There was a lot energy yesterday at Cisco Live -- A larger than expected crowd gathered in the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, showing a growing interest for Cisco and Cisco partners. At the end of a series of video interviews I was happy to welcome for a quick panel on desktop virtualization Citrix Natalie Lambert, NetApp Vaughn Stewart and Cisco Doug Dooley
After the panel, data center bloggers and tweeps gathered for a meet up, happy hour, and raffle on the data center booth at the World of Solutions which just opened at 5:00 pm - A great opportunities to meet physically a lot of Cisco and non Cisco bloggers.
But the end was not over as I join my video crew for the UCS birthday -- Cisco Live was an opportunity to celebrate with numerous customers and with our partner Intel on the last floor on THEhotel the 2 years of Unified Computing System -- A birthday can’t be sweet without a cake -- So we shared a cake made after the UCS design -- Check out the unusual shape of this cake !Sounds familiar ?
Greetings from Las Vegas! I’m writing to you from Cisco Live at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center where we’ve unveiled an array of new products affirming that the rumors of the Cisco Catalyst switch’s demise have been greatly exaggerated. While others in the industry were hard at work commoditizing the switching market, Cisco doubled down on innovation by revamping the entire Cisco Catalyst switching portfolio.
Complete Catalyst refresh from the campus core to the network edge
Since 2010, Cisco has undertaken a top-to-bottom enhancement of the Cisco Catalyst switching portfolio starting with the introduction of the Catalyst Compact Switch, 2960-S, 3560-X, and 3750-X Series switches for fixed access; Supervisor 7-E and associated line cards for Catalyst 4500E; and now a revitalization of the flagship Catalyst 6500E Series product line consisting of,
A 2 Terabit Supervisor that pushes the platform to new levels of performance and scalability with triple the switch fabric bandwidth and quadruple the scalability of the previous generation.
Six new line cards including the new 69xx Series that deliver 80 gigabit line rate, non-blocking performance as well as support for 40 gigabit Ethernet connectivity to handle future growth.
An array of service modules – WiSM 2 for wireless, ASA-SM for security, NAM-3 for network management at 10G speeds, and ACE-30 for load balancing – tightly integrating network services to lower complexity and simplify operations.
Best of all, these new capabilities are available to the 25,000+ Catalyst 6500 customers without the need for a costly fork-lift upgrade!
The new innovations include industry firsts, such as seamless IPv4 and IPv6 support from the switch’s hardware platform, new network virtualization capabilities, a comprehensive set of L4-7 integrated services modules, and new application performance and visibility monitoring through a completely revamped implementation of NetFlow.
The new supervisor engine can increase the throughput capability of the Catalyst 6500 from 720 Gbps to 2 Tbps, a threefold increase. It can also quadruple the number of devices or users that can connect to a network. For example, a single Catalyst 6500 can now support up to 10,000 mobile devices.
At Cisco Live today, we turned our attention away from the slot machines and Elvis impersonators, and sat in on the Healthcare Video Architectures session where we learned that 30% of the brain is visual and 60-90% of communication is non-verbal.
While human architecture hasn’t changed over thousands of years, computer architectures certainly have transformed in just a few years (the equivalent of thousands of years in technology time).
When it comes to healthcare--more so than in a lot of other industries--patients need to see doctors, and doctors need to see patients. And thanks to advances in technology, like Cisco HealthPresence, increases in networking speeds, and overall architectural improvements, doctors’ offices can be outfitted with all sorts of telemedicine apparatuses, allowing patients to be seen by the doctor without leaving home.
When outfitting a customer with a solution, there are four major areas for partners to think about: Quality, ease of use, bandwidth, and cost. While cost is usually the top consideration for a customer, in the session we learned that it shouldn’t drive the solution (that’s because a customer could end up buying something that doesn’t meet their clinical needs).
What’s driving the need for video in healthcare? Read More »
At Cisco Live earlier today, I had opportunity to talk with my very good friend Sean Gilbert (VMware’s Global Technical Alliance Manager for Cisco) about all the cool stuff that VMware is showcasing in their booth at Cisco Live. I was particularly interested in the demos and Cisco specific integration that will help our joint customers accelerate journey to private and hybrid clouds.
I was impressed with what I heard and thought it would be nice to share the highlights of the conversation I had with Sean. Here it is…should not be more than 5 minutes read