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Why Cisco for Desktop Virtualization?

Ahead of Cisco’s upcoming Desktop Virtualization announcement, we are conducting a series of interviews with members of our desktop virtualization product teams so get their insights into desktop virtualization from industry, customer and Cisco perspectives.  In this blog, we interview Jeff Platon, Senior Director of Strategy and Operations for the desktop virtualization engineering product teams at Cisco.  Jeff describes Cisco’s desktop virtualization solution, Cisco Virtualization Experience Infrastructure (VXI), and explains what prompted Cisco to build it.

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Cisco John Chambers brought a lot of substance today at Oracle OpenWorld

October 5, 2011 at 11:42 am PST

Some people with probably think that I drank the Kool aid- Well our CEO and Chairman did a fantastic job this morning as a key note speaker at Oracle OpenWorld! Not as controversial as other CEOs , but certainly a speech which makes employees very proud to work for Cisco.

John McAbel who has been involved in the preparation of this speech warned me couple of days ago

“We are very excited to have John Chambers at Oracle OpenWorld this year.  It’s the first year he is a key note speaker in four years at the conference  I think it’s a reflection of the growth of the UCS within the Oracle ecosystem  We have now hundreds of customers who are running UCS today , many of these customers are running large Oracle mission critical workload, such as EMC, Qualcom, University of Colarado, and others . So I think that John being here is a reflection of this growth, but also of the overall commitment of the partnership between the two companies Openworld in fact runs on Cisco networking gear and we  run a lot of Cisco on  Oracle eBusiness  Suite  and  Oracle data base . So there is a nice synergy between the two companies

I think you’ll find this  key notes unlike other key notes at Oracle OpenWorld , where we are going to have demonstration on stage of Cisco UCS running Oracle codes, we are also going to show how we can take that technology to help improve how customers will process words and some of the processes you will find them entertaining !”

- He was right !I saw this morning a constant flow of appreciative tweets on John’s speech Here are some of them starting with  Marc Benioff  from SalesForce.com  “John Chambers is delivering one of the best keynotes in our industry. Watching him is humbling. He is as good as they get.”( @benioff)

“Have to say, Cisco CEO John Chambers is an excellent speaker, nice mix of biz, tech and vision RT “(@mfauscette)
“That winds up John Chambers. Impressive talk! I learned a lot.”(@Oracleheretic)
“Keynotes focusing on substance, not style issues. Other keynoters should take note, emulate“(@carterlusher)
“Vendors that speak at industry conf’s should replay John Chambers #oow11 keynote. Very  good balance of Thought Leadership + Product Pitch” (@sameerpatel)
“John Chambers is the best speaker in our industry. #oow11 He sets the bar.”
“Bold & consistent if nothing else” (@ca_bshimmin)
“Great ideas! John Chambers, Cisco President, at Oracle OpenWorld”

I will not go through all the rich content of this entertaining and some times provocative speech  (“If you agree with everything I say today, I haven’t done my job”. John Chambers).  I hope to be very soon in a position to point to a the slide deck or even the recording of the speech -- So stay tuned
But here are some talking points (as perceived by the audience) , as well as the first reactions  on this speech about change from The Register and The New York Time

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BYOD! What do you bring to the party?

October 4, 2011 at 9:43 am PST

Historically Healthcare has the reputation of being behind the technology curve, however the next-generation worker is now driving the demand for the Bring Your Own Device business model.

“What? That’s crazy talk! How do I maintain a controlled secure environment?” Exclaims the IT Manager.

This new age of social intelligence and the evolution of social networks and mobility bring the expectation of free choice among the work force. Workers are putting the pressure on organizations for interoperability between the enterprise network and the devices of their choosing.

Today the average person on the planet has 1.8 devices on today’s networks connecting over 13 billion devices in total.  By the year 2015 that number is expected to  rise to 25 billion equating to 3.47 devices per person. Read More »

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Cloud Computing vs. Virtualization: The Differences and Benefits

Both solutions can help maximize your current resources and technology dollars

Like many technologies that were once available only to large organizations, virtualization and cloud computing are being scaled down for small business use. The two technologies are often mentioned in the same breath as though they’re interchangeable—they’re not. Here’s where the two technologies overlap: Virtualization is one of the fundamental technologies that makes cloud computing work. However, virtualization is not cloud computing.

In enterprise networks, virtualization and cloud computing are often used together to build a private cloud infrastructure. For most small businesses, however, each technology will be deployed separately to gain measurable benefits. In different ways, virtualization and cloud computing can help you keep your equipment spending to a minimum and get the best possible use from the equipment you already have.

First, you need to understand what virtualization and cloud computing are. Virtualization software allows one physical server to run several individual computing environments. In practice, it’s like getting multiple servers for each physical server you buy.  This technology is fundamental to cloud computing.  Cloud providers have large data centers full of servers to power their cloud offerings, but they aren’t able to devote a single server to each customer. Thus, they virtually partition the data on the server, enabling each client to work with a separate “virtual” instance of the same software. Read More »

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Cisco Partner Westcon Group’s LEAP Centers Focus on Technology’s Business Value

Sometimes it helps to see real-world routing and switching technology, data center security, and virtualized Unified Communications in action. Did you know that there’s a place you can do just that—either in person, or virtually?

It’s been just about a year since Cisco distributor partner the Westcon Group unveiled its LEAP Centers (LEAP stands for Learn, Experience, Architect and Plan). LEAP Centers provide partners with hands-on training  in a lab environment, where a reseller and end-user can come together for hands-on demonstrations.

Cisco partners can take advantage of training to evaluate core switching and routing processes, application delivery, data center security, virtualized Unified Communications and other data-centric and Cisco UCS solutions. Westcon has two LEAP Centers, one in Denver, Colorado, and the other in Brussels, Belgium. If you can’t visit in person, Westcon enables users to access LEAP Center resources virtually, as well.

I got the chance to chat with Bill Hurley, CTO of the Westcon Group, and he filled me in on what’s been going on over the past year, why Cisco partners should take advantage of what the LEAP centers have to offer, and how the LEAP centers have exceeded Westcon’s expectations.

It’s been almost a year since you launched the LEAP centers: What’s been going on with them during that time frame?

Bill Hurley: We have been phenomenally successful in raising awareness about the impact and benefits of virtualization and data center consolidation—those have been our two biggest areas of inquiry and activity. We’ve focused on showing how UCS helps enable business benefits. And we’ve also run specific programs around a service-oriented architecture (SOA)-enabled data center, as well as a UCS bootcamp.

LEAP centers have appealed to both partners and end-users: They’re not just about speeds and feeds, but instead help in putting all the technology in a business context. There’s a real benefit for partners in physically being at a LEAP center—it helps them understand how the technologies really work together. Read More »

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