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Welcome to the shownotes for our CiscoLive show code named – How to become a ‘Network Whisperer’.   This must be one of our most hands on, value-packed shows in quite awhile.  It was fun to make as I hope you will see throughout the show and the engineering talent was off the charts.   If you have not actually seen the show yet… please check out the trailer and then click on over to register and watch!
One of the problems with network management software is that it is not flexible enough and certainly not as portable as engineers need it to be. But truthfully, that is also the problem with IOS features as well. While, IOS gives us a ton of features, engineers always find the one feature, that one bump that a network device needs to solve a problem. In the past, this has been accomplished with external scripting but that has its limits. How about using the actual network devices themselves as your platform.  As you will soon see, this native access opens a world of opportunity and flexibility that you would never attempt otherwise. 
In this show we are looking at the emergence of the embedded network experience and how to make your network not only borderless, but limitless as well.
I have a question however and I need your input.

This show represented a very hands on capability with many many examples of how you, as a user of our products, can tweak and modify these device to fit your particular need. It was a surprise to me that Cisco stands alone in doing this.  In other words, its a lot of work to expose this type of access to customers and this whole show represents incredible benefits for users of these products.  The more open you make something, the more potential for issues it would seem so why did Cisco do this? 

I circled back around on this subject with Jimmy Ray as one of our final discussion points in the show (past the one hour mark….about 1:05).  I will be the first to admit I may not have worded the question very clearly, but some have interpreted the discussion that followed as being a negative to Cisco.  Watch this part closely as the show ends, what do you think?  Was this a poor way to end the show?  Did the uniqueness of what Cisco did here get lost? 



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Data Center Fabric of Tomorrow

This was a really fun show to do.  We certainly hope that comes across in the video…but for the first time ever, we wanted to capture TWO entire shows while at the conference.  This Data Center launch is just the first one. First and foremost…depending on how you arrived at our little web real-estate here…have you seen the show?  Register now and watch this episode right now so these notes will make more sense!

Cisco FabricPath was the big topic on this one…but there was so much more to talk about as Big Data Center Announcements were featured throughout the week – as usual, we wanted to bring you the details!

Check out the Preview clip here to whet your appetite..but read on below for more of the detailed notes.

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Understanding Control Plane Policing

In the Lab is out for this week with ITL Episode 280 on our podcast channel (opens iTunes).

Defend network devices with Control Plane Policing

What is it that we are really policing?

Understanding the PUNT Path can help you on this.

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Business Video: the New Change Agent

Viva la Video Revolution?  Has business been left behind?

 It is amazingly simple to shoot video and put it on a website these days.  This has lead to an explosion of both bad content and an underestimation of how hard ‘good’ video can be when trying to use these awesome tools within a business environment.   This is not just about good storytelling and all the little details that can derail you…but also the hard technology facts about differing formats, screen sizes, distribution realities, security and control required to be successful and safe. 

Business Video: Mastering the New Change Agent” premiers live on July 15 at 10 AM PST, 1 PM EST Don’t miss it!   



 There are several ‘Keys to the Show’ to watch out for: 

  • Workflow
  • Business Ready
  • True Genius
  • Trust Me
  • Are you Ready? 

 More details abound in the segment-by-segment shownotes below.

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Tellling Better Stories with Video

Video CameraFor those of us wanting to use video as a presentation and communication tool…what are some simple things we can do better?

I have access to some great tools and people to help tell the stories I take part in…so I have to be careful how I answer these questions.  But here is my list – I really would like you to share yours in the comments below.  (we are featuring a full epiosde on new company-wide tools and abilities Cisco now offers to customers…watch ‘Business Video: Master the new Change Agent’ this Thursday).

Planning. Pre-planning specifically.

 ‘Plan the shoot…then shoot the plan’ they always say – even for the simplest of videos, too many people jump straight to simply pointing and shooting  – what happens?  A less than ideal video is produced that generally runs way too long and never makes a clean point to your audience.  I often feel I never spend enough time on this one…but deadlines come up and we need them or we would never get anything done…

Cisco is fortunate to have the ‘World’s Most Interesting Intern’ on staff…and although his now infamous video is primarily one long shot…you know he had to plan (write) that rap…he’s quite good…

One part of that pre-planning processes here for Tip Number Two – pick a good location to shoot.  


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