Cisco Live 2019 came and went in a whirlwind of fantastic meetups, excellent sessions, and genuinely nerdy networking conversations.
Cisco Live session content was top notch. Jasper Bongertz’sWireshark talk blew the audience away with useful packet capture and troubleshooting tips, and Denise Fishburne’sNetwork Detective presentation captivated the audience with methodical troubleshooting processes and issue isolation techniques. Both sessions are a must watch for network engineers. Seriously, you will thank me (send coffee) and more importantly you should definitely thank them for giving so much to the community!
Tech Field Day captured a ton of great content this year as well. I especially recommend this NetBeez presentation highlighting the exciting ways their monitoring solution is fighting the good fight by helping to prove it’s not the network. Their new integration with Cat9K switches is also covered and definitely worth checking out.
This year also featured the distribution of Amy’s Army of Angry Routers. Angry routers were given, angry routers were received, and a new site header came to be.
Cisco Live 2019 was also especially memorable in the recognition that this very blog received! As Cisco 2018 IT Blog Award winner for Most Entertaining, yours truly had her big screen moment! I couldn’t be more thankful for each of you who took the time to vote! Thanks for reading along, laughing along, and sharing along with my adventures, snark, and bits of wisdom. You all rock, and obviously have the best taste.
And finally, my favorite part of every Cisco Live wrap up, the photo gallery! So many long time friends, so many new friends. The networking community is genuinely the best and you all make it that way.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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
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.
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.
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!