As we work to educate people on the value of a truly converged infrastructure product, two of the things we talk a lot about are the concepts of balance and context.  Balance within your architecture is important because it helps ensure that no part of the stack overwhelms any other, helping eliminate performance and availability issues and […]

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With Cisco Live only days away, I wanted to give everyone an overview of what VCE has going on at the show and where you’ll be able to find us to get questions answered.

First off, I’m […]

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Chad Sakac and Chuck Hollis have done a fantastic job of introducing the world to the VMAX 40K in all it’s peerless splendor, but of course there’s one more question being asked:  when will we get to see this behemoth, along […]

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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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In case you didn’t know it, I’m a stats nerd.  I love spreadsheets, I love pivot tables, I love statistics, I love data mining.  When I worked at Peak 10, my team would roll their eyes every time I’d pull up another Excel sheet to walk through a problem, and our vendors would scowl knowing […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Having being involved in a number of EMC product releases over the last couple years, this one may have garnered the most wildly speculative pre-launch chatter from the market.  While some of it was reasonably accurate, some of it was

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Now that the event is over, and everyone is safely back to their normal lives, I wanted to send up a quick recap of the conference.  If this event was a precursor to how the VCE 2012 event schedule is going to go, I’m very excited!

Before each event, the marketing team puts together […]

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With the day one issues all put to bed, day two was awesome.  The conference seemed much more lively today, and we ended up having a great day of booth presentations, VPLEX demos and hands on labs.

One of the presentations that I enjoyed the most was from Gideon Wilkins, the Director of Strategic […]

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Have you ever read the Calvin and Hobbes comic strips?  I grew up with them, and am a huge fan.  One of my favorite recurring things in the series was the concept of “Calvinball”, which was their way of rebelling against the rules they were surrounded by every day.  The only rules were that […]

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VCE is kicking off the year with a blow-out event planned for Cisco Live in London.  Having arrived on Sunday morning, the booth-building and setup was in full swing through Monday afternoon.

If you haven’t been to one of the major industry shows lately, VCE has really done a great job of putting together […]

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Last year, when vLaunchPad kicked off the voting for the 2011 Top 25 VMware Blogs, it was a goldmine for me.  As someone who had recently moved from the customer side of the game to a vendor, it was a great way to get exposure to all of the […]

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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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For those of you who are regular readers of my blog, I beg your indulgence as this post is going to be a little different, and a little personal.  I promise to get back on schedule with the technical/business posts, and I have my 2011 recap ready to go for next week, but this is […]

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I think it’s because of the many, many years that I spent playing and managing baseball, but I’ve always been interested in the concept of teams, and the art/science behind building them. Much like a baseball team, where different positions require different skillsets and personalities, enterprises today also require a mix of people with different […]

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