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Since its inception five and a half years ago, VCE has done only one thing and done it better than any other company – simplify the deployment of converged infrastructure. The company’s flagship product, Vblock, brings together VMware, Cisco, and EMC infrastructure in a preconfigured, validated design, allowing customers to stand up a private cloud in under a week. Deploying a private cloud at that speed is impossible if all of the infrastructure has to be tied together manually.

Vblock and recently released VxBlock products are really targeted at large enterprises and tier 1 service providers for supporting mission-critical workloads. What’s missing from the VCE portfolio is a platform to support applications like next-generation databases, cloud-native, and tier-2 applications that require rapid deployment and significant scale-out capabilities.

This week at EMC World in Las Vegas, VCE announced the release of a new product, VxRack, aimed at meeting the needs of that market. VxRacks are rackscale, hyper-converged systems that enable service providers and enterprises to manage the initial deployment and subsequent scale out of cloud-native, mobile, and other applications.

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Cisco CEO John Chambers just announced that he will
be stepping down soon and bringing in Chuck Robbins
as his successor. In doing so, he’s truly going out on top.

Cisco CEO John Chambers walks the floor while delivering his keynote speech at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas earlier this year. Credit: Reuters

It’s always nice when highly public figures can go out on a high note and, as they say, “leave them wanting more.” I remember John Elway announcing his retirement after winning his second consecutive Super Bowl. Sure, he could have played more, and there isn’t a sports fan who didn’t want to see that, but now our memory of Elway is that of a winner and he’ll always remain larger than life in the history of the NFL.

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Deploying a wireless network to meet the demand
of airport passengers is extremely challenging.
Here is how the Orlando airport accomplished it.

Credit: Thinkstock

If you’re reading this post, you’re most likely involved in the technology industry in some way. As such, you probably attend at least one, if not multiple, events in Orlando every year. It’s only May and I think I’ve been there four times already this year.

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Market transitions will define Chambers’ tenure at Cisco.

In 2012, Cisco’s charismatic CEO John Chambers, announced that he would be retiring sometime in the next two to four years. This started the “Chambers watch,” and many of the other Cisco followers — including Wall St, industry analysts and press — started to speculate when he might step down.

John ChambersWell, this morning all questions were answered as we found out some details of the retirement of John Chambers. In case you missed it, those details are:

When: July 26th, 2015. John Chambers will retire as CEO of Cisco at the end of its 2015 fiscal year.

Who: Chuck Robbins, currently Senior Vice President of Worldwide Operations, will become the new CEO.

What next: John Chambers will become Executive Chairman of Cisco and remain Chairman of Cisco’s Board of Directors.

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