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Geek Day Update – 35 Labs 20 Sessions

We’re only a couple days away from the sixth annual Geek Day.  This year’s event  features 20 breakout sessions and 35 learning labs on topics that cover the full spectrum of virtualization technology.   We have over 700 registrations.

Thanks to all of our sponsors:  Akorri, AMD, American Power Conversion (APC), AppSense, Avocent, BMC Software, Cisco, Citrix, Dell, eG Innovations Inc., EMC, Emulex, F5, Hitachi, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Innovative Research, Inc., Kingston Technology Company, Inc., NetApp, QLogic, Quest Software, Savvis, Inc., Sun/Oracle, Wyse Technology, Veeam Software, Vizioncore Inc., VMware, Xiotech Corporation and Zeus.

For more info. go to http://www.geekday.com/

Are you V-Ready? More Importantly are your People & Processes Ready?

 Whether you’re at a dead stop (there are very few of you out there) or 15 percent there (like most of you) enterprises appear to be at a virtualization plateau and driving to the next level of relies more on an IT organization’s ability to evolve their people and processes versus deciding on the technology.

Don’t get me wrong, picking the right technology is extremely important–just ask any manufacturer! Continue reading

10 Things to Know about the Cisco Nexus 1000V

vcenter vsphere 4 n1000v screen shotI managed to corral three of our senior consulting services engineers, Dave Harrison, Mike Jennings & Kent Noyes, and ask them about the Nexus 1000V.  (All three are CCIEs and Dave/Kent have VCPs to boot.)

Dave, to start, what is the Nexus 1000V?

DAVE: Here’s the product marketing answer from Cisco, which is pretty good.

“The Nexus 1000V switch is a pure software implementation of a Cisco Nexus switch. It resides on a server and integrates with the hypervisor to deliver VN-Link (Cisco VN-Link: Virtualization-Aware Networking) virtual machine-aware network services.”

To boil it all down, the Nexus 1000V gives the network admin visibility and control of the traffic traveling inside the virtual world of VMware.

Bob: Does that mean the network admin didn’t have “visibility and control” before? Continue reading

Cisco’s C-Series Rack Server Product Announcement

Bob and Soni C-Series Announcement

I had the honor to be on stage when Soni Jiandani, Cisco’s vice president of marketing for its server access virtualization business group, announced Cisco’s new C-Series Rack Servers.   (About the same time the annoucement was occuring, I was informed that we recieved our first order for UCS from one of our large, high-tech customers.)

I commented that the C-Series announcement was important for three reasons:

First, the C-Series as well as all of the channel program and product announcements over the past 18 months, demonstrates Cisco’s commitment to UCS as an architecture.

Second, for World Wide and other partners who are focused on delivering business solutions in the data center, the C-Series offers a powerful choice, especially for those customers who want to maximize their investment in virtualization and lower their total cost of ownership.

Finally, for our broad spectrum of customers which include service providers, Fortune 1000, and public sector, the C-Series provides a flexible and easy entry point to Cisco’s UCS architecture.