Cisco Live 2013 Recap

This was my first Cisco Live, and I was excited to meet many of the Data Center Experts whose blogs and tweets that I follow on a regular basis.

I had a great time on the show floor talking to customers about VCE Vblocks and presenting VCE Vision Intelligent Operations in the VCE and VMware Theaters.  In-between booth duty assignments, I got a chance to speak with the vBrownBag Crew about Cisco Data Center Certifications.  I also checked out the Hands-On Labs, and the exhibits for Enhanced (i.e. Unicast) VXLAN on Cisco Nexus 1000V, Cisco UCS Director (TAFKAP Cloupia), and the Nexus 7700.

The rest of my time was spent attending great sessions from Cisco’s Technical Marketing Engineers around the Nexus technologies (i.e. architecture, troubleshooting, QoS, etc.):

BRKDCT-3346  —  QoS Implementation and Operation in a Nexus 7000 environment
BRKRST-2509  —  Mastering Data Center QoS
BRKDCT-2333  —  Data Center Network Failure Detection
BRKARC-3470  —  Cisco Nexus 7000 Switch Architecture <- Tim had a high energy level even for the last session of the last day of the show!

I was very pleased that the Breakout Sessions all had deep technical content with no filler\fluff.  The list above is just a small selection of the sessions that I wanted to attend, but I didn’t have time for more than these.  So, the Cisco Live 365 site will be my best friend between now and when I attempt my second CCIE Data Center Lab Exam.  If you don’t have an account for the web site, it’s free to sign-up.

It wasn’t all work, though, as I had the opportunity to socialize with my fellow vGeeks at the INE Party, Waffle Club (Shoutouts to @CommsNinja!), and the Customer Appreciation Event at Universal Studios!

I look forward to next year’s Cisco Live in San Francisco since it will be a bit shorter commute for me, and I hope to qualify for an invitation to the CCIE Party in 2014.  See you there…

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