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Cisco Live 2018 – Geek Camp Returns

It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly a month since Cisco Live 2018! The amazing week at Geek Camp was filled with fantastic sessions, Tech Field Day goodness, and lots of great conversations with incredibly talented people.  Engineering Deathmatch had a great lineup, and even launched a new quiz show that was super fun to watch. I am eagerly waiting the posting of those videos. (hint, hint @samplefive).

Seeing long time friends, meeting new folks, and networking with the engineers in the trenches makes Cisco Live an extraordinary experience every year.  I am constantly impressed by a community of people willing to share, mentor, and embrace one another – figuratively and sometimes quite literally, in an effort to educate, help, and support one another in this incredible field. You all know who you are, and you all are phenomenal.



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Cisco Live 2017, engineering awesomeness.

Spending a week with amazing engineers always ranks high on my list of reasons to attend Cisco Live every year.  The networking community and the behind the scenes work of the Cisco Live team make this event truly fantastic every year, and 2017 was a definitely a hit.

I especially enjoyed participating in Tech Field Day once again.  OpenGear presented Lighthouse 5 which focuses on automating setup and maintenance, leveraging new API goodness. OpenGear’s API aims to enhance scale of deployments, while streaming workflows.  I found it especially fun watching Slack be leveraged to enroll and communicate with the OpenGear device. Nerdy goodness I recommend checking out.

If you are looking for a monitoring solution, I highly recommend you check out this excellent PRTG demo by Benjamin Day of Paessler, who not only knows his stuff, but refuses to use even one Power Point slide for his Tech Field Day presentation.  The man is a genius. The PRTG notification enhancements, maps, and overall flexibility really stood out, definitely cool stuff. You won’t be sad you watched.

And in the final bit of Tech Field Day learning for me, NetApp’s presentation on their FlexPod SF solution took a room full of network engineers and captivated their attention on storage. I know it sounds hard to believe that network engineers could find a storage presentation fascinating, but Jeremiah Dooley managed to pull off this incredible feat, and I highly recommend checking out this session.  He covers all the important details of the FlexPod SF announcement, including the available architectures, in a way that makes network engineers forget that this is a solution focused on storing bits, and not just moving them.

The return of Engineering Deathmatch to Cisco Live featured several episodes with some of my fabulous (and lovingly voluntold for EDM) friends, who couldn’t be more amazing. I’m excited to check out the Engineering Deathmatch site as the episodes air over the coming weeks.

And lastly, my favorite annual tradition of Cisco Live wrap up blogging, the photo gallery of crazy, brilliant, hilarious engineers being remarkably phenomenal. I heart you all.

Published 07/04/2017


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2016 Cisco Live, US – Geeks for life.

Putting together a wrap up post on Cisco Live US always makes me smile, and 2016 is no exception.  As many of you know, this CLUS marked 5 years since Tom and a small group of engineers first bonded over networking nerdiness and an addiction to 140 characters.

We’ve followed and helped each other through upgrades, outages, career changes, certifications, and a plethora of engineering challenges. We’ve commiserated with the suck that sometimes is our jobs, we’ve championed the hard-fought successes of our peers, and as a bonus, we’ve managed to provide an ever flowing stream of hilarious commentary along the way.

I’m thrilled to be part of a networking community that just keeps growing larger, and I’m continually impressed with the engineering talent this group represents.  I’m also pleased to have been part of Tech Field Day at CLUS as well, which continues to do an amazing job bringing great content and engineers together.

Just check out this awesomeness. Could there be anything better? No, no there could not.


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Tom’s Corner – Cisco Live Twitter community 5 years later…

If you’re an annual attender of Cisco Live like I am, you might be noticing there’s some pretty cool stuff taking shape for 2016.

This year will be the 5th anniversary of Tom’s Corner – the first ad hoc gathering location for us geeky, twittering engineers*.

Hard to believe, but in 2011 we were just a smallish group of network nerds, some with quite a bit more hair in those days, and of course, the one random photo-bomber guy on the left. Still nobody knows who that guy was…

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The amazing amount of talent represented and the camaraderie of the network engineering community is what makes Cisco Live the place to be.

This year I’m also looking forward to witnessing some epic Engineering Deathmatch action. If you aren’t familiar with Engineering Deathmatch you gotta watch this video.  You won’t be disappointed.

And if that weren’t enough Cisco Live goodness, I gotta admit I’m pretty excited about hearing Keyser Söze, err Kevin Spacey, speak.

Other useful details for attendees:

  • The scheduler will be available on  April 26th for NetVets, May 3rd for the rest of us.
  • The band this year is Maroon 5, and the CAE is going to be at the shiny new T Mobile Arena
  • Newbies to Cisco Live can get a super cool mentor to help them figure the conference thing out, just sign up here
  • Tech Field Day will be at Cisco Live this year as well, look for fabulous content from them. If you’re interested in being a delegate for this or any event, apply here
  • Awesome blogs to watch for new Cisco Live content and to read past posts for excellent conference advice: @fryguy_pa, @scottm32768, @mrtugs@net_introvert, @networkingnerd, @someclown, @aconaway, @danieldibswe, @gingmarCisco Live Attendee Blogs
  • The annual twitter list is out, sign up here!

