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What’s your Cloud IQ?

July 25, 2012 at 9:00 am PST

Two of my favorite geeks are presenting a workshop today on Bringing the Cloud to your Remote Offices.  Jimmy Ray is hosting his ‘brother from another mother’ (as we fondly refer to him) Matt Bolick.  Matt first blew our doors off back in 2009 as we featured the then new ISR G2 in our ‘Routers are Dead…Long Live the Router show (now retired).  Well, Matt was a featured guest recently on another big show we did, the Cisco Cloud Intelligent Network.   You can see Matt’s segment on Application Visibility and Control from that show right now as a great pre-study for the workshop above.   I also recommend our recent ‘Fundamentals of the Cloud Services Router’ as a secondary study resource.  Matt was instrumental in our writing and creation of this tool as well and I think you will find it valuable.

Heres the thing -- The Cloud and the Network are very co-dependent.  The network is poised for incredible leaps of intelligence now more than ever with this pressure from cloud implementations being quick to reveal weakness. I have even heard where the WAN has been re-defined as “Weak Area Network.”  Why?  Poor performance, inadequate security, lack of visibility and complex management, just to name a few An intelligent network endows the WAN with the  efficiency of cloud and and the confidence of a private network.

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Overlay Transport Virtualization

July 24, 2012 at 10:16 am PST

Fresh from the lab, Jimmy Ray takes a question on OTV or Overlay Transport Virtualization.  This layer 2 Data Center Interconnect technology is growing in popularity as deployed on the Nexus 7000 as it promises transparent workload mobility, business resilience and superior efficiency with computing resources. This could be THE technology for those of you overcomplicating your network design or simply not attempting certain architectures for you did not know this could be done.

We featured OTV quite awhile back in one of our earlier Fundamental animations.  See if this also helps you.   Read More »

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Cisco live! Recap: Jimmy Ray Talks Virtual Overlays and “Programming” the Network

June 15, 2012 at 8:20 am PST

This week at Cisco live! in San Diego I had a chance to catch up with Jimmy Ray Purser and talk about Cisco’s strategy for programming the network, and specifically programming virtual network slices of a larger physical infrastructure:

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Hear from Our Customers at Cisco Live San Diego

As organizations work to evolve their IT infrastructure into a cloud-based model, one concept becomes self-evident: connecting users to the cloud with confidence. In order to achieve that, any virtual infrastructure must have the ability to pool multiple physical devices into a single virtual instance, then expand and contract that instance simultaneously and instantaneously based on application, location or line of business requirements. Such needs further emphasize the importance of design flexibility and scalable deployment models within the WAN. Cisco WAAS provides exactly that and more. But, don’t just take our words for it. Hear directly from our customers at Cisco Live this week.  Read More »

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On June 12-14, Join Cisco Live San Diego virtually

June 6, 2012 at 2:00 pm PST

It’s that time of the year again…when Cisco’s annual flagship IT and communications conference, Cisco Live U.S., brings you the latest technical education and training, certification testing, and the opportunity to extend your professional networks. This year, the conference is being held in beautiful San Diego, with over 15,000 customers, IT experts and partners expected to attend. But don’t fret if you can’t attend in person, because content will be streamed live June 12-14 via the all-new Cisco Live 365. This content-based community and portal includes sessions from Cisco Live conferences around the globe, a totally revamped session catalog, social sharing features and an augmented World of Solutions. The best part? Access is free! During the event, you can look forward to the following:

  • Keynotes, Partner Super Sessions and press conferences
  • Selected technical sessions
  • Ask the Expert Sessions with live interaction with experts
  • Twenty-two Cisco and Partner Resource Centers in the virtual World of Solutions
  • uStream Cisco and partner channels streaming live from the WoS in San Diego
  • The chance to win prizes and earn Cisco Preferred Access points in the Cisco Live 365 Prize Center

Curious to see the live events schedule for June 12-14? Click here for the Cisco Live 365 agenda.

Nearly 300 breakout sessions will be captured on video during Cisco Live San Diego and made available by June 20 -- View a PDF of the capture list here. Plus, you’ll find monthly events on a wide range of topics offered throughout the year.

Join colleagues from over 195 countries, without ever leaving your desk. Log in for the full experience at www.CiscoLive365.com -- access is free

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