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Tour the Cisco Allen Data Center

I had been looking forward to revisiting one of my favorite data center’s.  We had done this first back in 2011 and that video continues to do pretty well.

We had a chance to go back this year and one of the first things I noticed when we returned…it was filling up.  All the open floor space we shot the open for in 2011 was now filled and their were crews still pulling in fresh cable, racking new equipment and more. It was a busy place all night long.  (Watch the full tour)

TechWiseTV Allen Data Center Cable Pull

TechWiseTV Allen Data Center Cable Pull

One of the biggest reasons we returned was the growth in cloud services and the extensive use and build out of UCS of course, but now also ACI. The flexibility of this entire network relies upon the very use of technology that Cisco is developing. Its certainly on the mature side of course since this is one of Cisco’s primary production centers. As you would probably notice, its a beautiful, roomy layout that makes it desirable for touring. This is not common of course but it was built as a showcase for customers who want to see how things look when they all come together. The site is mirrored in Richardson, just a 20 minute drive South from this Allen location so that either site could take over and maintain operations for Cisco.

I am a big fan of all the physical facility innovation present here. These visual aspects would be appealing to a visual storyteller of course, but they also have not really changed since 2011. Read More »

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TechWiseTV Workshop on Cisco CMX Location Services: The Next Best Thing to Being There

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As you’ve no doubt seen from our recent Connected Mobile Experiences (CMX) Momentum announcement, the solution continues to evolve in exciting new ways. As new customers see the potential and expand the number and types of use cases, we want to continue to grow the solution and deliver the most compelling location-based services available.

The one constant through all this continual change is how seeing is believing.

I know the line is overused and typically associated with something someone is trying to make seem just this side of magic. That’s not my intent. CMX isn’t magic. It’s just an intelligent and innovate application of the technology that most businesses do or should have in place. That said, the best way to understand and believe in the potential of CMX is to see it in use.

TWTV_164_240x200If you ever get a chance to visit a CMX deployment, including a Cisco Customer Experience Center, CMX Demo Lab, and, coming soon, a CMX On-the-Go Demo, by all means take the time. You will not be disappointed. Read More »

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#CiscoChampion Radio S1|Ep 42. Jimmy Ray Purser Talks Tech

CiscoChampion2015200PX#CiscoChampion Radio is a podcast series by Cisco Champions as technologists. Today we’re talking with Cisco Technical Marketing Engineer and TechWiseTV host, Jimmy Ray Purser  (@JimmyRay_Purser), about all things IT. Amy Lewis (@CommsNinja) moderates and Sven Kutzer, Amy Arnold and Robert Novak are this week’s Cisco Champion guest hosts.

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Cisco Technical Marketing Engineer and TechWiseTV host, Jimmy Ray Purser (@JimmyRay_Purser)

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Sven Kutzer, @svenkutzer, Senior Systems Engineer
Amy Arnold, (@amyengineer), Senior Network Engineer
Robert Novak, (@gallifreyan), Cisco Consulting Systems Engineer Read More »

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Smarter Routers for the Intelligent WAN

New ISR 4K Routers!

New ISR 4K Routers!

I really don’t envy the Cisco ISR team. It is really tough to be a leader and still out perform yourselves on a consistent basis.  One could argue there is nowhere to go but down.  I think is cool that TechWiseTV has been around long enough to chronicle the changes over time.  Heck, many of our favorite engineers have been around the entire time as well..that gives us the unique ability to tell a story that can both respect and hopefully contrast the evolution in an appreciative way.

We recently had a chance to showcase the new ISR 4000 Series.  ISR remains the acronym for this family as it stands in for ‘Integrated Services Router.’  I am sure we made this argument before, but one way to characterize this one is to see just how much the innovation swings towards the ‘I’ and the ’S’ these days.  It makes sense. There is only so much one can do from a pure routing perspective, especially if you consider that speeds and feeds will grow naturally with the rest of the market and nobody pays the Cisco premium for just keeping up with the Joneses.

This new series is a compliment to the old family line referred to as the ISR G2. We covered that one back in 2009 with episode 53 ‘The Router is Dead. Long Live the Router.’  It is fun, for me anyway, to go back and see if my superlatives have gotten any less superlative.

Quit Reading, Start Watching:  TWTV 158 – Smarter Routers for the Intelligent WAN 

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Tina Shakour talks to Mike Woods from Akamai

Tina Shakour talks to Mike Woods from Akamai

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Explore Cisco TAC

Jimmy Ray never reads directions

Jimmy Ray never reads directions

Just another Call Center?

Initially, I was not too excited about doing a show on TAC, Cisco’s Technical Assistance Center.  This topic has been requested in various forms throughout the years and for whatever reason, we just never took the time to do it right.  Until now. 

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Cool thing about TAC as a subject for us? It is TECH Reality.  This really can’t be a marketing show as they deal with deployments.  As much as I could now make an argument for why they should be a part of any pre-sale process – I get it. They truly live at that golden moment…when someone has a problem and they are either going to become a customer for life…or be lost forever.  

‘Service after the sale’ is something we all enjoy complaining about.  While often the last thing we consider when making a purchase…it’s the FIRST thing we call out when it fails us.

Sure TAC does a great job, they have also developed some great models for managing high volume, high complexity change…a worthy goal for any  customer service environment.   I honestly did not realize just how much they do until we really dug into our research for this.

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