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Recap – Cisco Live US 2014

I don’t think I’m going to give a direct review of Cisco Live US this year. The conference was great with lots of stuff going on, but I really can’t contribute any more than the vast library of other posts on the subject. What I will do, though, is give my take on where I think the conference is headed. These are all my thoughts and have little to do with reality in some cases.

Taking the Old Approach to Cisco Live 2014

I was just reading through Bob’s blog post from today and wanted to give a rebuttal of sorts. In summary, Bob tells us that’s he’s going to be at Cisco Live US in San Francisco this year but he won’t be attending any sessions. He’s going with the Social Event pass this year, which is actually a great, great way to attend the conference. I know several people who are thinking about scaling back to the Social Event pass as well, and there’s nothing wrong with doing it like that. It does, however, have some shortcomings that I feel are important.

Why Cisco Live Each Year?

We all know what Cisco Live is, right? Networkers? The Cisco users’ conference? If not, then educate yourself, friend. It takes place every year in different parts of the world. I try my best to go every year to the US event and am lucky to be able to go this year. It costs a bagillion dollars and a week of my time; why am I so excited about going? Easy answers in no particular order.

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.