VMware vCloud Suite Provides a Path to Cloud Transformation

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Steve Kaplan, VP of Virtualization and Cloud Cloud Computing

Presidio works with many different manufacturers to implement various pieces of a private cloud strategy ranging from services catalogs to orchestration to chargeback.  vCloud Suite promotion is VMware’s latest effort to enable private cloud by putting the foundational products for VMware’s cloud strategy into hundreds of thousands of customer environments. It also provides both a comprehensive cloud-computing vision and tangible path for transformation to software-defined data centers.

The Complexity of Cloud

There is a plethora of marketing information contributes to a widespread lack of understanding of the transformational capabilities of cloud computing. VMware needed to differentiate its offering while providing both a complete and palpable product-based solution.

Digital Novice Becomes ICT Professional

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Rebecca Baca was looking for a new start and a more stable livelihood when she signed up for a Networking Academy course. Although she had never heard of Cisco and had little idea of what networking was all about, she stuck with it. After completing her coursework and earning a Cisco certification, she landed a job at an ICT services company and became the first woman in the organization to rise to the position of project consulting engineer.

Getting Comfortable with Technology

In 2003, Rebecca Baca was a 27-year-old single mother living with her parents in Albuquerque. After several years in low-paying service jobs in the hospitality industry, she wanted to become financially independent and make a better life for herself and daughter. She knew she would need more education to make that happen.

"My big breakthrough was being named lead engineer on a 19-site telephony project. Now I’m a senior voice consulting engineer” - Rebecca Baca

Nearby Technical Vocational Institute (now Central New Mexico Community College, or CNMCC) offered an Associate of Science degree in technology that seemed promising, but first she had to prepare by taking refresher courses and an elementary computing class. “It was kind of embarrassing how little I knew about computers,” she says.

UC on UCS: Control, Support and Vendor Commitment

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Dan Stephens, Director, Collaboration, Presidio South

“UC on UCS” is used to describe the placement of virtualized Cisco Unified Communications or Collaboration applications onto a Cisco Unified Compute System. Recently, a few clients have asked about the benefits of implementing UC on UCS, especially now that UC virtualization is also supported on other major Blade systems. The answer is simple: control, support and vendor commitment.

The value of virtualized Unified Communications applications is efficiency. You get reduced rack and floor space, reduced power and cooling, fewer physical servers to manage, reduced maintenance and support costs, increased portability and increased recovery capabilities. Cisco is now the third leading Compute provider. Cisco UCS also brings something unique - multiple compute domains managed by a single pane of glass, along with the benefit of being owned and developed by the same company that has shipped over 50 million IP phones. UC on UCS actually makes sense beyond the technical aspects of the manufacture compute systems.

Think that BYOD is a fad that isn’t here to stay? Think again!

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Ernest Dunn - Director, Secure Networks

While the term BYOD may be becoming a bit overused, we are really just starting to feel the impact of this movement.  Cisco just released a case study on the financial impact of BYOD which stated that 89 percent of companies are enabling their employees to use their own devices — specifically, mobile devices such as laptops, smartphones, and tablets — for work purposes. The study also showed that up to 88 percent of IT decision makers feel that BYOD is a positive development for their organization.  Quite simply, BYOD is the most significant change to hit IT since the adoption of the PC. 

So what kind of adoption are we seeing for BYOD out there?  It is massive.  By 2014, users will have more than three connected devices on average.  Think this sounds excessive?  Think again.  I am a great example of this.  At any given time I have my laptop, iPhone and iPad connected to the network.  And that is rapidly becoming the norm.  The number of BYOD devices in the United States, currently the largest BYOD market with 71 million BYOD devices, will have 108 million by 2016 and that is a conservative estimate. 

today | tomorrow | together

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Samuel Clements, Mobility Practice Manager, Presidio

Today kicked off day one of the 2013 Cisco Partner Summit. This is the first time I've had the opportunity to attend and to be perfectly honest, I wasn't sure what I was in for. I've attended numerous partner virtual team events in the past and I’m no stranger to Cisco partner facing events, but this event in particular allowed me to be an audience member to the likes of John Chambers, Bruce Klein, and Edison Peres. I've said numerous times, listening to someone’s message in his or her own environment is the most compelling way to receive it, and I wasn't disappointed. The Cisco team clearly articulated their vision for tomorrow’s technology; everything from spelling out various growth opportunities for partners as well as some very compelling data points and examples of real-world usages for the “Internet of Everything” vision.

Cisco Partner Summit 13 – today | tomorrow | together - a practical perspective

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Mike French, Chief Marketing Officer, Presidio

This year’s Partner Summit has already been one of the most impactful summits I have been to and I have seen 14 of the 17 Cisco has hosted. That is a pretty bold statement being that the summit just started, but let me justify that.

