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Get Ready for MPLS 2011 in Washington D.C.!

MPLS 2011 Conference in Washington D.C., is two weeks away; and we can anticipate a dynamic venue that commences with a Cloud Architecture tutorial to be presented by my Cisco colleagues Azhar Sayeed and Kapil Bakshi on Sunday October 16.

Monday, October 17

Cisco’s Clarence FilsFils will present Data Center Interconnect: Multi-Homing, Resiliency and Mobility; to be followed in the afternoon by my presentation on SP Cloud Computing: Services, Architecture and Standards Considerations and Cisco’s John Evan’s presentation on Application and Service Aware IP/MPLS Networking.

To end the day, I will chair a panel on the Role of MPLS and Ethernet Network Technologies as Enablers to Cloud Computing with the participation of outstanding individuals in the industry such as:

  • SERGEI GERASIMTCHOUK, Facebook
  • SCOTT WHYTE, Google
  • VIJAY GILL, Microsoft
  • GUENTER HONISCH, Deutsche Telekom
  • ASHWIN GUMASTE, IIT
  • NING SO, Verizon Read More »

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BYOD! What do you bring to the party?

October 4, 2011 at 9:43 am PST

Historically Healthcare has the reputation of being behind the technology curve, however the next-generation worker is now driving the demand for the Bring Your Own Device business model.

“What? That’s crazy talk! How do I maintain a controlled secure environment?” Exclaims the IT Manager.

This new age of social intelligence and the evolution of social networks and mobility bring the expectation of free choice among the work force. Workers are putting the pressure on organizations for interoperability between the enterprise network and the devices of their choosing.

Today the average person on the planet has 1.8 devices on today’s networks connecting over 13 billion devices in total.  By the year 2015 that number is expected to  rise to 25 billion equating to 3.47 devices per person. Read More »

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Cisco Partner Westcon Group’s LEAP Centers Focus on Technology’s Business Value

Sometimes it helps to see real-world routing and switching technology, data center security, and virtualized Unified Communications in action. Did you know that there’s a place you can do just that—either in person, or virtually?

It’s been just about a year since Cisco distributor partner the Westcon Group unveiled its LEAP Centers (LEAP stands for Learn, Experience, Architect and Plan). LEAP Centers provide partners with hands-on training  in a lab environment, where a reseller and end-user can come together for hands-on demonstrations.

Cisco partners can take advantage of training to evaluate core switching and routing processes, application delivery, data center security, virtualized Unified Communications and other data-centric and Cisco UCS solutions. Westcon has two LEAP Centers, one in Denver, Colorado, and the other in Brussels, Belgium. If you can’t visit in person, Westcon enables users to access LEAP Center resources virtually, as well.

I got the chance to chat with Bill Hurley, CTO of the Westcon Group, and he filled me in on what’s been going on over the past year, why Cisco partners should take advantage of what the LEAP centers have to offer, and how the LEAP centers have exceeded Westcon’s expectations.

It’s been almost a year since you launched the LEAP centers: What’s been going on with them during that time frame?

Bill Hurley: We have been phenomenally successful in raising awareness about the impact and benefits of virtualization and data center consolidation—those have been our two biggest areas of inquiry and activity. We’ve focused on showing how UCS helps enable business benefits. And we’ve also run specific programs around a service-oriented architecture (SOA)-enabled data center, as well as a UCS bootcamp.

LEAP centers have appealed to both partners and end-users: They’re not just about speeds and feeds, but instead help in putting all the technology in a business context. There’s a real benefit for partners in physically being at a LEAP center—it helps them understand how the technologies really work together. Read More »

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Cisco at Oracle OpenWorld- Meet the experts – An interview with John McAbel -Part 1

October 3, 2011 at 9:04 am PST

As a large crowd of IT professionals are gathering in the Moscone Center in San Francisco , I asked John McAbel, A Cisco architect for Oracle Applications and a speaker at the conference to share his excitement about the partnership between Cisco and Oracle, starting today with what to expect from Cisco on the show floor -- So in this part 1 of the interview, we talk about the demos, the experts and the Cisco Validated Design practice.

John  Tell us what the visitors can expect when paying a visit to our booth (#721) ?

“Amongst the demos , we will demonstrate big data on Cisco UCS . And for the customer who are looking beyond the big data market, we will have the ability to show demonstration of Oracle  Ebusiness Suite , Oracle data base ,and RAC cluster architecture ,and we will talk about some of the scalability test we have done . We got a number of Cisco Validated Designs. We will talk about Oracle scalability, both on bare metal and also on hypervisor type environment So we will have Cisco experts in the booth able to talk about some of the benchmarks we will announce at the conference , between 3 and 5 benchmarks – So I Think that visitors will be very excited  to hear about the leading performances that we continue to drive both in the application space and in the Oracle middleware space.

In addition of the demos, please check on the booth a series of theater presentations delivered by Cisco experts and Cisco partners .

Talking about the experts, can you tell us who they are ? What they bring on the table ?

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Digging Deeper in VXLAN, Pt 3, More FAQs

October 3, 2011 at 9:03 am PST

So, here is our final installment--we are wrapping up with some of the more common questions were are seeing.  In you missed the earlier posts, be sure to check out Part 1 and Part 2. I also have a couple of earlier posts introducing VXLAN and answering some of the initial questions.

So, onto the FAQs… Read More »

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