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Partner Summit 2012 Kicks Off in San Diego!

April 16, 2012 at 5:25 pm PST

Cisco Partner Summit 2012 began today in San Diego for those attending onsite. There’s a lot of excitement in the air, and we’re thrilled to begin meeting partners, attending sessions, and sharing top news.

We know a few of you are already here, but for those of you arriving later today, or joining us on Virtual Partner Summit, don’t forget to refer to the handy checklist we created to help you navigate the event. You’ll find key information about our Partner Summit Ambassador bloggers who will be providing partner perspectives, our new Roving Reporter who will be providing the inside scoop, how you can win an iPad or snag a t-shirt, and how to stay updated on all the Partner Summit news as it happens.

And speaking of Virtual Partner Summit, have you registered yet? There’s still time to register, so make sure you head over to the Cisco Virtual Partner Summit 2012 page. Once you’ve registered, start building your personalized agenda under the sessions tab so that you don’t miss out on any of the action.

What kind of action you ask? Well, on Tuesday, April 17 at 9 a.m. PST, we’ve got John Chambers, Keith Goodwin, and Edison Peres kicking off the event at the Global General Session. We also have Executive Chats, where you can interact directly with executives; Geo and Theater Sessions; guest speakers; and Business Transformation Breakouts happening throughout the week. I also hear there may be some exciting entertainment, so make sure you tune in.

If you can’t make the event live or virtually, replays will be available on the Cisco Virtual Partner Summit 2012 platform each evening and for 30 days after Partner Summit.

Have we piqued your interest? Join us for a photo tour of the Cisco Partner Summit 2012 venue and check out some of our favorite tweets and moments of the event so far. Read More »

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Cisco Partners with EMC on VSPEX

Yesterday, I had the honor to participate in EMC launch of VSPEX, a new EMC channel program designed to deliver virtualized infrastructure solutions for the private cloud.  We are collaborating with EMC to deliver these pre-tested infrastructures that combine EMC storage solutions with Cisco UCS and Nexus networking solutions and our other ecosystem partners, Citrix, Microsoft, and VMware. Cisco solutions are incorporated in 13 of the initial EMC VSPEX configurations.

Our customers have been telling us that they want data center infrastructure solutions that are easier to deploy but offer the best of breed vendors.  In 2009, Cisco and EMC  launched a joint venture, VCE , that delivered the Vblock converged infrastructure that integrated our technologies to help our customers accelerate their cloud infrastructure deployments based on VMware.  We have been very pleased with how our larger enterprise and Service Provider customers and channel partners have responded to the Vblock solutions.

Now EMC is expanding the flexibility of these integrated solutions with EMC VSPEX.  EMC VSPEX and Cisco Validated Designs offer our customer more “choice” when it comes to choosing an integrated data center solution that meets their needs – while taking the out the risk for our customers by ensuring the integrated designs have been pre-tested in Cisco and EMC labs.

For our Cisco channel partners, integrated solutions offer more market opportunity in selling complete, highly-flexible solutions to their customers, resulting in a higher attach rate of components, and a bigger sale – which will be good news to our thousands channel partners flying down to San Diego for our Partner Summit conference.

Here I am (Wendy Bahr) with Chris Panzeca at EMC’s VSPEX event on April 12, 2012.

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Top Cisco Partner Headlines: Join Partner Summit, Get Your ‘Game On’ with UCS, Be Part of the BYOD+ Revolution, and More!

April 4, 2012 at 2:25 pm PST

Love the sun? Love the beach? Then you’ll love Partner Summit.

What? You can’t attend in person?

No worries. In this episode of Partner Update, you’ll learn how to attend without leaving home. Seriously. Just fire up your laptop, stick an umbrella in a cool drink, and voilà you’ll be there—virtually. And you’ll have the opportunity to win even cooler prizes!

We also give you the inside scoop on Partner Summit’s Roving Reporter, how to get up to speed on UCS, Cisco’s game changing BYOD+ solutions, “appifying” the Cius to increase sales, and more.

But before we dig into the details, we have a Special Alert that didn’t make it into this week’s update! All of the interviews we recently filmed at Partner Velocity are now available on our YouTube channel. Find out ways to fascinate customers from expert Sally Hogshead, best-selling author Daniel Pink tells you how to motivate your team, former Kodak CMO Jeffrey Hayzlett tells you how to drive change, and more. Like what you saw? Watch full keynote replays on the Partner Velocity site.

Now, back to our update. Take less than five minutes now and tune in for your Cisco partner news.

Would you rather read the news? We’ve included links, descriptions, and details on each item covered in our newscast. Read More »

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Beyond BYOD: The Optimal Experience for Any Workspace

March 20, 2012 at 12:19 pm PST

We use them in the office, in the car, at the café. They help us close deals, build relationships, and access resources. What are they? Devices, of course.

Currently, over three out of every four employees have multiple devices, according to the Cisco Connected world Technology Report. What’s more, one in three employees globally use at least three devices for work.

For our partners, though, this trend isn’t really about devices. It’s about how to provide your customers’ Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) employees seamless access regardless of device or connection point. It’s also about how to ensure security, simplification, and high performance.

The answer is easy. Let me introduce the brand new Cisco BYOD+ solution—a game changer in Enterprise mobility.

This end-to-end solution empowers your customers to go beyond simply connecting user-owned devices to scaling the experience of many users with multiple devices, anytime, anywhere. Plus, Cisco BYOD+ delivers a unified security policy across the entire organization—a relief to any organization. It also optimizes and manages the experience to meet the needs of many types of users with diverse devices, security, and business requirements.

The bottom line: your customers can safely extend the right level of access and performance in every situation.

Let me guess? You’re ready to load up on devices, make appointments with customers, and share the BYOD+ story. Read More »

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Customers are Ready to Embrace the ‘World of Many Clouds’—Are You?

February 9, 2012 at 3:24 pm PST

Think cloud isn’t the next big thing in the evolution of IT? By 2015, experts predict cloud traffic will grow 12 times to reach 1.6 zettabytes—yes, zettabytes. That’s more than four days of business-class video for every single person on the planet.

So listen up, partners. Cisco is backing cloud 100 percent, and they’re ready to work with you to help enable the world of many clouds. Whether it’s planning, building, or running clouds, the opportunities are enormous. There’s also a great deal of complexity.

But not to worry. Cisco has you covered.

As part of its Cloud Partner Program, Cisco is offering Collaborative Professional Services (CPS) for Cloud. This Cisco Services offering shares intellectual capital, smart service innovation, demand generation, and a global delivery infrastructure with partners—all to help you develop profitable cloud solutions that will put a smile on every customer’s face.

Believe me. Your enterprise, service provider, small business, and government customers want a trusted cloud advisor. By transitioning to cloud, they’re likely to reduce costs, increase efficiency, and gain strategic advantage. Wonder who they’ll thank for the help? Read More »

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