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What Cisco is doing to help retailers and merchants secure customer credit card data

Recently there has been a series of news items as enterprises announce they have been breached and their sensitive customer and financial records compromised.  According to Verizon 2011 Breach report 92% of the attacks were external and 76% of all data breached came from servers.  The PCI Security Standards Council is an open global forum formed in 2006 that is responsible for the PCI Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), a standard that is designed to protect cardholder data.

I sat down with Lindsay Parker, Cisco global retail industry director about Cisco’s current investments and efforts to help retailers and merchants secure customer credit card data and maintain compliance with PCI DSS.

Here are some key points from our conversation:

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Cloudy Thoughts about EMC World 2011

Next week is EMC World 2011 in Las Vegas, with Cloud Computing being one of the major themes. Cisco is an Elite-level sponsor of the event and will have a huge presence (see full schedule of activities) throughout the week. We’ll be showcasing Unified Computing (UCS), Unified Fabric, FCoE, Virtual Desktops (VDI), Virtual Experience Infrastructure (VXI), Unified Network Services, Data Center Network Manager (DCNM), Private Cloud, Application Mobility and of course deep integration between Cisco and EMC (VPLEX, Greenplum, VNX, etc.)

If you’re planning to be in attendance and would like to talk about Cloud, I’d enjoy meeting you. Here’s where I’ll be throughout the week, as well as attending sessions, meeting with customers, hanging out in the EMC Blogger’s Lounge and networking with colleagues from across the industry: Read More »

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“Not every startup can afford to buy redundant vBlocks”

This past weekend, the social media channels were ablaze with discussions about the Cloud Computing events of last week. Many of the discussions centered around the idea that customers of public cloud services had over-estimated what would actually be delivered, especially in the areas of High Availability and Disaster Recovery. Some people argued that it was the providers fault, while others argued that the customers should have known better and designed their applications accordingly.

Initial deployment costs often came up during discussions, especially as it related to start-ups and growing businesses that required (or preferred) the pay-as-you-go consumption model to one that was more CapEx focused. Sometime during the discussion, I received a tweet that said “Not every startup can afford to buy redundant vBlocks”.

I’m not sure if this was directed at me, Cisco or VCE. Either way, it was probably directed at the most visible integrated offering from technology companies that have chosen to supply best-of-breed infrastructure for public (and private) cloud builders, not “be the cloud” for companies.

My initial reaction was, “huh, when did the discussion move back to small companies buying their own infrastructure?”. This isn’t the late 1990s, where every start-up in Silicon Valley bought huge quantities of servers, storage and networks, which required them to raise large amounts of capital to fund the infrastructure before they could even begin growing their business. We understand that VCs give start-ups less these days because they don’t want to pay for the business risk + infrastructure assets. Too many start-ups fail or don’t have a viable business model, so move the infrastructure costs to the commodity public clouds. Read More »

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Michael Capellas Shares VCE Strategy, Impact to Cisco Partners

March 21, 2011 at 12:51 pm PST

“Cloud is going to be the dominant technology going forward,” as Michael Capellas told us at Partner Summit 2011.

And, he knows a thing or two about cloud—after all he’s the CEO of the Virtual Computing Enviroment (VCE), the joint venture between Cisco, VMware, and EMC.

When VCE was formed, the goal was to accelerate the transition to fully virtualized environments and private clouds. And with the Vblock, VCE delivers the industry’s first completely integrated IT offering that combines best-in-class virtualization, networking, computing, storage, security, and management technologies with end-to-end vendor accountability.

While I was on site at Partner Summit, I got the chance to chat with Michael Capellas and he discussed the value that VCE brings to our partners.

How does that impact you and your business? Read More »

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Partner Update Newscast: This Week’s Top Cisco Partner Headlines

March 18, 2011 at 9:57 am PST

Another week, another Partner Update newscast.

In this week’s episode, we offer a quick recap of Partner Summit 2011 with some event highlights, important links, plus our handy, downloadable summary document with all of the important links you need – from Cloud partner programs to Architecture specializations and those great deals that were announced, like a big WebEx discount for partners. And, if you missed Partner Summit keynotes, executive chats, or theater breakout sessions, head over to the Virtual Partner Summit site for replays.

I also caught up with Virtual Computing Environment CEO Michael Capellas who talked about the importance of VCE, its value to Cisco partners, and some info about VBlock. We’ll be sharing more of his insights and the full interview with him here on the Channels blog on Monday, so be sure to check back.

Watch our Partner Update newscast for the top partner headlines.

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