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Cisco Partner Update News Roundup: July 1-21

- July 21, 2011 - 1 Comment

It’s time for another edition of Partner Update, our video newscast covering the top Cisco partner news headlines in five minutes (or less). While this update is less than four minutes long, it’s jam-packed with news and announcements for partners.

The first item is so hot off the presses, so it didn’t make our newscast. Keith Goodwin just posted a blog today highlighting the next step in the evolution of Cisco’s Worldwide Partner Organization and how it affects partners. The changes fall into three main areas: Partner Led, Partner Marketing, and geographic alignment. Keith also provides information about the new executive team in his post.

For the rest of your breaking news, watch this week’s Partner Update video. This week’s top headlines include: a full recap of Cisco Live, how your customers can get twice the power per Ethernet port, tips to help service providers capitalize on the cloud, new apps that help you manage servers from anywhere, huge WebEx discounts for partners, and more.

Tune in and watch the latest partner news:

Read on for more details, time stamps so you can jump ahead to news items of interest, and links to what we covered in this week’s newscast.

Cisco Live Recap

Yep, we’re back from a week of learning, connecting, and collaborating with partners at Cisco Live 2011 in Las Vegas.  We met so many interesting attendees and partners and want to thank everyone who joined the event, both virtually and onsite.

We’ve got a full Cisco Live 2011 recap on the Channels blog which includes video highlights, pictures from the event, geeky gadgets, our favorite quotes from Captain Kirk’s (a.k.a. William Shatner’s) closing keynote, our favorite tweets, blogs of note, news announcements, information on how to access the replays, and more.

Double Power! (60 Watts Per Ethernet Port)

Cisco announced the industry’s first 60-watt Power over Ethernet for the Cisco Catalyst 4500E. With Universal Power Over Ethernet (UPOE), you get twice the power per port than with other switches – letting you power a greater range of devices through a single standard Ethernet cable.

And, customers can use their existing network to power these devices. Get all the details via the link above and watch our video interview with Rob Soderbery, SVP Ethernet Switching Technology Group.

Broadcast Recap: Tips to Help Service Providers Tap SMB Opportunity in Cloud
On Tuesday, we held a live broadcast directed toward Cisco’s service provider partners and ways they can capitalize on the growing cloud market within small and mid-sized businesses.

The broadcast featured Ellen Berlan, Director of Global Service Provider SMB at Cisco and Steve Hilton, who is Principal Analyst at Analysys Mason. The two talked about trends and how service providers can leverage the growth in cloud. We also answered audience questions that we received during the broadcast.

Reboot a Server from 30,000 Feet

It’s true, you can reboot a server from a plane (or anywhere) using UCSand, an Android app that enables you to monitor and control UCS.

In our blog, we detail Examworks’ CTO Brian Denton’s story. In short, he was on an airplane and got an e-mail about a server problem. He got onto vSphere, rebooted the server from 30,000 feet, and had it back up and running before touch down. Read the whole case study via the link above.

Speaking of apps, don’t forget to download the Cisco Partners App so you can stay up-to-date on videos, blogs, and news. The app is available for iPhone and Android. Details here.

90% WebEx Discount for Partners Offer Ends July 31

Time is running out for partners to take advantage of the WebEx Everywhere offer. WebEx Everywhere is a not-for-resale offer that allows qualifying partners to purchase Cisco WebEx and Meeting Center and WebEx Connect IM at a 90% discount.

And it’s only available through July 31, so be sure to sign up soon.

Tweet of the Week
Our Tweet of the Week comes from Cisco Live attendee @ajaxwriter who wrote:

I think I finally get the @WilliamShatner appearance. Cisco leads enterprises. Captain Kirk led the Enterprise. #CL11

Finally, we’re taking a short three-week haitus from Partner Update so Andrew can get married and go on his honeymoon in Hawaii. Congrats!

Until then, mahalo and you stay classy, partners.


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  1. The Cisco makes their way to success. I believe this is going to be another great achievement for Cisco Team. I'll be watching your live recap.