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By far, the biggest news last week from Cisco’s channel event, Partner Summit, was the Intercloud announcement, where the company outlined its vision for a world of interconnected, federated clouds.

Part of the overall cloud strategy for Cisco involves building its own cloud services that could be bought by businesses directly and potentially compete with its channel. That caused some to wonder if Cisco will stick it to its resellers and take the business direct, effectively cutting its channel partners out of the loop. It seems like every year that I hear rumors that Cisco would become more aggressive with its channel partners, but this year it seemed the noise was louder than ever. In fact, I had a conversation with another analyst, whom I’ll leave unnamed, who was convinced that Cisco had been building a secret group inside the company that would enable Cisco to become its own, global systems integrator that would obviate the need for such a large partner organization. Think of it as Star Wars Attack of the Clones meets IBM Global Services.

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Credit: REUTERS/Robert Galbraith
Credit: REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

For a couple of years now, Cisco CEO John Chambers has been proclaiming that Cisco will be the world’s No. 1 IT vendor. This proclamation has been met with mixed reactions as the IT community has many large, incumbent vendors already. Over the years, though, Cisco has proven to be the master of market transitions by moving into markets with large incumbents and quickly grabbing a leadership position. Voice and servers are two examples where many thought Cisco had no shot, and now the company stands as the dominant provider in both.

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The Cloud! The Cloud! It’s hard to go anywhere and not hear about the cloud. I see cloud ads in airports, malls, and while driving down highways and listening to morning sports talk radio. And why not? The cloud solves all problems, right? Low cost, high availability – it’s great, right? Well, not if the cloud provider doesn’t have the right processes and in place to ensure the customers are protected. I’ll give you an example.

This week, my wife Christine went into her Comcast Xfinity email through the web client (she only uses the web client) and all of her email prior to July 10th of this year was gone. She’s had this account for over eight years and had thousands of messages between her inbox and sent mail folder. I called Comast’s customer support and explained the problem and, after getting a bunch of ridiculous questions, the “customer service” person explained to me that this happens from time to time. I asked the Comcast person why that happens, and she assured me that it happens to all hosted mail providers, citing Hotmail, MSN and, I believe, Gmail.

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This morning Cisco announced the intention to purchase privately held Cloupia for approximately $125 million in cash, adding to its long list of cloud-related acquisitions.

For those who don’t know Cloupia, the company sells management software to orchestrate and manage cloud (physical and virtual) infrastructure through a single pane of glass. Cloud is driving the need for converged infrastructure and the vendor industry has responded nicely with Cisco, EMC, Network Appliance, Dell, HP and others having participated in building converged infrastructure. However, managing converged infrastructure is significantly different than managing legacy infrastructure. The CAs and HPs of the world do a great job of managing static, physical infrastructure, but a gap exists with virtual and even a bigger gaps exists in managing physical and virtual in a single plane of glass. This is the gap that Cloupia is trying to fill with its products.

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This year’s VMWorld kicks off this week in San Francisco and I’m expecting the typical huge audience.  One of the reasons why VMWorld has become the premier show that is has is because virtualization itself is changing.  Virtualization used to be a tactical technology used to consolidate servers.  Have 10 servers?  Consolidate that down to one or two.  The architecture fundamentally stays the same, just fewer physical boxes. 

Virtualization today though is a much more strategic technology.  It powers the cloud, desktops are being virtualized, storage is being virtualized and data center operations are being automated.  However, being more aggressive with virtualization does bring some new risks to enterprise IT.  To understand what some of these are, ZK Research and Xangati, a cloud and management solutions provider, recently ran a survey looking at where companies were with cloud deployments, where they were going and what the challenges were for future deployments.

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