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Cisco announced that Terremark has launched its Infinistructure utility-computing platform in Europe with Cisco virtualization technology deployed on a Cisco Internet Protocol Next-Generation Network architecture. Terremark has just completed the deployment of the new platform in its facilities in Madrid and Amsterdam, which follows the recent launch of the Infinistructure platform based on Cisco solutions in the United States. "The successful collaboration between Terremark and Cisco has extended to Europe, and the expansion of our Infinistructure platform will help to meet the growing needs of our customers on both sides of the Atlantic," said Joost Metten, Terremark's European chief executive officer. "Through working with Cisco, Terremark can deliver fully managed IT infrastructure services that our customers can rely on." Terremark's Infinistructure platform is... (more)

Cisco Buys Jabber

Right after buying Linux e-mail server house Postpath for $215 million, Cisco said it was buying the 50-man Denver-based Jabber Inc, a commercializer of the eponymous open source IM project, for its collaboration portfolio. Terms were not disclosed. Neither was the fact that Jabber’s an open source play so it’s unclear how Cisco will handle Jabber’s open source business model. Intel, France Telecom and Webb Interactive Service put $7.2 million in the thing back in 2003 and Jabber is believed to have had revenues of $2.9 million last year. Webb started it in 2000 and said that given the acquisition it expects to be able to make a cash distribution of approximately 32 cents a share to its shareholders. Cisco says the acquisition will let it embed presence and messaging “in the network” and give users rich aggregation capabilities through both on-premise and on-demand so... (more)

Discussing Cisco’s Unified Computing System with Wendy Mars

Global networking giant Cisco unveiled Unified Service Delivery (USD) last week, following up on the company’s enthusuastically welcomed Unified Computing System (UCS) hardware announcement back in March. Taken together, these announcements shed light on the company’s strategy to strengthen its hold over the data centre, and to offer solutions tailored toward the evolving needs of organisations keen to capitalise upon Cloud Computing’s promise; both inside the private data centre and in interactions with remote resources elsewhere on the network. I spoke with Wendy Mars, Cisco’s Director for Data Centres and UCS here in Europe, and the result has just been released as a podcast. We talk about UCS and USD, and explore some of the use cases emerging as beta customers and Cisco itself put these technologies through their paces ahead of a broader roll-out in the coming m... (more)

Cisco Pushes into Volume Server Market

Cisco Wednesday came up with entry-level rack-mounted versions of its high-end Unified Computing System (UCS) that it means to push into the channel where it will piggyback on resellers that already sell other people’s machines. That mean it’ll be stepping on even more toes than it already has by entering the server market to begin with. Resisting the volume label, Cisco positions the new UCS C-Series boxes as investment-protecting stepping stones to its bigger UCS B-Series that unite compute, storage and networking in the name of unleashing virtualization. It claims compute can’t be bought in isolation anymore. Cisco claims architectural superiority for its UCS widgetry and promises greater power and agility and lower TCO than the current crop of systems vendors can deliver. Buy the vision buy the box. Cisco research says UCS addresses a $20 billion slice of an ove... (more)

Voltaire Aims Its First Ethernet Switch at Cisco’s Nexus

A month ago Voltaire joined the anti-Cisco front and sketched out its vision of a Scale-Out Ethernet architecture supporting what it likes to think of as "virtual mainframes" built out of industry-standard gear and making extensive use of virtualization. Monday it started describing its first Ethernet device, the new high-density, Layer 2 core, 10 GigE switch that's key in building these data centers and clouds. Voltaire says the Vantage 8500 is the largest (15U) non-blocking 10 gigabit Ethernet switch around and is months - if not more - ahead of any non-blocking switches from Cisco, Juniper or 3Com. We're talking a 12-slot 11.5 Tbps chassis with a peak slot capacity of 960 Gbps here. Vantage is targeting Cisco's vaunted Nexus 7000 switches - which have so far missed the non-blocking boat - with 3x more capacity and 20x less latency, running at a third the power ... (more)