*Tom’s corner even had it’s own check in on Four Square. In case there was any doubt we were and still are total nerds…

Published 04/11/2016

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Cisco Live 2015 – Community rocks.

FullSizeRender (22) The San Diego sun has set on another Cisco Live, closing out an amazing week of learning and community. As usual, Cisco Live 2015 was one jam-packed, over-before-you-know-it, week full of opportunities to learn and network with incredible peers.

Once again, I got to be part of Tech Field Day, attending presentations by both OpenGear and Netbrain.  I highly recommend checking out the videos for both, you won’t be disappointed. Netbrain even announced a DevOp version of their product, which allows you 10 free nodes. Super cool stuff, the demo will knock your geeky socks off.

And, of course, I got the hang with so many fabulous engineers, some I have come to know well over the years, and others were new shiny faces. Now I shall subject you to my camera roll, because awesome. Enjoy.

A Canadian and a Texan walk into a bar... @ghostinthenet @that1guy_15

A Canadian and a Texan walk into a bar… @ghostinthenet @that1guy_15

Oh, the priceless expressions of Canadian @Rob_Coote. It doesn't get any better. @sharpnetwork

Oh, the priceless expressions of Canadian @Rob_Coote. It doesn’t get any better. @sharpnetwork

The extremely intelligent, very kind @jamieljones, a total honor meeting her. She is an inspiration to anyone working to get their digits.

Wireless guys loving on wireless. @jsnyder81

Wireless guys loving on wireless. I find it’s better not to ask… @jsnyder81

Awwww, these guys... @tonhe @ciscovoicedude

Awwww, these guys… @tonhe @ciscovoicedude

The fabulous @pilotmike, oddly without his Blackberry. @denisefishburne

The fabulous @pilotmike, oddly without his Blackberry. @denisefishburne

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Anti-social social dining. @avalonhawk @scottm32768 @radzima

Because network engineers ARE superheros. @scottm32768

Because network engineers ARE superheros. @scottm32768

Behold @vcabbage, the self proclaimed pretty, pretty princess.

Behold @vcabbage, the self-proclaimed pretty, pretty princess.

Some look better in skirts than others, just saying... @kathleenmudge @wifijanitor @subnetwork @ucgod @fryguy_pa @lauren @denisefishburne

Some look better in skirts than others, just saying… @kathleenmudge @wifijanitor @subnetwork @ucgod @fryguy_pa @lauren @denisefishburne

Yeah, what can I say about this? ;) @grinthock @Rob_Coote

Yeah, what can I even say about this? @grinthock @Rob_Coote

The incredibly smart, incredibly witty @drjmetz.

The incredibly smart, incredibly witty @drjmetz.

The expressions are priceless. @kathleenmudge @lauren @ucgod @wifijanitor

The expressions here are priceless. @kathleenmudge @lauren @ucgod @wifijanitor

Usually it's his backside people are posting... @networkingnerd

Usually it’s his backside people are posting… @networkingnerd

These two crack me up. @scottmorrisCCIE @denisefishburne

These two crack me up. @scottmorrisCCIE @denisefishburne

I love that @samplefive is just having a normal conversation in the background. @wifijanitor @fryguy_pa

I love that @samplefive is just having a normal conversation in the background. @wifijanitor @fryguy_pa

Social media gurus @kathleenmudge @lauren

Sweet and amazing social media gurus. Thanks for all you do. @kathleenmudge @lauren

These two are fabulous. But don't tell them I said so... @fryguy_pa @subnetwork

These two are fabulous. But don’t tell them I said so… @fryguy_pa @subnetwork

Kilts.  There were kilts. (Why??!!) @subnetwork

Kilts. There were kilts. (Why??!!) @subnetwork

It's importance to have balance in your networking career.  @denisefishburne @nmarus

It’s important to have balance in your networking career. @denisefishburne @nmarus

FINALLY this guy decided to join us for a Cisco Live. About time... @JTIE_6EE7

FINALLY this guy decided to join us for a Cisco Live. About time… @JTIE_6EE7

Because UC engineers rule.  @mlundbom1 @ucgood

Because UC engineers rule. @mlundbom1 @ucgood

The awesome ginger princess @jay25f with the fantastic @denisefishburne.

The awesome ginger princess @jay25f with the fantastic @denisefishburne.

