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Data Center at the Cisco Partner Summit 2012 –Be Real or Virtual but Be There!

April 4, 2012 at 3:32 pm PST

At Cisco Data Center, we recognize that our community of partners is a critical sales success factor. – So the annual event Partner Summit, this year in San Diego California  April 16-19 is a big deal!

In fact, the physical event in San Diego is already sold out, demonstrating clearly the dynamism of the Cisco partner community, which is more and more attracted to the Cisco Business proposition, the solutions and now the services opportunities.

But to make sure that every partner can benefit from this opportunity , the summit will come this year to you live via Virtual Partner Summit (VPS). All you have to do is register. Here is my list of the must watch data center sessions -

General Session with Keith Goodwin, John Chambers, Edison Peres

General Session with Edison Peres and Padmasree Warrior

Data Center & Virtualization Go-To-Market: The Unified Data Center Practice, Programs Evolution & Partner Incentives

Cisco Virtualization Experience Infrastructure : Game-Changing Vision, Unprecedented Opportunity

BYOD and Beyond : It’s Not About the Device, it’s About Delivering the Next-Generation Workspace

Winning with Cloud: GTM updates on  Strategy, Solutions and Partner Programs

Having said that, there are a lot of other sessions, that you probably will find of a great interest! All the news and program announcements, the business and technology sessions, but also chat with executives are a click away . It can’t  really be easier. If you want to know more about the Virtual Partner Summit, including the prize that you can win by registering, watch this video and check these  blogs   Virtual Tour of Cisco’s Virtual Partner Summit 2012 and Know before you go : Cisco Partner Summit 2012

If you are already registered to attend physically the summit in San Diego , here are some interesting facts

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How One Service Provider Overcame 5 Constraints and Helped Their Customers Succeed

International IT services provider Sycor was redesigning the networks for one customer who had 4500 employees spread across 80 branches in addition to a headquarters and many telecommuting and mobile workers.  One issue they were addressing was that this customer was having problems with one of their web-based applications. This specific app was used by just one person at each branch, but was important to the customer’s business. So Sycor engineers tuned both the app’s website as well as the central database with which it communicated.

The solution they were considering was a dedicated data terminal at each branch to work separately but in parallel with the existing network deployments.  And then the customer started having problems with more applications at more branches. Something had to be done.

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API Compatibility: From cruising at self-service speed to “we gotta have a meeting”

Today’s announcement that Citrix is dropping support for OpenStack has reverberated through the clouderati sphere like a new Justin Bieber song through my niece’s third grade class. Super important but will not matter much when the next idol arrives.

In any case, a lot of smart people have written about it. I’ll leave them to explain the whole thing.

Cloud Avenue has a good in-depth coverage post. And so does James Staten of Forrester. Randy Bias also weighs in as well.  I’m sure I’m missing other worthy commentators.

But the post that most caught my attention came from Thorsten at Rightscale‘s.  We both share something in common: we both build products that connect to cloud API’s. Including vendor who have API’s that claim to be compatible EC2. This experience, I think provides a useful point of view when thinking about API compatibility. Not to mention it creates a jaundiced view of the human soul.

Thorsten writes.

I’ve said it many times and I’ll repeat it again: it’s the semantics of the resources in the cloud that matter, not the syntax of the API. This means that “API compatibility” has to reach very, very deep to be meaningful. Let me give you a couple of examples around EC2.

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Advanced IT Skills Delivered by Cisco and EMC

Explosive data growth and new transformational technologies such as cloud computing, converged infrastructure, unified networking and big data are changing the way organizations are running their businesses today. These new technologies affect IT systems and infrastructures, as well as the practitioners that design, install, operate and manage them. New skills and knowledge are needed for organizations to maximize the benefits of these new technologies.

To prepare the next generation of workers, Cisco is joining forces with EMC to offer comprehensive technical education solutions in the areas of cloud architecture, virtualization, storage, data center networking and data science. Watch below as Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn, vice president and general manager, Learning@Cisco and Tom Clancy, vice president, EMC Education Services discuss the joint education offerings available.

The joint education solutions offer advanced training and certifications to help customers acquire the skills required to successfully architect, build and transform their IT infrastructure, adopt cloud computing and realize the promise of data science and Big Data analytics.

Be sure to visit www.ciscolearningnetwork.com and http://education.emc.com for more information!

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March Madness: physical security and virtualization are HOT!

Physical security has March Madness. And you might get it too, if you manage Cisco UCS and run video surveillance applications. Or if you attended ISC West this week in Vegas, where virtualization was all the buzz.

Our hot news is the virtualization of video surveillance on Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS). This has potentially profound implications on two big operational costs: data center management and safety and security operations.

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