Citrix Teams with Andy Bechtolsheim

Well, look who Citrix has tied up with. Arista Networks where Sun co-founder Andy Bechtolsheim retreated after he left Sun for the second time. Bechtolsheim started Arista with his buddy, Stanford professor David Cheriton; the two of them were the first investors in Google. Anyway, Citrix and Arista, which does 10 gigabit Ethernet switches and has started to chase the cloud, say they are working on cloud networking solutions for large datacenter and cloud service provider environments. They're going to test and integrate the Citrix NetScaler VPX virtual appliance with Arista's 7000 series switch. They aim to deliver a cloud networking solution married to wire-rate, high-density 10G switching with proven L4-7 application delivery services. Arista's platform is based on a new software architecture with self-healing properties and live in-service software upgrade capabil... (more)

The SaaS Sound Barrier

There are many cloud computing point solutions throughout a variety of categories – calendaring, scheduling, contact management, and many others focused around 3 main customer segments. Individual / Family Communities Business / Corporate While much of the functionality being delivered online is focused around individuals communities in the form of collaborative and non-collaborative communications, social and business networking, and infrastructure tools (IaaS), my main interest is in the business / corporate segment.  More specifically, the small and medium business segment and the organizations being formed as a result of cloud computing environments which leverage software as a service (SaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS) technology. With that in mind we can look at limited number of business areas and see what category of online tools are available for today’... (more)

Welcome to the Cisco Service Provider Mobility Community

I am delighted to announce the formation of the Cisco SP Mobility Community. This community will bring together mobility experts to collaborate and discuss technical and business challenges in the mobility space. If you are not already a member, please check it out…here are some hot topics so far: WiMAX vs. LTE: Which technology will “win” and why? Business models being redefined The new iPhone: Good or Evil? Ask John Chambers Anything (well…almost!)   ... (more)

Cisco Unified Service Delivery Underscores Industry’s Focus on Data Centers

I came across this article published by CIOZone on July 20, 2009 - “IT Spending Forecasts Improve, Cisco Popular”; and obviously, am pleased by the positive results around Cisco’s Unified Computing System (UCS). An impressive number - “77 percent of respondents in the UBS survey said that they expected to buy or evaluate Cisco’s Unified Computing System…in the next 18 months”; and that they see this system as being more likely to succeed than the competition. This is great news, since the UCS forms the foundational building block for the Unified Service Delivery solution and it is a testament to our engineers for building such an innovative product. ... (more)

Mobility In Asia

This first blog post of me will not be an indepth one nor will be an overview but hopefully a few tidbits of what is happening in Asia and how that actually influences the rest of the world.  And I do have some insights after spending 12 years in the mobile industry in Asia in various forms. I was part of the team that sold the first gigabit router in Asia and the core backbone network to China Mobile, that worked with Motorola to build Linux-based mobile phones and operating systems to Sony Mylo and Sharp Zaurus, advicing China Mobile and Hong Kong Telecom (aka PCCW) on mobile strategies and way-toooo-often featured in conferences and media. Japan was the first with 3G and will be the first with a number of commercial 4G networks (WiMax, LTE and various options of that). Koreans led by Samsung and LGE pushing the limits of what can be done on cheaper and cheaper d... (more)

Five Reasons Why You Need Citrix Essentials for Hyper-V Now

Citrix Essentials for Microsoft Hyper-V adds advanced capabilities to Hyper-V to create, integrate, manage and automate virtual datacenters at half the cost of other solutions. Hyper-V delivers immediate benefits to organizations of any size or budget while Citrix Essentials provides the automation capabilities needed to transform datacenters into delivery centers. When you're ready, simply add Citrix Essentials for Hyper-V to your existing Hyper-V implementation to gain powerful new capabilities for your virtualization infrastructure, including lifecycle automation, dynamic provisioning for physical and virtual machines, native integration with storage platforms, and storage management. Click Here to Download This White Paper Now! ... (more)