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Switching Roadshow – We Bring the Brains to You

On Thursday, I had the pleasure of attending a kind of roadshow of technical experts Cisco switching: From Campus to Data Center: Cisco Switching Deep Dive

This is a day-long seminar inviting customers and potential customers to find out about and discuss the technical specifics, capabilities, and applications of Cisco’s entire switching portfolio. The seminars are being held all over the US from the end of October and through the beginning of December. Here’s a little video I put together from the day and some notes on interesting things I saw. [Sorry for the shaky video!]

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What would you do with the world’s most scalable data center fabric?

For starters, you could download all 250 million photos posted daily on Facebook in 114 seconds or stream 4,500,000 3.5GB Netflix movies simultaneously.

In case you haven’t heard the news, Cisco has announced several new data center innovations today that enable the world’s most scalable data center fabric.But why do data centers need scalability? Today’s data centers span a wide range of requirements– from small and medium businesses to large enterprises, Service Providers, architectures that support cloud computing and specialized applications, like high frequency trading (HFT). Trends such as “Big Data” environments that manage huge data sets and the increase in video data traffic require today’s data centers to scale from a few hundred to several thousand server nodes.

Nexus 7018 Fun Facts

While all of these fun facts are great, stepping back and looking at what this means for our customers is really what it’s all about. So we asked Cisco data center fabric customer RackForce, ICT service provider, what they’d do if they had the most scalable data center fabric. Check out their video response:

You can read about Cisco’s news at:
Cisco Network Innovation Enables the Most Scalable Data Center Fabric on the Planet
Re-defining Fabric Scale: Thinking Beyond the “Box”

Learn more about Cisco’s Unified Fabric on October, 25th at the “Evolutionary Fabric. Revolutionary Scale.” webcast and send us your comments on what you would do with the world’s most scalable data center fabric.

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Unified Fabric : Cisco Technology Executives Are Answering Your Questions

October 17, 2011 at 12:31 pm PST

On October 25 at 9:00 am PST/ 12:00 pm EST , join a very special webcast  “Evolutionary Fabric. Revolutionary Scale “ with customers, analysts and Cisco executives and experts for conversations about the benefits of Cisco Unified Fabric .

I asked the other day our favorite bloggers Omar Sultan, Brian Gracely and Shashi Kiran to tell me why they think this webcast is important for our customers

“There is a lot going on in the data center these days – There is a continue expansion of virtualization , we see broader adoption of cloud and we see emerging trends, big data being the newest and trendiest of the hot data center topics – So there are folks out there who will tell you, you know what each of these needs special equipment, they have unique requirements , your regular infrastructure will not be able to handle these requirements So what we do believe is that each of these requirements, big data, cloud have their own specific needs , we truly don’t believe that you need purpose built hardware , at least if your infrastructure is built the right way “ Omar Sultan

So this webcast is really about learning how Cisco’s fabric-based approach delivers architectural flexibility across physical, virtual and cloud environments for any application.

For Brian Gracely the equation is simple to remember  : Cisco Unified FABRIC is Fast, Agile, Best of breed, Resiliant, Innovative, Cisco-based

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Entel Selects Cisco Cloud Services

Service providers are recognizing the power of Cisco’s cloud solutions to deliver best-in-class services to their customers. Based in Chile, Entel has worked to integrate the power of data center computing with the intelligence of the network in a Unified Service Delivery approach. The combination of network and compute sets Entel apart as a leading provider in Chile.

Check out what Entel is saying about the quality of Cisco’s services and solutions, including UCS servers and Nexus data center switching.

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Embrace Change – There’s Opportunity in the Cloud

No matter which hemisphere you’re in, the season is beginning to change and the new season reminds me of a few changes and constants. Here in the San Francisco Bay area, the weather will soon be getting colder, the trees on the local hills will turn their leaves a different color, and traffic congestion picks up as local workers return from their vacations. But these changes are not out of the ordinary and we’re used to dealing with them. A little preparation, knowledge, and flexibility–whether dressing appropriately, admiring the beautiful seasonal transitions, and shifting a commute schedule–keep us going and happy.

Likewise, major changes in the cloud and data center are upon us, but we’ve seen transitions like this before in IT. Proper training, strong partnering, and accepting that progress is inevitable will position you for success on the pathway to Cloud delivery.

An example of one of our customers moving to the Cloud is Entel. Based in Chile, Entel has worked to integrate the power of data center computing with the intelligence of the network in a Unified Service Delivery approach. Here is a short video our global team put together with Entel.

It’s exciting to see customers using Cisco UCS servers and Nexus data center switching to deliver cloud services flexibly, at scale, and with a pay-per-use model and meeting with good success. In its portfolio of services, Entel can offer virtualization as well as Cloud services to their customers based upon specific needs. By combining the network and compute, Entel has what could be considered the most advanced data center in Chile. Their ability to offer any service with high availability quickly to the market puts them in a spot of opportunity and if that sounds good to you, please leave a comment on this blog.

Change can be good.

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