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Cisco Collaborates with Partners to Provide IT Skills and Career Opportunities to Veterans in Michigan

Each year, thousands of U.S. veterans return from the battlefield with exceptional leadership, technical and other skills they have acquired overseas. Even so, many experience difficulty finding a job, and return feeling overwhelmed by the high unemployment rate they are up against. Today, in a program to assist veterans in transferring their military experience into successful careers, the Michigan Workforce Development Agency (WDA) and Cisco are teaming up to pilot IT training and certification programs aimed at connecting veterans with in-demand job opportunities.

Vets“We’ve got all these young people coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan, have made incredible sacrifices, have taken on incredible responsibilities — you know, you see some 23-year-old who’s leading a platoon in hugely dangerous circumstances, making decisions, operating complex technologies. These are folks who can perform, but unfortunately, what we’re seeing is that a lot of these young veterans have a higher unemployment rate than people who didn’t serve. And that makes no sense.”

 – President Barack Obama

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Understanding the Changing Mobile User

The mobile market continues to evolve at a blindingly fast pace. It seems that new faster, sleeker, and more powerful mobile devices are launched every day, with new device categories created almost overnight. The number of available applications to run on these revolutionary new devices is staggering, numbering in the millions. Now you can do everything, from banking and controlling your home thermostat to shopping, entertainment, and printing a boarding pass, all from the palm of your hand. In addition, we now have faster ways to connect these devices to the Internet using 4G/LTE or Wi-Fi technologies.

While service providers are clearly benefiting from the rise of mobility and all the innovations in devices applications they are constantly trying to understand how consumers are using mobility and where the mobile market is heading. To continue to derive business value from mobility, service providers need to better understand mobility from the users’ perspective and translate what they discover into new sources of business value.

To learn more, Cisco conducted a survey of 620 U.S. mobile users to understand their needs and behaviors, use of devices, applications and mobile access technologies, and how they have changed since our 2012 mobile consumer survey.

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Cisco ACI : The (Almost) Complete List of Social Media Assets

InsiemeWow ! The Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI)  Launch was one of these amazing events which can only rejoice a social media leader  like me .
13K+ registants for the webcast ! A Twitter storm (#ACI, #Insieme)  Over 4000 mentions in a few hours ! A blog editorial plan including so far more than 10 Cisco blogs, 15 Technology partners blogs , and numerous articles from 3rd party, analysts and journalists – A festival of  videos, podcast,  broadcast and infographics.

On the top of that  I am pleased to welcome Cisco ACI a fast growing and independent LinkedIn  group – And I’d like to thank over 5500 professionals who already follow our brand new Cisco Data Center page on LinkedIn !
These series of facts show us how much interest our customers and partners find in this breakthrough  vision and products announcement . So I figured out that a “little ” list of what’s available now will not hurt anybody !

This blog is designed to grow over the time thanks to your contribution – So please feel free to post a comment with links (blogs, video, infographics , slideshare deck ) that I could have missed –  Or simply tell us what blog(s) or video(s) inspired you the most and why .  And don’t hesitate to follow me @drombaut to make sure that I promote your suggestions:)

And ..voila ! First iteration !

Blogs

Cisco

John Chambers    Transforming I.T. for the Application Economy
Shashi Kiran  Redefining the Power of IT with Application centric Infrastructure  
Scott Clark   Is Your Data Center Ready for ACI Transformation?
Chris Young  Security Drives Major Transition in the Network and Data Center
Gary Kinghorn   ACI  includes Strong Partner Ecosystem for Security and Network services
Joann Starke  Automation and Application Centric Infrastructure
Balaji Sivasubramanian   Introducing Cisco Application Virtual Switch (AVS) -Extending Virtual Networking to Applications
Harry Petty    Ecosystem for Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) Tackes Application Agility
Gary Kinghorn    Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) and Application Virtual Switch (AVS)
Ravi Balakrishnan    Close Peek at Cisco ACI : Network Abstraction, VXLAN, Programmability
Gary Kinghorn  Follow-up Q&A on ACI Methodology and the Pursuit of an Application-Aware Methodology           New!
Stephen Speirs  The Quickest way to Get Started with ACI       New!

