Our latest TechWiseTV episode is all about the recent announcements rolling out from the Data Center team. We did our best to cram a few handpicked things we liked and give you the detail we thought it deserved. The theme, and the show title: Evolutionary Fabric, Revolutionary Scale.
The announcements include the most scalable 10 Gigabit Ethernet Layer 2/Layer 3 Fabric in the industry. The claim is that no matter how diverse your data center demands may be, Cisco offers unparalleled abilities to arm you with efficiency, agility, innovation and differentiation. So no matter your form factor, physical, virtual or cloud- based environments are all positively impacted with an industry leading fabric-based approach.
Filled with geeky goodness….look at what you will find!
- 2nd gen Nexus 7000 with revolutionary new scale
- FabricPath, Adapter FEX, and VM FEX support on Nexus 5500
- New FEX switch and B22 OEM program
- Expansions to Nexus 3000 family
- IN YOUR FACE COMPETITIVE! Don’t miss the final segment of the show…Jimmy Ray calls out HP, Juniper, Arista….”I showed you mine, now show me yours!”
Watch the entire thing after the jump.
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For the third time in two years, HP has filed a lawsuit to stop a former employee from going to work with Cisco – in one case, almost half a year after the employee had left HP in a voluntary reduction-in-force. As headhunters and other companies are flooded with resumes from HP employees seeking safe ground amidst the chaos of executive turnover, we can probably expect to see more desperate moves to lock up human capital. In an unhappy work environment, it’s a strange decision to try to achieve employee retention by litigation. And it can’t help recruitment efforts when it seems the corporate slogan could be changed from “HP Invent” to “HP Sue.”
HP has a heritage as a proud California–based company. Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard built their world-class organization in the one state that won’t generally enforce employee non-compete clauses. In Silicon Valley, human capital is as mobile as financial capital. Employees’ freedom to find the best way to use their skills and advance their careers is a key factor that has driven the development of Silicon Valley. Trade secrets are protected by intellectual property laws, not by non-compete agreements and vague theories that a new job would “inevitably” cause an employee to use trade secrets of his or her former employer. Somehow, Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard didn’t see a need to build a company based on suing people who might want to leave. As HP has grown in states other than California, however, it’s tried to impose restrictions on employee mobility.
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Tags: employee freedom, employee mobility, HP, litigation
Until the good times return, it’s likely that you, I and buyers of IT equipment everywhere will continue to look carefully at price labels. That’s the nature of things in these uncertain economic times, right?
Well, maybe not. Before we get carried away with economizing, perhaps we should reflect on the words of the author Josh Billings:
“Economy is a savings-bank, into which men drop pennies, and get dollars in return,” said Billings. In other words, the wise invest now to earn later.
That pretty much sums up the contrasting propositions of the Cisco ‘Next Generation network’ and the H-P ‘Good Enough’ network. With one (H-P), network buyers save a few bucks up front knowing it will cost them more (financially and in terms of capabilities) in the future.
With the other (Cisco), they invest a little more up front, knowing that the future return (and ability to grow with their business) is superior and safeguarded.
The infographic below details exactly what’s at stake.
Cisco HP Networking Total Cost of Ownership Comparison
You can learn more about the real economics of networking in this blog post by Ross Fowler, VP, Cisco Borderless Network Architecture.
Tags: Cisco, HP, infographic, network
Hic Sunt Dracones
Centuries ago, medieval mapmakers used to draw dragons and other mythological creatures on maps to indicate areas that were uncharted, and therefore potentially dangerous. One particular map, the Hunt-Lenox Globe, contains the phrase: “HC SVNT DRACONES,” Latin for “here are dragons.”
When examining social media and the potential effect it can have on one’s professional and personal landscape, I sometimes feel that all social media such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc. should, somewhere near the copyright, contain the phrase “here be dragons.”
The amateur Art Historian in me would also like to see a beautiful image like the one above accompany the warning, too, but that’s less important.
For all its wonders, Social Media can be a dangerous thing. Read More »
Tags: Cisco, Cisco blog, here be dragons, HP, Hunt-Lenox Globe, linkedin, social media listening
In business, competition makes us stronger. Through competition, we strive to create the best products for our customers, the best programs for our partners, and the best Cisco for the networking industry as a whole.
We embrace healthy competition with competitors such as Avaya, HP, Huawei, and Juniper Networks. Each of our competitors brings its strengths, innovations, and programs to address a variety of customer and partner needs.
Cisco’s customers and the networking industry have benefited from this competitive environment through innovations which make the network faster, greener, and more powerful:
- This week’s news about the Cisco’s expanded ASR 9000 system to deliver a single, simplified system for high-speed business, residential, and mobile connectivity
- Catalyst 6500 with a new supervisor engine, helping to increase network throughput from 720 Gbps to 2 Tbps, a threefold jump
- The industry’s first Universal Power Over Ethernet for the Catalyst 4500, which means lower power consumption
- Less wireless interference thanks to Cisco’s CleanAir technology
Of course, with more than 80% of our business flowing through our partners, we recognize that we cannot just focus on earning market share, but we must also work hard to earn your loyalty every single day.
It’s Cisco’s goal to create the most successful and profitable partners in the world.
As the Next Cisco takes shape, we are re-focusing, reorganizing, and becoming stronger and leaner. We’re focused on five key corporate priorities and, as always, maintaining trust with our customers and partners remains top of mind for me and for the entire executive team, as Rob Lloyd highlighted in his blog post this week.
Together, we had many successes over the years, and you’ve done a great job helping us tell our story.
Here are just a few highlights from Cisco partners: Read More »
Tags: avaya, catalyst, Cisco, competition, customers, HP, huawei, juniper, partners, router