Inside Cisco IT

October 8, 2015

INSIDE CISCO IT

Requiem for a Data Center

Cisco IT has, as you may have heard, been shutting down some of its Data Centers. We’ve closed dozens of older facilities – some large, many small – in the past 10 years, consolidating into purpose-built rooms that better enable our business. The latest to close was the company’s longest-running Development Data Center, located at […]

September 30, 2015

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Signs, Signs, Everywhere a Sign

As I’ve mentioned in more than one post, I enjoy touring Data Centers.  One detail I pay attention to during these visits is signage. Are patch panels and structured cabling labeled, so it’s easy to trace connections between devices? Is electrical circuit information provided at each cabinet location, so power feeds can be quickly identified? Do alarms (fire […]

September 16, 2015

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Cisco Supports User Data Privacy in Landmark Case between Microsoft and the US Government

Last week, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit heard arguments in Microsoft’s litigation with the U.S. government over data stored in its Ireland data center. Cisco joined together with Verizon, HP, eBay, salesforce, and Infor to file an amicus (friend of the court) brief in support of Microsoft’s position. The Government of […]

September 14, 2015

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The Origins of Fast IT

Fast IT – It started in our Data Center, and now it’s everywhere https://youtu.be/sChoGrmpNmw “Fast IT” started for...

August 28, 2015

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Cisco IT’s User Experience Playbook: Content, Search, and Collaboration

Have you or one of your co-workers ever said “I can’t find my stuff!”? We’ve heard it a lot. Chapter 3 of Cisco IT’s User Experience (UX) Playbook is dedicated to never having to hear “I can’t find my stuff” again. 

August 26, 2015

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To Outsource IT, or Not to Outsource IT? That is the Question.

Sharing IT stories is the backbone of Cisco on Cisco, and architecture is the backbone of IT. What happens when you outsource ALL of your IT, including the architecture? Sure, it may sound like a good idea, and there definitely are positive aspects to outsourcing some parts of IT; but when you lose control of your architecture, IT becomes slow […]

August 17, 2015

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Data Center Day Shines in the Lone Star State

The third annual Cisco IT Data Center Day put a spotlight on the Internet of Everything (IoE) market transition and gains of deploying an Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI). Over 300 attendees, including 124 customers representing 85 different companies, attended the event held at our state-of-the-art data center in Allen, Texas.

August 12, 2015

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ACI Makes Sense for the Enterprise Environment

Watch as I provide Rich Gore, Cisco IT member of Technical Staff, an update on how Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) is enabling Cisco IT to operate efficiently and...

August 5, 2015

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Cisco IT Helps Groom Future STEM Talent

Fostering science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education is a business imperative for Cisco. STEM careers are an important element of Cisco IT, and factor significantly in growing our diverse pool of talent and maintaining competitive advantage. Cisco IT supports several company STEM initiatives through mentoring, IT training, and job programs with schools in local […]