This is a guest blog post from John Woodall, Vice President of Engineering at Integrated Archive Systems, Cisco Premier and NetApp Star partner. John has more than 21 years of experience in the information technology industry. He joined IAS in 2002 as Sr. Infrastructure Architect and brings an extensive background in enterprise architecture, infrastructure, system design and large-scale, complex systems implementation. Recently, John was promoted to Vice President of Engineering, responsible for pre-sales technical architecture and professional services. Prior to joining IAS, John held architecture and management roles at Symantec, Solectron (now Flextronics), Madge Networks, and Elsevier MDL.
This is not supposed to be a blog per se on the cloud; we don’t need more of THAT! The journey to the cloud, an overused and tired message in my opinion, is now more akin to transporter technology in Star Trek: You choose where to go and you can be there in a moment. In a similar manner, choosing to put the cloud in your data center is something you and your customers can do now, no more journey to figure out.
Just do it. It really is that easy, a choice. The technology is mature. The tools work. The choice is yours…when the time is right for you and your customers. This week, that timing just got better for a whole new set of organizations and customers with the announcement of Cisco and NetApp’s entry-level FlexPods.
The inevitability of the cloud, the relentless juggernaut of change in the data center, has been and is continuing to impact all of us in the industry--customers, suppliers, resellers, providers--none of us escapes the Borg-like assimilation that we face.
The challenge has been: how to do it and how much will it cost? How in the world can a data center be transformed? How can our businesses derive the benefits and mitigate the risk of change? Read More »
At Cisco Data Center, we recognize that our community of partners is a critical sales success factor. – So the annual event Partner Summit, this year in San Diego California April 16-19 is a big deal!
In fact, the physical event in San Diego is already sold out, demonstrating clearly the dynamism of the Cisco partner community, which is more and more attracted to the Cisco Business proposition, the solutions and now the services opportunities.
But to make sure that every partner can benefit from this opportunity , the summit will come this year to you live via Virtual Partner Summit (VPS). All you have to do is register. Here is my list of the must watch data center sessions -
General Session with Keith Goodwin, John Chambers, Edison Peres
General Session with Edison Peres and Padmasree Warrior
Data Center & Virtualization Go-To-Market: The Unified Data Center Practice, Programs Evolution & Partner Incentives
BYOD and Beyond : It’s Not About the Device, it’s About Delivering the Next-Generation Workspace
Winning with Cloud: GTM updates on Strategy, Solutions and Partner Programs
Having said that, there are a lot of other sessions, that you probably will find of a great interest! All the news and program announcements, the business and technology sessions, but also chat with executives are a click away . It can’t really be easier. If you want to know more about the Virtual Partner Summit, including the prize that you can win by registering, watch this video and check these blogs Virtual Tour of Cisco’s Virtual Partner Summit 2012 and Know before you go : Cisco Partner Summit 2012
If you are already registered to attend physically the summit in San Diego , here are some interesting facts
It’s tax time here in the United States and after handing Uncle Sam a check with way more dollar signs than I had hoped, I decided that I should leave next year’s tax preparation to the professionals. But with so many options out there, who can I trust to maximize my refund and help me avoid the dreaded audit? I could go with a retail tax franchise that handles most tax situations. Or I could hire a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), a seasoned tax professional that passed the rigorous CPA exam and is certified to handle any tax situations. You can probably guess which one I’m leaning towards.
Whether you’re looking for someone to help with your taxes or your networking issues, we all have choices when it comes to selecting a service provider. We want to be ensured that the company we hire has the appropriate level of certification, first hand experience with our issue, and not only gets the job done but gets the job done right.
Did you know that 72 percent of the top 50 cloud providers rely on the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS)?
It’s true. And now the data center community is abuzz with excitement over new Cisco UCS innovations—the largest product refresh since its 2009 launch. Based on the Intel Xeon E5-2600 processor, the new UCS servers deliver the superior application performance, design flexibility, and investment protection you need to capitalize on the build-out in private and public clouds. (For a complete tour of all new technology being showcased in Cisco UCS, visit our sister blog, Data Center and Cloud.)
So, why should you care? The benefits of course!
Check it out:
Easier migration from your customers’ legacy applications to Cisco’s latest technology
Customers gain a competitive advantage by deploying new business models to meet changing business demands
Data Center Architecture (DCA) Specialized partners differentiate themselves by selling across the portfolio—and bringing the benefits of Cisco’s architecture to their customers
Want to know more? Back away from your browser. There’s no need to search. All of the new UCS launch resources can be found in the UCS Partner Briefing Package.
What is the UCS Partner Briefing Package and what does it contain? Read More »
And speaking of cloud marketing, whether you’re in Las Vegas or not, the Cisco Cloud Marketing Kit is now available to help you position and market your cloud-based solutions to customers and prospects. It’s completely free and is packed full of resources: collateral, presentations, sales tools, campaign/program links, and more.
Are you ready to make marketing innovation happen?