Awwww...thanks @drjmetz for this pic. @networkingnerd

Awwww…thanks @drjmetz for this pic. @networkingnerd

The @ucpappy trying to collaborate on some new fangled device. @ucgod

The @ucpappy trying to collaborate on some new fangled device. @ucgod

The caffeinated side of the social media hub.  @fryguy_pa @bbaize @wifijanitor

The caffeinated side of the social media hub. @fryguy_pa @bbaize @wifijanitor

The non-caffeinated side of the social media hub. @bcjordo @hankito @tonhe

The non-caffeinated side of the social media hub. @bcjordo @hankito @tonhe

Completely impressed with the technology aid @CiscoTACOPS brings to disaster situations. @aconaway @bcjordo @densaer

Completely impressed with the technology aid @CiscoTACOPS brings to disaster situations. @aconaway @bcjordo @densaer

Networking - it's about community.

Networking – it’s about community. And this community is incredible.

How we all felt by the week's end. @lauren

This sums up perfectly how we all felt by the week’s end. @lauren

Published 6/19/2015


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The Sparkly Side of Cisco Live 2014

In case you were living under a rock in the networking world, Cisco Live 2014 happened last week and in a big way.  Thousands of geeks took over San Francisco and it’s safe to say a good time was had by all!

A few things made my week in particular quite excellent, one of those being the Cisco Champion(s) Program. The Champion events were excellent opportunities to get to know fellow engineers and have a good time laughing it up with friends.  A special thanks to my fellow ginger and partner in plotting world domination, Amy Lewis (@commsninja), who definitely leveled up her already extraordinary unicorn wrangling skills. Her own talk was also fantastic and you should check it out here.

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Tech Field Day also organized some great events, including round table discussions for us blogger/social media types.  These pictures don’t do justice to the staggering amount of brain power gathered around the table, but you can check out the videos here.


I’d be remiss not to give an extra special thanks to these two guys, Tom (@networkingnerd) and Stephen (@sfoskett) for all the work they do to build community in networking.



This Cisco Live was also the week of fabulous tweeps bringing me all sorts of fun and shiny presents.  From a Batgirl t-shirt from Jeff (@fryguy_pa) to actual sparkly bats from Tom (@networkingnerd) and Denise (@denisefishburne), I love that this group laughs and jokes together.  A sparkly PVDM from Erik (@ucgod) and a tiara (also from @denisefishburne) rounded off the gifts. The opportunity to dub Pete Lumbis (@tacCCDE) as the king of TAC, complete with a tiara and a sword, certainly made my week.



Last but not least, the awesome events organized by @ciscolive @kathleenmudge @rbakker and the rest of the Cisco Social Media team, allowed for some quality time with awesome engineers.  These are just a few pics below. From the looks of it, by the end of the week dignity had clearly taken a vacation, not that there was much of it to start with in this crowd.





Good times with truly good friends. Can’t wait till next year!

Special shout out to Kale Blankenship (@vcabbage) for creating a CLUS set of Cards Against Humanity. This one is my favorite:


And congratulations to @bcjordo who got his CCIE digits on Monday, way to go!



Posted by on 2014/05/27 in Cisco Live, Cisco Live 2014


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Cisco Live 2013 Rocked!

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You know that person in the office that goes on vacation and then insists on showing you all the pictures and telling you all the stories?  Well, buckle up, I am *that* person for this Cisco Live wrap up episode!

My week kicked off with the Empowered Women session on Sunday afternoon and I have to say this was one of my favorite events.  Historically, the number of women at tech conferences is notably low, but this stroke of genius event filled the room with female engineers and reinforced the notion that the number of women in IT is growing, even if at a slower-than-I-would-like pace. Padmasree Warrior, CTO and Strategy Officer, as well as others gave excellent speeches, and I felt practically giddy at being able to sit across the table from other women and talk technical.

Meeting up with my fellow tweeters and bloggers at Cisco Live always makes the week, and this year was no exception.  The Cisco Social Media team, led by Kathleen Mudge did a phenomenal job keeping all us social media addicts happy with comfy sofas, snacks, and timely answers to any questions we came up with along the way.

The sessions and events were also quite excellent and rather than bore you with a long narration, I think it’s a good time to share some photos.

An entire week of technical discussions with fellow nerds, yes please.

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And how about these awesome faces?

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We twitterers even had a shirt this year, obviously I was not a fan of the color.

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There were some pretty amazing speakers, many of them authors as well, here’s one of my personal favorites.

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And intense technical discussions were definitely the order of the day, every day.

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The Customer Appreciation Event at Universal Studios got two thumbs up from this voice guy (and everyone else!)

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By the end of the week, the exhaustion starts to show. But we love it…

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Finally, since this was Ed’s first Cisco Live event, he got to ride in style.

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Wanna read more about Cisco Live 2013?  I recommend these posts as well:

Ethan Banks

Tom Hollingsworth

Greg Ferro

A very special thanks to all of you on twitter who make working in networking just that much more awesome!

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Bonus that will make your day: Members of the Packet Pushers singing Living on a Prayer, you know you want to click this link

Published 7/01/2013

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