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Next Generation Data Centers Need Next Generation Skills

The Cisco Global Cloud Index reports that annual global data center IP traffic will reach 6.6 zettabytes by the end of 2016 at a compound annual growth rate of 31 percent. The growth of data and these new technologies impacts not only IT systems and infrastructures, but also the professionals that design, install, operate and manage them. Job roles are transforming more quickly in the data center than any other space in IT.
To meet the need for a comprehensive, job-role-focused training and certification program that allows customers and partners to optimize their IT infrastructure, Cisco today announced a Career Certification portfolio consisting of the Cisco CCNA® Data Center and CCNP® Data Center, as well as a robust product training portfolio.

Following the March 2012 announcement of CCIE Data Center, and the recently introduced suite of Nexus 1000v, 2000/5000, 7000, MDS and UCS product training, Cisco now offers a complete portfolio of Data Center training and certification, from the associate to expert level. For the first time, two key pillars of the Unified Cisco Data Center architecture: Cisco Unified Computing and Cisco Unified Fabric are covered across the job roles of design, implementation and troubleshooting.

Both networking professionals that want a new career choice, and current data center professionals who want to maximize their data center equipment design, installation and maintenance skills will enjoy benefits from this new certification track.

Watch below as Jeanne Beliveau Dunn, vice president and general manager of Learning@Cisco discusses the evolution of skills needed to support next generation Data Center technologies:

 

To know more about these certifications , visit the following web sites

 Cisco CCNA® Data Center  

CCNP® Data Center

Read also the full release here: http://newsroom.cisco.com/release/1105436

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James Bond and Data Centers??

This weekend I managed to see the new James Bond film, Skyfall.  The technologist in me noticed the transformation of the espionage industry to the cyber world.  More interesting were the Data Center scenes in which the equipment was neatly arranged with minimal cabling.  One blog even called it the data center of the future.

 

(This film image released by Sony Pictures shows Daniel Craig, left, and Javier Bardem in a scene from the film “Skyfall.” Bardem portrays, Raoul Silva, one of the finest arch-enemies in the 50-year history of Bond films.) (AP Photo/Sony Pictures, Francois Duhamel) – Notice the data center equipment in the background.

Reality is that data centers are full of cables (see above) unless you are using Cisco UCS in which case you have a chance of being in the future NOW.  General availability of UCS Manager 2.1, which brings all the cable reduction benefits to rack mount servers could not have been more timely.

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Engineers Unplugged (Episode 9): Be Kind to Your Protocol

In this week’s episode of Engineers Unplugged, we hear from VMware’s Andre Leibovici (@andreleibovici) and Chuck Hirstius (@rexremus) as they discuss how to Be Kind to Your Protocol, including solutions to common problems and the art of tuning.

 

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Andre Leibovici and Chuck Histrius on Engineers Unplugged at VMworld Barcelona.

Andre Leibovici and Chuck Histrius on Engineers Unplugged at VMworld Barcelona.

Do you agree with Andre and Chuck? Are you being kind to your protocol? Find more information on Chuck’s blog and Andre’s blog. Post a comment or a question here, or join the conversation with @CiscoDC on Twitter or Facebook.

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IPS in the Data Center Workshop

I pulled some workshop hosting duty trying to fill Jimmy Ray’s big orange shoes this morning. The subject is a great one – Intrusion Prevention in the Data Center with an incredibly sharp engineer, Stijn Vanveerdeghem.  Stijn is one of those crazy smart security guys down in Austin, TX as he works with a bunch of old friends from the team of IDS experts we have there.

So much emphasis on the data center these days for obvious reasons and it makes sense that anytime we consolidate something valuable – there is going to be an increase in creativity for how to get to it when your not supposed to.

We do these workshops as part of our TechWiseTV shows for their interactivity and the difference in the depth we can achieve.  A number of references were made as to other resources, shows we have done as well as published papers and studies.  I have included all the links we brought up below.

If you missed Stijn’s presentation or would like to go back and take better notes – you can get to it at the same link you used to originally register OR I also highly recommend you bookmark ciscoworkshops.com

 

TechWiseTV Episodes referenced:

TWTV120 – Defending the Data Center

Couple of notable segments within this show worth looking at here:

Clustering Technology with the 5585X

IPS 4500 Series

Episode 15, Firewall Reinvention with the ASA CX, is a good show throughout – only one segment I will call out as a favorite however, a Master Class Jimmy Ray did on ‘Forensic Analysis.’ The differences between network device versus traditional computer forensics and network forensics best practices, why routers and firewalls aren’t the smoking gun, and how the Cisco Router Analysis Tool can help with your networking.

Fundamentals of IPS

Fundamentals of High End Firewalls

Couple of good pointers Scott Simkin lays out in his support of our workshop today – thank you Scott.

The 2012 Verizon Data Breach Report (pdf)

Performance of the Cisco IPS 4300 and 4500 (Whitepaper, .PDF)

Global Correlation on Cisco IPS Sensors (Whitepaper, PDF)

IPS Tech Tips – Protecting Industrial Environments:

Cisco IPS Go page: http://cisco.com/go/ips

Thanks for watching!

Robb

@robbboyd

 

 

 

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Ask the Data Center Expert: Data Center and Cloud Trends in Asia

The following excerpts are from an interview with Bernie Trudel, Asia Pacific Regional Data Center and Cloud CTO, Cisco Systems, Inc.

As someone whose world is dominated by cloud, data center, privacy, and compliance, it was exciting to meet a long-term expert with the same-shared interests. Bernie Trudel has been with Cisco for 17 years, and in addition to his role as Regional CTO, he is Chairman of the Asian Cloud Computing Association, an industry organization dedicated to making cloud computing a reality across Asia Pacific (APAC) by addressing the needs for common platforms. He shared his ideas with me on key regional trends,  security to accelerate cloud adoption, and the future of the data center.

What are the key regional trends?

Increasingly APAC countries are adopting a national broadband policy driven by a combination of the adoption of cloud and the ubiquity of personal computing. There is a strong focus on data sovereignty and privacy in response to emerging data privacy legislative measures in Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines and also greater awareness around consumer’s rights to protect private data. International connectivity is also emerging as an issue as smaller countries rely on networks that cross geographic borders.

Many of these trends are measured in the Cloud Readiness Index, which uses 10 parameters that focus on risk, power, sustainability, and other metrics to assess readiness across the region.

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