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Celebrating 100 Episodes of TechWiseTV

September 2, 2011 at 10:56 am PST

Five fiscal years ago, only 3 individuals remained as months of interviews and screen tests concluded.  None of us really knew what we were in for but it sounded interesting for sure.  I had been in the sales field originally hired as an account manager, survived the job cuts of 2000 by re-casting myself as a security expert and became the first Security PSS of the South.  I thought I was applying for a role in Cisco’s Speakers Bureau.

Felicia Ferrante

In August of 2006, Felicia Ferranti reached to introduce herself as the subject matter expert for our Unified Communications show.   Felicia had been killing it as a sales rep in Los Angeles and she fit the profile for what TechWiseTV was chartered with: To scale the best messaging on the broadest reach platform.

Our trio was rounded out by a non-Cisco engineer we had not met right away. We were already hearing rumbling of his expertise as you could tell even in the final interview rounds if someone had already talked to him…the questions got a lot harder.  We stole Jimmy Ray from HP where he was very well known as the engineer you wanted on your deals – did not matter what the tool or the technology was. He was (and is) the smartest, humblest, passionate SE you could find.

It was an incredibly confusing, tiring start to what is now, still tiring, but much more definable and certainly rewarding.  Many people played a part in the early years and remain rooted as lynch pins in our history.

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Back to School with Cisco Unified Computing System and Nexus Switching

September 1, 2011 at 8:00 am PST

Guest post by Omar Sultan, Senior Manager for Cisco Data Center Architecture

Seattle University’s CTO Dan Duffy believes Cisco UCS and a VDI will improve students’ experiences in classes within every college on campus.

It’s that time of year again:  Back to School. With all kinds of technology providing new ways to learn, today’s students are taking advantage of mobile devices and tablets to log on to classes remotely from home, using online learning tools, and turning in assignments virtually.  For example, The Network, Cisco’s technology news site, recently posted an article about innovative ways in which students are learning:  How Cloud Computing is Revolutionizing Education. This article describes how cloud computing provides an innovative alternative to bricks-and-mortar schooling and enables personal and interactive learning.

We’re seeing more educational customers evolving their data centers to take advantage of the latest trends in cloud computing and virtual desktop solutions, to support new student learning approaches.  In addition, of course, saving IT costs is a key priority for these educational institutions.

Let the class begin!

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The Rocket Slows: Data Center Power Growth Lessens

August 31, 2011 at 10:00 am PST

Interesting news for Data Center industry watchers:   growth in Data Center energy usage has apparently slowed.

Researcher John Koomey recently studied the issue at the request of The New York Times and determined that from 2005 to 2010 Data Centers worldwide increased energy usage by a little more than half (56 percent) while those in the United States increased usage by about one third (36 percent).

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NTT Communications to deploy Cisco Hosted Collaboration Solution

Cisco continues to introduce opportunities for improved productivity in cloud to its service provider customers. Today, we announced that Tokyo-based NTT Communications Corporation has deployed the Cisco Hosted Collaboration Solution for its cloud-based Unified Communication Service “UCaaS (Unified Communication as a Service) Plan.”

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Introducing VXLAN

August 30, 2011 at 9:40 am PST

From my perspective, Cisco continues to be a fun place to work for a couple of reasons.  First of all, we have a company full of really smart geeks with networking chops second to none.  Second, we have the freedom to push boundaries and find ways to make our customers’ lives easier.

Bring those two together and you get some interesting results, like the new VXLAN technology we announced at VMworld today. Working with industry notables, Cisco contributed our networking smarts to help develop a technology that will make a big difference for our customers who want to build clouds.  VXLAN is the basis of a scalable cloud network where lots of logical networks (over 16M, courtesy of a 24 bit of logical network identifier) can be created instantly to meet the needs of the even the most complex and dynamic cloud.  Indeed, the technology even pushes the boundary of virtual machine migration beyond a layer 2 domain.  A group of networking and server virtualization companies have submitted a joint proposal to the IETF to have the VXLAN technology standardized.

To read the IETF submittal, click here.  To learn more about why VXLAN should be part of you cloud plans, read this white paper.  If you are at VMworld, by all means, swing by the Cisco or VMware booth to see a demo and get your questions answered.

If you are interested in putting VXLAN to test, stay tuned for the upcoming 1.5 release of Nexus 1000V (entering beta in September 2011).

Look for more posts on the topic, but, in the interim, if you have questions, post them here and we’ll get them answered.

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