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 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.
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.
Yes, I went to Cisco Live and survived. It was the social event of the year, but the main focus is learning about the cool, new stuff. One of the booths I visited was a demonstration of Cisco Active Advisor.
I’m all set up to go to Cisco Live in Orlando this year. Good thing, too, since I couldn’t make it to San Diego last time. It’ll be a great and fun time as usual, and I’m quite excited.
The year is finally coming to an end, so it’s time yet again to look at goals and embarrass myself by publicly admitting that I didn’t meet them.
We’ve been looking for a new Network Engineer for quite a while but are having no luck at all. There is plenty of talent out there, but finding a high-end Juniper guy is almost impossible around here. We’ve loosened up our requirement for Juniper experience just to get someone in for interviews. This led us to one propsect and an interesting story.
The wife and I had a romantic day driving several hours to a small town to take Cisco exams. If this doesn’t get me some action, I don’t know what else to try.