Barcelona is a great city—with its fantastic Basque food, gorgeous beachside location, and beautiful architecture courtesy of famed architect Antonio Gaudi, this Spanish city can’t be beat.
Next week, Barcelona will play host to partners from around the world who will be convening there to attend Partner Velocity, our annual event focused on giving our partners the insight, knowledge, and networking they need to accelerate their marketing.
This year, we’ll be providing our partners with access to the inside scoop on the latest social media and web 2.0 marketing trends. We’ll also have two sessions on marketing the cloud.
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 theWestcon 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.
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:
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.