After several days at SAPPHIRE 2012 in Orlando, Florida , where I got to attend amongst many other activities an interesting dialog between EMC Doc d’Errico and Cisco VP Server Access and Virtualization BU Satinder Sethi (stay tuned video coming very soon) , I am back on the show floor this time in Las Vegas for EMC World.
In case you still don’t know (really?) , Cisco and EMC have a very close partnership on many fronts , as one of our very active blogger and speaker Jay Metz was highlighting yesterday in carrying proudly this nice Infographics.
Obviously one of the main topic on the booth was Cisco UCS , whether as a stand alone platform, or integrated in a stack like Vblock, the solution provided jointly by Cisco , EMC and VMware under the brand VCE (check VCE Tom Chatham blog on EANTC Cloud Mega Test )
Recently Cisco and EMC deepened this partnership
“Cisco and EMC have a long history of partnering together for the benefit of our mutual customers, from storage solutions to the original Vblock to VSPEX. For those of you who missed the announcement, VSPEX is a reference design program to help guide customers as they build out their next generation of infrastructure. With our own success with the Cisco Validated Design program, we know this is an effective tool for customers as they look for trusted resources to guide infrastructure investment decisions. “wrote Omar Sultan in his blog “VSPEX: our Continuing Exploits with EMC”
So we invited today on the booth EMC Director and blogger Brian Gracely , our friend, blogger and reseller from Varrow Jason Nash and Cisco Virtualization Architect Ron Valente to share with us the excitement of this first day .
In this short video, our 3 experts talk about “easy to use and manage “. Interesting enough, I was also attending yesterday a Webex session about Cisco.com users based on a very large panel of Cisco customers . According to this survey, one of the major interests for our customers to visit high tech website such as Cisco, is to find information about how the systems are ”easy to use, configure, and manage”.
If you are in Las Vegas today, I’d like to make some suggestions for this second day at EMC World
Tom Chatham is a Principal vArchitect with VCE Corporate Engineering responsible for delivering VCE solutions, customer solution testing, technical marketing events and evangelizing private cloud. 16 years of experience in the industry, most of that time spent focused on storage, virtualization and unified computing. Including extensive network infrastructure, systems architecture and business continuity.
Tom is at EMC World in Las Vegas these days and on Twitter @tchatham -- Check booths 410 or 515 .
I asked Tom to share his experience and point of view on the EANTC Cloud Mega Test - here is what he sent me
“Over the past four to five months, there has been significant buzz about VCE’s role in the EANTC Cloud Mega Test. I was lucky enough to be a part of the test team, and I wanted to share some of my experiences in working on this fantastic project with EANTC and Cisco.
It started with a bang, of course. Back in late January, Light Reading published their first report on the testing EANTC had done of Cisco’s CloudVerse architecture. I was at Cisco Live London where details of the test were first shared and members of the CloudVerse team were in attendance to share the results. Over the next couple of months, EANTC followed that up with other reports in the series. All in all, they covered the Cisco Unified Data Center that is the foundation for cloud services, Cloud Intelligent Networks, Cloud Applications & Services, and Long-haul Optical Transport used in delivering cloud-based services. Of course, I wasn’t involved in all of that.
As with all of the Mega Test programs (the Mobile Mega Test and Medianet Mega Test being the ones that Light Reading conducted previously), these programs are a big deal. Cisco spends millions of dollars -- literally -- on lab infrastructure, engineers and communications for each one of these tests. Light Reading has EANTC come in to provide independent, objective oversight and testing. And when the report comes out, there is a lot of buzz in the industry on exactly what went on. It’s not every day we get to play in a multi-million dollar sandbox! I was one of several dozen people from Cisco, VMware, VCE, EMC and Ixia working on this project.
As the buzz about the test bounced around in the industry, a sidebar conversation emerged about VCE’s involvement in the test. As you may know from social media, I’m a Principal vArchitect with VCE Corporate Engineering. Essentially, my job is to make sure that customers get the most out of VCE’s technology – VblockTM Systems. The Vblock system is pre-engineered, pre-tested converged infrastructure that combines Cisco’s computing and networking equipment, EMC’s storage equipment, and virtualization from VMware. VCE itself operates as a joint venture between Cisco and EMC with investments from VMware and Intel.
One of the things that was missed in the excitement over the test results themselves was the fact that the Vblock system played a big part in the Cloud Mega Test.
Elvis may have left the building, but Cisco is just arriving to Booth 402 at EMC World. There’s a lot to learn and see, here are some highlights from the Unified Data Center point of view.
Session Title: Transforming Data Center Storage Networks to the Cloud Speaker: Dr. J Michel Metz, Product Manager, Cisco and Josh Mello, Solutions Technical Marketing, EMC Date/Time: Monday, May 21, 2012, 4:00p.m. – 5:00p.m.
Rebecca Jacoby, Cisco Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, explores how Cisco has made the connected experience a reality for employees, customers, and partners — enabling constituents to work from any device they choose and freely access their required services and applications.
CTIA has certainly evolved a lot over the years. I’ve been attending for a long time, yet, whether in Orlando, Las Vegas, or New Orleans it seemingly takes on a new persona, a new vibe, and a new set of aspirations each year. This year was no different; through the chaos and change, however, I am beginning to see a major trend unfolding. Specifically, I see an industry in flux, one moving from device to application based innovation. What drew me initially to this conclusion was the lack of new designs and features on the floor this year from the device manufacturers. In fact, to some degree, there was even a lack of participation. No Nokia. No RIM. No Motorola. Instead, there were just a few of the Asian OEM manufacturers and a lot of accessory distributors.
On the other hand, I did see some really cool applications getting attention. Is this the new paradigm? Will unique and compelling apps upstage the efforts of the device guys for attention going forward? Will consumers Read More »