Technology Partners

CA technologies Andi Mann, Vice President, Strategic Solutions
Dawn of Application Centric Infrastructure for Cloud and Big Data 
Citrix   Abishek Chauhan, CTO, NetScaler Product Group
When Applications and Network Unite : the Age of Enlightned Infrastructure
Citrix Steve Blacklock, Sr. Director, Strategic Alliance
Cisco Citrix Why is our Partnership so Important
EMC  Connie Hastings, Director, Technology Alliance
EMC Cisco Lock Arms to Deliver Next Generation Data Center
Emulex  Rick Trujilio, Product Marketing Manager
Propelling Applications Forward with Network Visibility and Agility: Ecosystem Member for Cisco ACI
F5   Lori MacVittie, Senior Product Manager
F5 and Cisco Application-Centric : From Top to Bottom and End to End
Microsoft  Satya Nadella, Executive Vice President, Cloud and Enterprise
Microsoft and Cisco’s Application Centric Infrastructure, hello cloud!
Microsoft  Brad Anderson, Corporate Vice President, Windows Server & System Center
Recap: Cisco & Microsoft at the ACI Launch in NYC
NetApp   Jay Kidd, Chief Technology Officer
Offspring of a Common Vision : Clustered Data ONTAP and Cisco’s Application Centric Infrastructure
NetApp JohnRollason , Director, Products, Solutions & Alliance marketing EMEA
A Vision of Application-Centric, Cloud Integrated Infrastructure
RedHat  Paul Cormier, President, Products and Technologies
Deliver OpenStack Innovation
Splunk Hal Rottenberg, Practice Manager, Datacenter Infrastructure
Cisco is bringing the Network to the Application : What does that mean in Machine Data Terms
Symantec Steve Bennett, President and Chief Executive Officer
Cisco & Symantec Put Protection at the Heart of Infrastructure Automation
VCE Trey Layton, Chief Technology Officer
Bringing ACI to VCE Vblock System

Nick Lippis  Lippis Report
Cisco’s Nexus 9000 redefines Software Defined Networking

Independent  Bloggers

Pete Welcher
The Cisco/Insieme Launch Part1   Part 2

@AmyEngineer   Just Another Day at The Office
App-Titude
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The Future of Any-to-Any Collaboration Depends on Satisfying Today’s Mobile User Demands

When we think of the term “collaboration” we can often get trapped in the cycle of thinking that it only applies to IT departments and the bottom line. However, it’s important to consider how the role of the enterprise is shifting thanks to the consumerization of IT. For example, how can IT leaders satisfy new user demands while unleashing the power of a sound mobile strategy?

With today’s technology-driven global economy, enterprise mobility and collaboration tools need to be about connecting communities, not just companies. Never has there been a time when more business processes extend beyond headquarters. Organizations need to enable all types of connections: From the mobile worker to the teleworker, from other businesses to target consumers, from traditional branch offices to the cloud. This any-to-any type of collaboration is no longer keeping the enterprise at the center. Instead, the future is driven by all types of users.

It’s clear that users expect to collaborate anywhere, on any device, with any workload. They want to collaborate like they’re in the office regardless of their location. IT leaders must keep user demands top-of-mind when working to deploy a BYOD policy. This can create challenges and opportunities in five key areas:

Brett Belding - Collaboration

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The Dirty Secrets of Server Power

Power efficiency remains a top decision point for many customers looking to modernize their data center. Customers searching for an accurate way to compare server power among vendors are often directed to use power calculators without taking into account the many factors that drive power utilization. This notion preys on the simplistic nature of the power beast – lower number is better… but are we missing the (power) bus entirely?

The dirty little secret is that there is no industry standard for power calculators, and vendors can essentially publish a calculator around whatever workload they like (or no actual workload at all). Read More »

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