Cisco recently announced an important continuation of its cloud and data center joint partnership with Microsoft to make it easier for cloud providers to go to market. Cisco and Microsoft have extended their 2014 agreement to give providers a new integrated platform designed to accelerate service delivery and streamline the journey to Intercloud.
From my blog post title, you rock ‘n’ roll fans might have guessed I’m psyched about hearing Aerosmith play during IBM InterConnect next week at MGM Grand’s Garden Arena. But that’s not the only cool thing going on at InterConnect. The organizers of IBM’s self-proclaimed premier cloud and mobile conference that’s taking the place of – or more like is the result of melding three popular IBM conferences, namely Impact, Innovate and Pulse – have pulled out all the stops to keep their IBMers engaged next week.
Next week is my first AWS re:Invent conference. We began delivering Amazon Web Services (AWS) curriculum about a year ago, so it will be nice to meet the experts who created it and the users who find it so essential to their jobs. Although I’ve been promoting our AWS classes via social media for 12 months, I am no expert.
Please forgive me if I’m a little extra excited about IBM Insight next week. Last year when I attended IBM Information on Demand (IOD) 2013, the predecessor to this year’s re-christened IBM Insight, IBM had just named us a Global Training Provider after the company decided to turn the reigns of its training over to outside companies. IBM IOD was the first IBM conference I attended after that announcement. I soon found IBMers are very social media savvy. I thought only Cisco Live! and VMworld attendees were that active. I had found my people!
Last year when Cisco Systems acquired Sourcefire Inc., the Maryland-based cybersecurity solutions firm, the company’s goal obviously was to strengthen its security offerings. This week Cisco announced its new threat-focused, next-generation firewall (NGFW). Cisco ASA with FirePOWER Services in combination with Sourcefire’s advanced malware protection for integrated threat defense helps Cisco showcase its dedication to cybersecurity.