First of all, the Summit is being held in the courageous city of Boston. I got here a day early for executive one-on-one meetings on Monday and after a long day tried to find a quiet spot to retreat to. I left the Convention Center for my hotel’s concierge lounge knowing it would be empty since most people would still be at scheduled receptions. I was in luck; only one other table of a young woman in a wheel chair and her male companion who had on a soft cast or walking boot. The national evening news was on and within a few minutes of me sitting down I noticed the segment on the national news had footage of the very same woman who was just feet away from me at the next table. I did a double take and then realized that the news segment was about the survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing. I got up and introduced myself to them and learned that they were Adrianne and Adam Davis. Adrianne is the dancer who lost her leg and was saved by Adam who had just returned from active duty in Afghanistan. They were incredibly gracious and I left in awe and inspired by their strength and their amazing perspective on life.

Built to Run. Perform. Scale.

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Ray Clearwater, Consulting Principal, Presidio

I recently had a chance to get my hands on Cisco’s new MDS 9710 fabric director at EMC World 2013 and I can describe it in two words, common sense.   

Common sense is defined by Merriam-Webster as “sound and prudent judgment based on a simple perception of the situation or facts”.  

As part of the Cisco’s Storage Networking line and neatly following in the MDS 9513’s path, the MDS 9710 provides  reliability, performance and scale, and represents the new standard in data center storage networking.

Built to run. The front to back cooling struck me first.  The SAN is finally near the storage.  When the blade removal handle is pulled, sensors trigger and migrate the running resource to an available module.  Non-disruptive operation makes every IT Director with a co-located data center happy.   Power modules and components use an N+N grid configuration.  Supervisors are active/active at 1+1. Even major sub components like fan controllers, regulators and assemblies are N+1.  Redundancy is built in everywhere.    

Built to perform.  Trading floors and service providers are drooling at the 24Tb/s in total throughput.  The MDS 9710 nearly triples the 9513, with 384 ports at 2/4/8-Gbps, 4/8/16-Gbps or 10-Gbps full line-rate, all in a single chassis.  No data likes to wait. 

The Future of SAN with Cisco MDS 9710

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Jason Gates, Data Center Team Lead, Presidio South

We are all anticipating the impact of big data on the datacenter of the future. Recently at EMC world 2013, I had an opportunity to take a peek at Cisco’s new innovations, the MDS 9710. Cisco has always been an innovator in the storage area network market, and it appears this trend is not going to change.

The MDS 9710 provides 4x the performance of any storage director in the market with 16Gb fibre channel ports and supports both FC/FCoE in the same chassis.  Customers will have options as their environment grows without having to redesign the SAN architecture. The 48 port line card on the 9710 offers a full line-rate and supports speeds of 4,8,10, and 16Gb. So if your HBA’s are not ready for 16Gb, they will still be able to auto-negotiate with full line speeds. The 9710 is very similar to the Nexus 7k in terms of N+1 power supplies and fabric modules, which provides the ability to scale bandwidth and power. Each supervisor is dual-redundant for NDU software and hardware upgrades.

Here are 3 feature highlights of the Cisco MDS 9710: 

Our Connected World

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Steven Reese

Have you ever stopped to think about how many times per workday someone attempts to reach you? On an average workday, someone tries to reach me every 1.78 seconds (approximately). I “beep” or vibrate are the result of email, phone / video calls, text messages, instant messages, and several others.

When asked where my office is, I will usually respond with either “American Airlines seat 21D” or “Your local Starbucks… I have 10,787 offices in the U. S., and you can find me in one of them.” By peeling away my sarcasm, you realize that I travel a bit for business. So imagine how difficult it would be if we weren’t connected almost everywhere we go.

Not So Long Ago…

I remember a time in the not so distant past when I would beep or vibrate. It was my pager, and all I would get is a phone number. I had to, based on that one data point, have to determine if and how important the call was, and based on my decision, find a phone, (hopefully) have change, and call the person back. Connectivity in the past was a privilege, and if you could afford it, it still didn’t mean you’d have it. Coverage for services like paging and cellular phones was spotty at best. Cellular service was $35 a month for activation, and $6 per minute for usage. There weren’t really any text messages, and you can forget about Internet (or even email) access. We carried map books to find our way, and radio stations would fade in and out when we moved from town to town.

Is Your View of the Cloud Still a bit Foggy?

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Steven Reese

Defining “Cloud”

All too many times I am on a conference call, sitting in a meeting with a partner, employee and/or client, attending a symposium or conference, and the term “cloud” comes up. Anymore, the term “cloud” comes up so often in the technology industry that I’m starting to think it isn’t a term, rather a punctuation mark. What I find interesting is the number of definitions that “cloud” seems to take on in those conversations. What is even more interesting is that many times, it is the same individual using “cloud” in so many different contexts. From what I can gather over the past few years, here are just a few definitions of “cloud” as it should be in the technology dictionary:

cloud: (kloud)

n: 1) a location to place information to be consumed by individuals or groups of individuals; 2)  a consumption model for information and other resources; 3) a financial model

adj: used to describe a type of computing model

v: to prepare information or other resources to be accessed in a different environment than it is currently (ex: You need to cloud ready your applications.)

adv: describes how computing takes place (cloud compute)