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Look, I know what you are here for.  You want me to use my powers of industry awareness, combine them with my proximity to VMware, EMC and Cisco and tell you exactly what the acquisition of Whiptail means, not just for VCE but for the industry as a whole, right?

Well, good luck.  I counted [...]

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Martin Glassborow posted a thought provoking piece on his blog a couple weeks back talking about how the intelligence native to infrastructure seems to be working it’s way up from the individual components.  Specifically he references the EMC acquisition of ScaleIO, and how storage seems to [...]

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Finally.  Finally.  I’ve been waiting a while to put this post together.

Most of you have read about the dustup between Tesla founder Elon Musk and the NYT reporter who wrote a critical review of the car’s performance.  What was interesting to me was that the conversation was immediately [...]

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You may have seen a few tweets last week, formally confirming that VCE has the ability to resell the Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud (IAC) solution directly.

I’ve been asked by a couple people why there wasn’t more of a formal announcement with regards to this, since there was no VCE [...]

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Over the last few weeks I’ve been thinking a lot about communities, and the different kinds of communities that are needed in a corporate environment today.  Working through this in my head helped me put some recent discussions and announcements in context, so I’m hoping by sharing we can start a discussion on how to [...]

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Last week’s announcement that Cisco has acquired Cloupia is one that I was excited about on a number of levels.  First, the Cloupia team, including Raju Penmetsa, their CTO and Raju Datla, their CEO have been great to work with and I’m excited to see their hard work pay off.  It couldn’t [...]

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Chuck Hollis has a way of taking a good story and putting an interesting perspective, on it, and his latest post, a look into the long and fruitful partnership between EMC and Cisco is no different.  When put into context and on a timeline, it’s informative to see how the companies have partnered for the [...]

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Man, Cisco definitely knows how to put on a show, that’s for sure.  Way up here at the top of the first paragraph, I want to thank Cisco and the many, many, many people who were responsible for the activities of the last four days.  From a great (great) venue, to good keynotes, [...]

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One of the core value propositions of the Vblock is the reduction of risk and increase in speed-to-market for our customers as they build out their own private cloud or consuming it from one of our service provider partners. This reduction of risk comes as part of a process that is incorrectly labeled as a [...]

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Totally by chance, I happened to catch the interview that John Chambers did with Charlie Rose last week.  If you can’t watch the video, Businessweek did a good recap here.

For those of us who have heard John speak before, much of what he covers is common [...]

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If you haven’t seen it, Rob Lloyd, the Cisco EVP for Worldwide Operations and Global Sales sat down with our good friends at CRN and gave a very insightful “state of the organization” interview.  It’s a fascinating read in many ways, particularly to see how some of the promised changes at Cisco [...]

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For the next three weeks VCE is starting off 2012, and celebrating a pretty impressive 2011, by holding a series of sales/technical kickoff meetings in Dallas, Boston and London.  These three day gatherings include a number of breakout sessions for the different teams, and include all new collateral, presentations and a first look at some [...]

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While working with a customer last week on a multi-site, production virtualization design using the 700-series Vblocks, a question came up over the scalability of the Cisco MDS switches.  The customer has MDS 9222i switches in use now, and each Vblock included a pair of MDS 9506 switches for FC connectivity.  Specifically, the [...]

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I was lucky enough to have Jay Cuthrell (@qthrul) back out at the last minute (ha) and was offered a spot in one of the daily vblogs that Cisco’s Didier Rombaut (@drombaut) and Brian Gracely (@bgracely) are doing every day here at Cisco Live 2011.  Also in the video is my fellow Charlottean and good [...]

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Kevin McLaughlin did a lengthy story over on CRN.com in May about how Unified Communications is the “next big thing”, and while his reasoning is sound, including his observation that Cisco is leading the pack, I would argue that we’ve passed the tipping point with this technology. There are a [...]

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This post grew out of a conversation I had on Twitter last week with Ed Haletky (@texiwill) and Brent Quick (@brent_quick) on Twitter.  Trying to cram everything in 140-character snippets was driving my crazy, so I threatened to turn my ranting into a blog post.  And here it is!  [...]

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