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We Have Moved! Join Us on the Collaboration Blog for Video Updates

This is not goodbye!

Video Collaboration is a big deal at Cisco, as you can probably tell from some of our recent announcements about the Cisco TelePresence IX5000 and the first non-transcoded video call between a WebRTC application and an existing video endpoint. We’re constantly working to make video easier for you to use and as collaborative as possible. In our quest to put users first, video at Cisco has become integrated with, and synonymous to Collaboration at Cisco. We want you to have a seamless collaboration experience, regardless of device or location.

So what am I getting at with all this? We’re archiving the Video blog as part of this effort for a holistic, seamless collaboration experience. Join us over on the Collaboration blog, where you can continue to get updates on what is going on with Video Collaboration in the industry and at Cisco.

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Mark Your Calendars and Meet Us in Milan to Network and Grow Your Business

We value our Partners and we’re always looking for ways to increase our collaboration and interaction with all of you. For our Solution Partners, we do this at Cisco Solution Partner Forum events, typically held the day before Cisco Live!™ begins.

This year, our event takes place on Monday, January 26, 2015, at Cisco Live Milan.  The Solution Partner Forum provides program members with networking opportunities, new program updates and useful resources. All of this is designed to help you accelerate your business growth and advance your partnership with Cisco.

Our one day agenda includes business sessions where we’ll start with a keynote presentation and then cover all the enhancements we’re making to the Solution Partner Program.  You’ll get a sneak peak at a new Solution Partner Program membership option designed to appeal to a broad set of potential program members. It offers easy requirements for entry, making the benefits of the Cisco Partner Ecosystem available to more businesses.

We’ll tell you ways you can take advantage of the Internet of Everything Innovation Centers.  Plus, our “Innovation Contest” will be revealed at the event. Read More »

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A Broad Partner Ecosystem is Pivotal To Delivering the Total Customer Experience

Many highly successful companies have a common characteristic- their customer care strategy is supportive of, and in alignment with, their corporate brand strategy, often driving to provide a consistent customer care experience, irrespective of the channel used for customer engagement.

Customers’ expectations and demands are growing and changing rapidly. Customers today are different from yesterday. They want to be helped quickly, efficiently, and on their terms. Businesses must learn to successfully deliver against these customer expectations.

Cisco’s broad partner ecosystem plays a pivotal role in helping businesses achieve these desired outcomes. This includes delighting their customers, and winning (and keeping) new business. Cisco collaborates every day with hundreds of established partners who have a wealth of experience and expertise in the customer care industry and our solutions. As trusted advisors, Cisco’s channel partners are positioned to deliver unique value-add services.

Along with our partners, Cisco makes tremendous investments in our partner ecosystem and our shared momentum continues to build. We recently hosted Cisco Customer Collaboration Sales Summits in the Americas and in Europe, bringing together over a thousand partners, developers, and Cisco sales experts to learn and share best practices. Read More »

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Build your Ark – prepare for the GPU VDI flood!

Its been 9 months since we first discussed VDI 2.0 and the evolution of how and why GPU is becoming a necessary piece of a modern VDI environment. If you missed that blog, have a look here to catch up on this exciting transition. There have been many confirmations of this shift over the last several months but none as exciting or enabling as the early access program for vSphere 6 and VMware’s first stab at NVIDIA GRID vGPU. As a refresher, GRID vGPU is what many would consider the “Holy Grail” of GPU and the primary purpose of the NVIDIA GRID vGPU technology. By physically partitioning the GRID cards, you get the best of scalability and performance without the overhead of technology like vSGA or the limited scale of pass through GPU’s.

As you probably know, Citrix XenServer and XenDesktop have supported vGPU for a little over a year. It was amazing to see staunch vSphere environments start to implement XenServer just to get access to the benefits of GRID vGPU. This appears to have caught VMware a little off guard as they are typically the first to enter new innovative spaces with the vSphere hypervisor. As a result of Citrix beating VMware to the punch on GRID vGPU, work on GRID vGPU shot to the top of priorities at VMware. Who wins in this punch/counter punch contest of GRID vGPU? WE ALL WIN! Competition drives innovation and in this case, very timely innovation.

So lets talk about the early access program for vSphere! Oh… I almost forgot – the restrictions on the early access program prevent discussion outside the people that are part of the early access program. So unfortunately there isn’t much we can discuss specifically about the program, but we can discuss its inevitable impact. vSphere is the leading hypervisor, NVIDIA is the leading GPU enabler for VDI and Cisco is the leading enterprise compute platform that just launched the C240 M4 with the latest Intel Haswell E5-2600 v3 series processors. NVIDIA‘s GTC (GPU Technology Conference) is March 17-20 and VMware is indicating that vSphere 6 should be available around then. You couple all of this with some exciting things that Cisco is working on relative to Compute and GPU’s (maybe an announcement at GTC.. J )… the perfect storm is brewing for sure. Learn more about NVIDIA GRID vGPU here:  http://www.nvidia.com/object/virtual-gpus.html

 

 

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Cisco Partner Weekly Rewind – December 24, 2014

Partner-Weekly-Rewind-v2Each week, we’ll highlight the most important Cisco Partner Ecosystem news and stories, as well as point you to important, Cisco-related partner content you may have missed along the way. Here’s what you might have missed this week:

As we wind down 2014 I am preparing to spend some down time with friends and family over the next several days. Since the holiday season is upon us, we will all be taking a break from the Partner Blog starting tomorrow. We will return on January 5.

In the meantime, as always, you can reach out to me directly with comments or questions. I hope each of you are looking forward to some rest and relaxation these next several days. I will see you again in 2015!

Off the Top

Pete Wareham was on hand this week to talk about the latest specializations available from Cisco. The Service Provider Technology Specializations really help partners capture new opportunities and Pete explained just how they do that for you.

Want the full update on these four new specializations? Check out Pete’s blog and let us know what you think.

Don’t Waste Time on Winless Opportunities

Karin Surber continued her excellent sales series with an entry this week on how not to suffer from “cannon fodder syndrome.” Want to know just what that means? Well Karin can explain what it means, why you don’t want it to happen to you and just how you can avoid it. Read Karin’s blog and give your feedback and stories. We welcome your input. Read More »

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