CCIE R&S Written – Epic Fail (Again)

Yes, I failed. I think it’s pretty typical when you’re at Cisco Live, stay out drinking and smoking cigars until 1am, then sit the exam at 8am. Considering the situation I put myself in, I wasn’t very optimistic about the exam. I figured maybe a 40% chance I would pass since I didn’t really even study. Are you sensing a theme of ill-preparedness and self-sabotage? Yeah, me, too.

Cisco Live 2013 Insights – Catalyst 3850

Cisco Live is obviously the biggest networking event of the year, and Cisco likes to use all the attention to show off some of their new gear. I must say I was impressed with the Enterprise offerings including the 6807-XL, the 6880-X, the 4451-X, and the Sup 8-E for the 4500-E. Those boxes definitely gave me a bit of a tingle when I was checking them out, but my eyes opened up when I saw the 3850. The Catalyst 3850 is the next version of the 3k line of switches and the successor to the 3750-X.

Cisco Live 2013 Insights – Cisco Tactical Operations

While walking through the World of Solutions, we ran across a big black truck with lots of antennas all over it. It was obviously an emergency communications vehicle of some kind, but I was really surprised to see it was a Cisco truck. It turns out that Cisco has a Tactical Operations group that was formed to provide disaster responders with much-needed communications for FEMA, state EMA, fire, police, medical, etc.