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Learn, Experience, Architect and Plan Your Data Center

October 20, 2010 at 1:05 pm PST

It’s one thing to hear about the latest data virtualization and cloud infrastructures, but to truly understand the way these technologies work, you have to see them in action. In the past, testing out the technologies required finding someone willing to give you a tour of their data center, or paying for your own dedicated test environment.

But that all changes today. Cisco distributor partner the Westcon Group has unveiled the first in a series of US-based “Centers of Excellence” so VARs can get hands-on training and an up-close look at solutions targeted at next-generation, virtualized data centers.

Called LEAP Centers (LEAP stands for Learn, Experience, Architect and Plan), these locations provide an opportunity to test-drive a broad range of leading data center.

We chatted with Westcon about these new LEAP centers, what they offer, and how partners can get involved.

What’s inside the LEAP Centers?
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A Closer Look at Cisco Collaboration

Over the next several weeks, Cisco will present a series of blogs on collaboration trends that we are seeing in the enterprise.

In this video, Ross Camp, director of Public Relations for Cisco Collaboration, introduces these blogs and provides a sneak peek before Cisco’s Collaboration Summit in Phoenix, Arizona.

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New blog site!

October 4, 2010 at 5:58 pm PST

Just a digression from the normal technical talk here…  We finally launched the new Cisco blogs site.  Woo hoo!!

Most importantly, I wanted to let you all know that the landing page and RSS feed URLs have both changed.  There are HTTP redirects in place for both (which I noticed this morning caused a bunch of old RSS entries to be marked as “new” — oops), but just in case you need to know them:

You don’t need to update your bookmarks / RSS readers, but you might want to anyway just because all the cool kids are doing it.

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A Note to Channels Blog Readers: Improvements on the Way

September 29, 2010 at 12:00 pm PST

A note to our valued Channels blog readers: Cisco blogs will undergo a little maintenance over the next few days.

While all blog content will be accessible during this time, some behind-the-scenes stuff will be happening meaning we won’t be able to post anything new.

What does this mean for you?

No dust or dirt that usually comes along with construction work, luckily. We will back back on Monday, October 4 with some great improvements. (Of course, please continue to post your comments this week and we’ll moderate them as soon as possible once the maintenance is complete.)

In the meantime, we will be posting fresh news and info on our CiscoChannels Facebook page (including a new Partner Update newscast where we recap the latest Cisco partner news in less than five minutes).

We’ll also continue posting updates on the @CiscoChannels Twitter account — be sure to follow us so you don’t miss a thing.

 

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Cisco Blogs Under Construction: New Blog Site Launches Oct. 4

September 29, 2010 at 12:00 pm PST

Dear valued reader,

Our blog upgrade is in progress.  In order to complete our blog migration to a new platform and a new design of the Cisco blogging site, we will not be publishing any new posts starting Wednesday September 29th – through Sunday, October 3rd. You will still be able to access the blog and any previous posts. Please watch this space and visit our new blog site beginning Monday, October 4th.

We apologize for the inconvenience and, meanwhile, hope that you can join us, interact with us and engage with us on our official Cisco twitter feed…or our official Cisco Facebook site.

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