A quick snapshot of @ciscodc at Sapphire -- As expected a lot of activities for this first day in Orlando.
On the front of the booth, we got a great audience as our speakers (see list of theater presentations) were covering numerous new capabilities developed by SAP and Cisco around intelligent automation, UCS , Flexpod or Vblock -- Well to be perfectly honest the Mini Cooper games were certainly very attractive as well -- Remember that you can participate to the contest through Twitter, even if you are not here in Orlando (see details here).
I spent part of my day videotaping partners and customers -- Great stories from SAP, Cisco and EMC customers such as Edison Mission Group, or from SAP, Cisco and NetApp (Flexpod) customers such as Chico State University -- “We reduce our footprint by 90% and have been able to move to a much better co-location facilities” ” Within 2 weeks, we were already up and running ” Expect to hear more from them in the following weeks as we will post these videos.
Today I want to highlight the presentation that Cisco Eric Robertson , will deliver at 12:00 pm [ Run Better 2 location] about Migration Path for Your Data Warehouse (see abstract) Eric spent a couple of minutes with me to reinforce in front of the camera the importance of this session, for SAP customers who are not on SAP BW7.3 , but want to take advantage right now of the SAP HANA environment . The Cisco solution is called Bridge Appliance and offers great potential -- Here is a 2mn summary from Eric
Going to Orlando and win a car! Sounds like going to Las Vegas!
IPad , Flip Videos and other little gadgets are cute, but this year Cisco, EMC and VCE are creating a buzz at SAPPHIRE 2012, with the opportunity to win a Mini Cooper (grand prize) or the value of a 1 day free rental of a Mini Cooper (twitter contests )
-Bridge contest :
Ok !Time to show your writing skills ! In fact no need to be physically at SAPPHIRE 2012 ! This contest is open to the virtual audience as well! This contest starts on Monday 14th 2012 at 8:00 am EST and ends up on Wednesday 16th at noon EST
All you need is to create a “bridge” between two amazing products: Cisco Unified Computing System and Mini Cooper – In other terms , identify a common positive attribute between the Mini Cooper and the Cisco Unified Computing System and send a tweet based on this example “Cisco UCS is like a Mini Cooper …… #sapphirenow #Ciscobooth1185
Follow #ciscobooth1185 and Retweet to vote for the best attribute of Cisco UCS and Mini Cooper
Based on the votes, we will select the best tweet and announce on Wednesday afternoon the winner of a 1 day rental of a Mini Cooper (value $250)
As Tweeps we are very creative and most of us like pictures (no kidding!) – For this contest you just have to stop on Cisco booth 1185 and borrow one of the Mini Mini Cooper (Mini Cooper toy) with a Cisco Logo for one hour , and take a picture on the show floor and tweet . We hope to see a lot of fun, artistic, if not crazy images. Don’t wait the last minute . There are only 25 toys on the booth !
This contest starts on Monday 14th 2012 at 10:30 am EST and ends up on Wednesday 16th at noon EST
Vote on Facebook or follow #ciscobooth11185 and retweet to vote for the best shot of the Mini Mini Cooper.
Based on the votes (crowd source) we will select the most popular picture and announce on Wednesday afternoon the winner of a 1 day rental of a Mini Cooper (value $250 )
The raffle for the grand prize is basically open to everybody attending the conference [except Cisco, EMC and VCE employees ]provided you show up on the Cisco booths (#1185) ready to participate to an easy game, which includes attending Cisco theater presentations (see list here) and visiting Cisco and partners booth for demos. Details of the rules are provided on the booth. The game starts on Monday 14th at 10:00 am EST on the exhibit floor .
So if you are these days at Sapphire, don’t miss this opportunity to learn and play at the same time, with the thrill to drive one of these easy going German cars…and if you still don’t know what is a mini Cooper, guess what ..there is one on the booth ! (but you will not be allowed to drive it on the show floor ..)
Or just check this funny video created by EMC- Who said that aMini Cooper is not roomy!
Yesterday, I had the honor to participate in EMC launch of VSPEX, a new EMC channel program designed to deliver virtualized infrastructure solutions for the private cloud. We are collaborating with EMC to deliver these pre-tested infrastructures that combine EMC storage solutions with Cisco UCS and Nexus networking solutions and our other ecosystem partners, Citrix, Microsoft, and VMware. Cisco solutions are incorporated in 13 of the initial EMC VSPEX configurations.
Our customers have been telling us that they want data center infrastructure solutions that are easier to deploy but offer the best of breed vendors. In 2009, Cisco and EMC launched a joint venture, VCE , that delivered the Vblock converged infrastructure that integrated our technologies to help our customers accelerate their cloud infrastructure deployments based on VMware. We have been very pleased with how our larger enterprise and Service Provider customers and channel partners have responded to the Vblock solutions.
Now EMC is expanding the flexibility of these integrated solutions with EMC VSPEX. EMC VSPEX and Cisco Validated Designs offer our customer more “choice” when it comes to choosing an integrated data center solution that meets their needs – while taking the out the risk for our customers by ensuring the integrated designs have been pre-tested in Cisco and EMC labs.
For our Cisco channel partners, integrated solutions offer more market opportunityinselling complete, highly-flexible solutions to their customers, resulting in a higher attach rate of components, and a bigger sale – which will be good news to our thousands channel partners flying down to San Diego for our Partner Summit conference.
Here I am (Wendy Bahr) with Chris Panzeca at EMC’s VSPEX event on April 12, 2012.
This week has been a busy week for integrated infrastructure solutions. Of course, this isn’t a complete surprise around here—we have been preaching the gospel of simplified infrastructure and integrated solution stacks for some time; however, it is gratifying to see the concept continue to evolve and gain customer traction.
One of the developments we are particularly pleased with is the announcement today from EMC regarding their EMC VSPEX program. Cisco and EMC have a long history of partnering together for the benefit of our mutual customers, from storage solutions to the original Vblock to VSPEX. For those of you who missed the announcement, VSPEX is a reference design program to help guide customers as they build out their next generation of infrastructure. With our own success with the Cisco Validated Design program, we know this is an effective tool for customers as they look for trusted resources to guide infrastructure investment decisions.
We are a big fan of giving customers choice and giving them options and letting them decide on a path that best suits their needs. EMC’s VSPEX program is another great example of this. Its complimentary to our existing offerings in this space, so VSPEX gives customers yet another option and may appeal to customers that did not see the existing options as a good fit or might not have otherwise considered this approach.
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.