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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 !



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
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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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STEM Education Must be a Hands-on Approach

Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields are critical to innovation and the continued development of the U.S. economy. However, trends are showing that while there are and will continue to be plenty of jobs in these fields, many students are unprepared or lack the desire necessary for employers of the future to fill these jobs effectively.

In order to get more students interested in STEM, it is imperative that they learn through hands-on training, mentoring and demonstrations early in their education. In her latest blog, Amanda Williams, Community Relations Manager at Cisco, describes the importance of getting students physically involved in STEM to spark an interest for the future. Through the launch of the Cisco US2020 STEM mentoring initiative, Cisco employees are able work with students from various schools around the U.S. The students participate in activities such as robot building, engineering demos of circuit building, 3D printing, and pedal-a-watt to make a phone ring. Through this program, we are able to get students excited about the opportunities to learn more about STEM fields.us2020

While we still have a long road ahead of us when it comes to preparing and inspiring a future generation of STEM innovators, it’s encouraging to see students enjoying the learning process this new initiative provides. Read More »

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Exploring 2014 Digital and Social Media Trends

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#Ciscosmt November 21st Twitter Chat

It’s hard to believe another calendar year is coming to an end less than 2 months. I’m amazed at the pace of which digital and social media continue to evolve and get excited when I think of what 2014 might bring in the way of further surprises.

As we continue to plan for the coming year and look for ways to continue growing the Cisco Social Media Training and Enablement program, I’ve been researching various 2014 digital and social media trends. From the “Top 7 Social Media Marketing Trends That will Dominate 2014” (from @Forbes) to the “6 Social Media Trends That will Impact You in 2014” (from @B2Community), there is a lot of speculation to weed through. Read More »

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