I’m here this week in familiar stomping grounds, the Moscone Center, in San Francisco. Today’s event started off strong with John Chambers keynote address. His speech was very engaging as he wandered through the audience, capturing the attention of nearly 10K attendees. What caught my eye especially was his focus on collaboration and Web2.0. The example he used was the recent launch of the Cisco Unified Computing Solution (UCS) which was launched via online tools such as blogs, telepresence, and flicker, check out this photo:

 

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This shows that the virtual launch reached 10x the audience at 1/10th the cost! I am really glad to hear that since this is what I do for a living.

 

John also spoke about some emerging technologies and I found out that Cisco has been working very closely with the Dallas Cowboys on increasing the customer experience. I was a little disappointed to hear John is a Niners fan, but had to expect that coming from a man and a company that was named after San Fran’cisco’, so I give him a break on that one.

 

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It was also very interesting to hear a bit about the history of the Cisco logo, looks like times have changed and so has the logo:

 

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After the keynote, I caught up with John and Kirk Skaugen, Executive Vice President with Intel’s Digital Enterprise Group at the Intel booth where Kirk had a surprise. Intel presented to Cisco and John a XEON 5500 processor series wafer (code named Nehalem).

 

 

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Here’s another shot with a the XEON 5500 wafer:

 

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I’ll being covering more of the event and participating in social media events during the event. Look for future updates here in the Server Room.

 

Wm. Hank Lea