March Madness is here and in full effect.  If you’re reading this post you probably aren’t paying close enough attention to the results pouring in from the round of 64.   Today and tomorrow will make or break your bracket!  Take appropriate action.  As soon as I hit “publish” on this post I promise you that I will.

We have some fun things going on here during the tournament.  If you’re watching the games you may see some UCS ads (yes, server ads from Cisco on TV…believe it!)   We teamed up with CDW and Charles Barkley to celebrate the soothing hum of the data center in this spot, and there are a couple more that touch on Cisco Data Center more broadly.


These ads come on the heels of a big push we’re making at Cisco to spread the good word about Unified Computing.  We have print and digital ads running across the big tech pubs that talk about the very real application performance and IT operations benefits the UCS brings.

 Cisco also has much larger role to play in the Madness of course.  It is becoming commonly accepted that the tournament is going to come into the workplace and certainly into the mobile sphere.  CNN is running an interview with Kip Compton of Cisco today looking at how March Madness impacts networks and the Internet, especially at work. They’re airing it sometime around 10 a.m.   So if you have two TVs (or two browsers), run one on the games and one on CNN 😉


Enjoy the games….I know I enjoyed CJ Fair posterize Mr. Porter last week.  It’s too late to update your bracket, so Fear the Orange if you didn’t take them all the way!

Don’t forget to tip your servers….


Todd Brannon

Product Management Senior Director, Cisco Compute