtual and containers; and (3) open, standards-based with embedded security. Add a centralized pane of management, scale, and a broad and deep ecosystem, and you have 1100+ satisfied customers, and the 2015 Best of Interop in SDN category (my sales plug…).

The future of networking is here. We’ve created an infrastructure that is hypervisor agnostic, with the most advanced security enforcement capabilities on the market today. Manage your entire fabric with a familiar user interface. And manage policy across any endpoint group – physical, virtual, and containers with a consistent security posture.


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CCIE : ITD and RISE in CCIE Data Center

ITD and RISE are now part of CCIE Data Center:

https://learningnetwork.cisco.com/community/certifications/ccie_data_center/written-exam-v2/exam-topics

Intelligent Traffic Director (ITD) is a hardware based multi-terabit layer 4 load-balancing, traffic steering and services insertion solution on the Nexus 5k/6k/7k/9k series of switches.

Domain Written Exam (%) Lab Exam (%)  
1.0 Cisco Data Center L2/L3 Technologies 24% 27% Show Details
2.0 Cisco Data Center Network Services 12% 13% Hide Details
2.1 Design, Implement and Troubleshoot Service Insertion and Redirection

  • 2.1.a Design, Implement and Troubleshoot Service Insertion and Redirection for example LB, vPATH, ITD, RISE

2.2 Design, Implement and Troubleshoot network services

  • 2.2.a Design, Implement and Troubleshoot network services for example policy drivenL4-L7 services
3.0 Data Center Storage Networking and Compute 23% 26% Show Details
4.0 Data Center Automation and Orchestration 13% 14% Show Details
5.0 Data Center Fabric Infrastructure 18% 14% Show Details
6.0 Evolving Technologies 10% N/A Show Details

 

To learn about RISE (Remote Integrated Services Engine), please see: http://www.cisco.com/go/rise

To learn about ITD (Intelligent Traffic Director), please see: http://www.cisco.com/go/itd

http://blogs.cisco.com/datacenter/itd-load-balancing-traffic-steering-clustering-using-nexus-5k6k7k9k

 

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Cisco Partner Weekly Rewind – November 20, 2015

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Each week, we’ll highlight the most important Cisco Partner Ecosystem news and stories, as well as point you to important, Cisco-related partner content you may have missed along the way. Here’s what you might have missed this week:

Off the Top

CEO Robbins Has Cisco On The Fast Track, And Partners Are Ready, Set, Go

There has been no shortage of major moves since Chuck Robbins took over the helm at Cisco less than 4 months ago. He is moving Cisco at an unprecedented pace.

And while here at Cisco we see the strategy as moving quickly towards growth and adjusting to fast-moving markets, it’s always best – at least in my opinion – to hear what our partners have to say.

Luckily, CRN’s Mark Haranas checked in with Cisco partners this week for their reaction to the CEO’s moves.  I encourage you to read his excellent article for what our partners think.

Cisco ACI Awarded InfoWorld Editor’s Choice

InfoWorld, a top IT publication, recognized Cisco’s powerful SDN solution, ACI, with the Editor’s Choice award based on an impressive overall review score of 9.6 out of 10.

An excerpt from the review:

“Cisco ACI is a powerful solution that’s designed for large-scale deployments. It represents a significant step away from traditional networking in both design and scale, and a significant step forward in managing Cisco networks through an open and modern API control structure.”

Our own Rick Snyder provided a snapshot on why this is both an important and impressive recognition. Be sure to read his thoughts on the partner blog.

Need to Reach More Customers? Tell Your Story through Social!

Bryan Sherlock is a regular contributor to the partner blog and is a heavy advocate for our partners. His specialty? Providing marketing enablement best practices and tips to help you grow your business and brand.

This week he says tell your story through social media to reach more customers.  I have to agree wholeheartedly.

Take a Breather: Give Yourself a Mental Break for Optimal Productivity

Karin Surber is back this month providing partners excellent tips in and around sales. This week’s topic was one of my favorites. Why you say?

According to Karin and the research she has done, we should all be taking more naps, vacations, and breaks to reach optimal productivity and maintain mental performance. That’s what I’m saying!

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Cisco ACI Awarded InfoWorld Editor’s Choice

Recently, InfoWorld, a top IT publication, recognized Cisco’s powerful SDN solution, ACI, with the Editor’s Choice award based on an impressive overall review score of 9.6 out of 10. We’ve long-believed ACI is a breakthrough capability that offers greater automation and visibility, performance and scale, security, and openness, and this latest product review endorsement echoes our beliefs.

Here’s a breakdown of the InfoWorld Scorecard:

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Cisco ACI shakes up SDN!

Customer adoption of ACI and the APIC continue to accelerate, and the extensive InfoWorld article by Paul Venezia provides a full report on the Cisco ACI solution to further demonstrate and legitimize ACI’s leading capabilities.

Key points from the product review include:

  • “Cisco ACI is a powerful solution that’s designed for large-scale deployments. It represents a significant step away from traditional networking in both design and scale, and a significant step forward in managing Cisco networks through an open and modern API control structure.”
  • “At a high level, this is what ACI is — it is a method of building and maintaining a networking fabric that dispenses with the concepts of traditional networking, and offers significant software control, automation, and wire-speed switching on a very large scale.”
  • “ACI even provides a way to go back in time to see where faults or problems may have begun. This operates at a surprisingly low level, to the point where it’s possible to select several objects in the fabric and show packet-level details on traffic relating to that object several hours in the past. …Further, you can export statistics if you need data over a longer period. This tool can prove extremely helpful in troubleshooting efforts.”

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