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Did You Know? Cisco’s FCoE Transformational Service

Over the past couple of years the conversation about Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) and converged networks (e.g., Unified Fabric) has become more and more sophisticated. While I still get the occasional “what is FCoE?” question, and still have to correct the occasional journalist who insists FCoE runs over TCP/IP (it doesn’t!), those conversations are becoming more rare.

Instead, the conversation has shifted from the “what is this?” to “how do I do it?” All the diagrams and napkins in the world can’t predict or prepare for the wide-ranging possibilities that customers have in their data centers. I’ve written about a few of the surprises before ( but every day I get more unique (and more interesting) scenarios. Read More »

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Data Centers are NIX’g UNIX

In any industry, customers running critical applications are typically slow to move to something new.   Whether it is a new technology, platform, application, or service provider, people tend to be comfortable with the status quo and it is human nature to try to avoid a “CNN moment” or a resume generating bad decision resulting from implementing something new ->thus, people tend to avoid making changes to their critical workload environment.   However, as new solutions or technologies become available and mature, the  “I don’t want to  be first” mantra is eventually followed by “Oh-oh- looks like I am last” when the realization you are  falling behind your competition (who have already adopted the new technology) starts to set in.  Finding that point in time when a new technology- solution-product has reached an adequate state of maturity to meet your particular needs and requirements is paramount when considering changes to a critical workload environment.

My brush with being a part of a “CNN moment” was from my past life in the Telco world (circa early 2000’s)- Read More »

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Leave it to the Experts

When I remodeled my bathroom a few years ago, my initial plan included only a few things: I wanted it to feel bigger (it’s a small space), and everything needed to be replaced – the utilities, furniture, walls, floors, and window.

I know what I like, and I know what I want, but I don’t know the first thing about designing a new bathroom.  Add to that a full-time job and three children under the age of 10, I knew I needed to hire someone who could take complete control of the project while still delivering everything I wanted.

I hired a contractor who could not only do the physical labor, but one who had the expertise to plan and design the whole thing. He asked me questions about which members of the family use the bathroom, and how often, in order to deliver the most relevant plan that fit our lifestyle. Through his consultation, he discovered that this bathroom was the main bathroom in the house, heavily used by our family and visitors alike.  Based on that fact, he recommended a redesign that provided the optimum privacy for our family of 5 – something I hadn’t even considered when initially launching the project. Read More »

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Advanced Services for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Last month, James Sharp wrote about Cisco Advanced Services, and how together with partners, Cisco can offer Canadian businesses the services they need, when they need them.

James goes on to say how there are specific  ways advanced services can help depending on which stage of the lifecycle you are currently in. This makes me think of food, and how meals during the day help keep me running efficiently and effectively, just like the services Cisco offers for your data center during different stage of the lifecycle process.

Breakfast (Plan)

Didn’t your parents always tell you that breakfast is the most important part of the day? Well, without proper planning, you will certainly be in a hard place to begin building. Planning services assess your current data center and provide in-depth recommendations for building and managing.

Lunch (Build)

Lunch involves design and implementation. No, there’s no nap after.

Dinner (Manage)

If you don’t have hearty dinner, you may not be on the top of your game for the next day. Managing is all about being proactive by anticipating issues before they arise and optimizing performance.

And as for dessert? Read what James has to say about his personal experiences with advanced services and Cisco customers:

Click here to read James’s full post

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Good Help is Essential

We’ve all heard the phase that Good Help is hard to find.  I would add that good help is in fact essential—especially for succeeding at complex undertakings like Cloud.   In this short VoD from Cisco, Bob Dimicco offers several clear, concise examples of a few of the major issues facing companies moving to Cloud, and how good help is essential in navigating a path to success. Read More »

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