I am well aware that Cisco and friends have invested heavily in VCE and the Vblock platform. They’re trading on their brand names, on the fact that they have earned deep loyalties in the infrastructure world. But cloud is not about name brand infrastructure. Don’t listen to your staffers when they tell you that the expertise they need is centered on brand name hardware and hypervisor solutions. It may be one day, but it’s not now. Want the secret sauce recipe? Find folks who know the software side, and who know how to use commodity gear. Get your training and consulting from them, not from the name-brand hardware people who have a vested interest in recapturing your enterprise’s infrastructure business.