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 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 just got through a big weekend. We upgraded our main production firewall, but the process had a few twists.
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.
I spent the last of my Juniper exam vouchers on the JNCIS-SEC exam and passed by the skin of my teeth today.
Here’s another story from the late night. I’ve changed the details to protect the innocent, but you’ll get the idea.
Man, time is hard to come by of late. I’ve had so little time to rest that’s it’s hard to get my thoughts together. It’s a good thing in this case, though, since it’s my fantastic job that’s taking all my time. It’s great to…
This week we have a guest post from CJ Infantino. He is currently writes on convergingontheedge.com. You can find him hanging out on Google Plus as CJ Infantino or follow him @cjinfantino on twitter. ————————————- The other day I was adding VLANs to the the…