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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Tags: 21st century learning environment, back to school, CiscoUCS, data center, education, higher education, virtualization
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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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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Tags: cloud, data center, NTT, Service Provider, UCaaS, UCS, usd
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.
Tags: Cisco, data center, virtualization, VMware, VXLAN
Today VMware kicks off VMworld in Las Vegas and we’re already seeing interesting news announcements, cool innovations, and informative technical sessions.
If you’re not there in person to be close to the conference action, we’ve gathered together a list of important conference info. Thanks to live feeds, Twitter, and video, you can participate in much of the event from the comfort of your home or office.
Let’s start with some of the fun activities we’re seeing at VMWorld.
Check mate! Just another day at the giant chess board as conference attendees play a rousing game. Check the VMworld You Tube channel to see what else is happening.
Make yourself at home…attendees sit in what looks like a video game set, complete with grass cubes for seating.
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