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San Jose: That’s a Wrap

Well that was a great day!  When I was invited to represent my organization at the Cisco Datacenter Launch to talk about our UCS experience I was humbled, excited and nervous.  However, it is not often in someone’s career to have the opportunity to be included on a panel with such innovative leaders in the technology industry as David Lawler, Soni Jiandani, Boyd Davis and Ben Gibson.  Everyone was down to earth, personable and very comfortable to work with on the panel.  The goal was to make the event a relaxed discussion and the point of view of the customer was truly important to the panel and Cisco.  I was also amazed at how many people pull the details together for an event of this nature.  Lynn, Janne and Marsha were great making sure I was prepared and helped make everything go off smoothly. 

This customer focus continued to be evident after the video was completed.  I was able to spend the rest of the day with many key individuals, who made time for me, from the UCS business unit.  We had some deep technical discussions on various topics like firmware upgrades, wish lists, directions, ease of use vs. levels of control, etc.  I was asked by everyone for input regarding ways to improve as well as talking about how we are using the system.

To end my day on the Cisco campus, David Lawyer invited me to his office to meet with him and Mario Mazzola, Senior Vice President of Server and Virtualization Business Unit (SAVBU).  Mario has been a key technology person in Silicon Valley, leading the creation of the 6500 switch product, the Cisco MDS fiber channel product and now the Cisco UCS platform (along with many other accomplishments).  I think it is fair to say he is a legend in the industry (however, my impression is he is very humble and quickly acknowledge’s others for their contributions to the projects).  We had a conversation focused on the customer views related to the product and how it is Cisco’s goal to continual improve the system.  Mario and David are very down to earth people and it was clear to me Cisco is very customer focus from the top of the organization down.

Mario Mazzola, myself and David Lawler

So that’s a wrap for this trip to Cisco in San Jose for now . . .


April 6, 2010 - Posted by | Cisco UCS, General |

1 Comment »

  1. Very cool!

    Comment by WH | April 23, 2010 | Reply

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