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An interview with Manjula Talreja Cisco VP, Virtual Computing Environment (VCE) coalition

January 20, 2010 - 3 Comments

Manjula Talreja, is the new Cisco Vice –President for the Virtual Computing Environment  coalition created  2 months ago by Cisco and EMC together with VMware. She will be next week in Barcelona, Spain,  for Networkers at Cisco Live 2010. (January 25-28)

Manjula, who leverages in this new position her 20 years industry background in business strategy consulting and operations of large scale IT applications, is well known at Cisco for her leading  role in the Software Busines Group. She ran previously the Customer Business Transformation organization within the Voice Technology Group. Before joining Cisco, Manjula used to work for HP in the US, South East Asia, and Europe .
Her success is related to two of her key strengths :The ability to drive innovation and change management on one hand ,  to synthesize and communicate complex ideas in simpler terms on the other hand.

As Manjula will be part of a VCE panel, organized in Barcelona on Tuesday January 26, with EMC Dennis Hoffman and VMware Hatem Naguib, I met her briefly to have some insights on the Virtual computing Environment coalition, and its joint offering called “the Vblock infrastructure packages”.
I asked her also to give me some clarification on  the role of the Cisco EMC joint venture Acadia, as well as the support provided by system integrators and channel partners to what she described as an “integrated system approach “ in the journey to the private cloud .
Here is the first part of the interview

Stay tuned for the second part of the video on Friday

If you are in Europe, but you don’t plan to be in Barcelona next week,  you still want to join live keynotes and visit the data center virtual booth  in registering here

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  1. I don’t have a better understanding of vBlock than I did before watching this video. I wish we could dispense with the use of the corporate buzz-words and speak in plain English. What specifically is vBlock and what are the benefits of vBlock over what our competitors offer, in customer terms, not corporate speak. Specific tangible benefits or doing business with Cisco, EMC and VMware, vs the other options customers have.

  2. Great post and nice video! Thanks for the good information.

  3. Great post Didier! Thanks for the info. We are building a TechWiseTV show on this topic so more coming soon…!Robb Boyd