Archive for March 2016

With a bevy of announcements, Cisco takes an architectural approach to enabling digital transformation for businesses.

This week Cisco is holding it’s annual reseller event, Partner Summit, in San Diego. Similar to Cisco Live Europe, held earlier in February, the high level theme of the event is digital transformation. At the European event, Cisco announced a number of turnkey solutions to help organizations take advantage of digital trends, including Workspace Productivity and Digital Ceiling.

At Partner Summit 2016, Cisco is announcing the Cisco Digital Network Architecture (DNA), a framework to help customers leverage the network to empower business leaders to accelerate the shift to a digital organization. Cisco’s DNA (the architecture, not genetic makeup), is an open and software-based network-wide framework that spans the core, WAN, access edge, branch office and security. The new architecture was designed with the following customer considerations:

The event kicks off today and has already seen Cisco make a couple of significant announcements in the data center.

Cisco’s reseller event, Partner Summit, kicked off this week in San Diego. The event is normally a big one for Cisco as thousands of its resellers gather to be updated on the latest, greatest plans for Cisco. All eyes are on Chuck Robbins as this is the first Partner Summit held under his watch as the company’s CEO. The event kicks off today and has already seen Cisco make a couple of significant announcements in the data center.

This morning Cisco announced its intention to acquired Silicon Valley based, CliQr Technologies for $260 million. The 105-person company provides application centric cloud orchestration that enables customers to model, deploy and manage across bare metal, virtual and container environments regardless of whether the infrastructure is on premise or in a private or public cloud. The technology will be used to help Cisco customers move to a seamless hybrid cloud model where the information can be moved between clouds, and resources can be provisioned across clouds. CliQr’s technology is already tightly integrated into a number of Cisco data center products including ACI (Application Centric Infrastructure) and Unified Computing System (UCS).

Brocade announces the first Gen6 Fibre Channel switch

In 1897 the great American author, Mark Twain was rumored to have stated, “the reports of my death are greatly exaggerated”. In the tech industry, Fibre Channel could make the same statement. It seems that for years, the death of Fibre Channel has been speculated, as Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) or even IP networks would be the death knell for the more traditional storage protocol.

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