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Introducing VXLAN

August 30, 2011 at 9:40 am PST

From my perspective, Cisco continues to be a fun place to work for a couple of reasons.  First of all, we have a company full of really smart geeks with networking chops second to none.  Second, we have the freedom to push boundaries and find ways to make our customers’ lives easier.

Bring those two together and you get some interesting results, like the new VXLAN technology we announced at VMworld today. Working with industry notables, Cisco contributed our networking smarts to help develop a technology that will make a big difference for our customers who want to build clouds.  VXLAN is the basis of a scalable cloud network where lots of logical networks (over 16M, courtesy of a 24 bit of logical network identifier) can be created instantly to meet the needs of the even the most complex and dynamic cloud.  Indeed, the technology even pushes the boundary of virtual machine migration beyond a layer 2 domain.  A group of networking and server virtualization companies have submitted a joint proposal to the IETF to have the VXLAN technology standardized.

To read the IETF submittal, click here.  To learn more about why VXLAN should be part of you cloud plans, read this white paper.  If you are at VMworld, by all means, swing by the Cisco or VMware booth to see a demo and get your questions answered.

If you are interested in putting VXLAN to test, stay tuned for the upcoming 1.5 release of Nexus 1000V (entering beta in September 2011).

Look for more posts on the topic, but, in the interim, if you have questions, post them here and we’ll get them answered.

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@ciscoDC – Preparing for VMworld 2011 – Carb Loading

Thanks for all the cards, letters, tweets and Facebook updates you sent us about “your freaked out Social Media lead” yesterday. We’re happy to report that everything is ok. In typical Cisco fashion, we regrouped, got innovative and came up with some unique ways to deliver all the knowledge, expertise and fun that we plan to have at VMworld 2011. And surprisingly, we were able to make this video just a mere 24 hours later….

So everything’s done. The experts are ready to answer your questions. All the events are planned and ready to get started on Sunday. We hope to see all of your out there in the Cisco Booth (#700).

To keep up with everything Cisco @ VMworld 2011, we recommend you follow @ciscoDC and #ciscovmw.

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@ciscoDC – Social Media all over VMworld 2011

I’m excited to be part of the group of dedicated bloggers, vloggers, and tweeters from the Cisco Data Center marketing team at my first VMworld ever. I think events like this are the best way to get a real sense of the industry across the breadth of operators, engineers, decision makers, vendors, and analysts. There are more people I’d like to meet and catch up with than I think is even possible in just four days. Our social media guru, Amy Lewis, asked me to make a video about it. [I meant VMworld 2011 when I said VMworld 21, really.]

Our team will have “roving reporters” speaking to people of all stripes about what they’re interested in, what they’re learning, what sessions they’ve found useful, what kinds of problems they’re solving, and the technology on display. We’ll also be covering some of the tweetups and events that our team is running during the show:

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Cisco VXI, Virtual Desktops, VMworld, and Vegas…

Once again, it’s the perfect storm of IT pros, all-you-can-eat-buffets, and outstanding content on end-user computing, and it all starts next week!

But before I get to the part where I try to hijack your calendar with all the great Cisco VXI content available to you at VMworld 2011, I want to share some perspective from my visit to Metro Health in Grand Rapids Michigan last week.  Read More »

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@ciscoDC – Preparing for VMworld 2011 – Calling Dr.Tweeter

On Monday we showed you the preparation. On Tuesday we showed you the execution model. We thought things were under control, but when you have so much going on at a huge event, sometimes the pressure starts to take it’s toll. Luckily we have great teamwork within the Cisco Data Center team and we were able to spot the signs early.

To keep up with everything Cisco @ VMworld 2011, we recommend you follow @ciscoDC and #ciscovmw.

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