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Look Inside the Cisco Live 2011 NOC to See Amazing Network Management Results

While I was at Cisco Live 2011, I took a few minutes to interview Jason Davis a Cisco Distinguished Services Engineer who was on the team managing the Cisco Live Network Operations Center (NOC).

Jason and his team were engaged in all aspects of the Cisco Live NOC design, configuration, monitoring, and troubleshooting.  I asked Jason to provide some highlights about the amazing results from the NOC and talk about the Cisco Prime network management solutions used in the NOC.

Jason and his teammate Joe Clarke a Cisco Distinguished Services Engineer, also presented a NOC summary session on the last day of Cisco Live. The session presentation is posted on the Cisco Live virtual portal

Watch this short video to hear Jason’s summary about the Cisco Live NOC. Then continue reading for a list of NOC statistics and more information about Cisco Prime network management solutions in the NOC.


Cisco Live NOC amazing statistics and highlights:

  • 16,000 attendees provided with wired and wireless network access
  • NOC assembled in 3 days with a crew of 20
  • 13.2 terabytes of data moved across the Cisco Live network in 4 days
  • 10 Gigabit network backbone
  • 165 Cisco Catalyst Switches enabled with PoE and Cisco Medianet
  • Fully Internet routed IPv4 and IPv6 address spaces
  • Over 28,000 unique IPv4 and IPv6 DHCP leases distributed
  • 190 Cisco Aironet 3500 Series CleanAir access points deployed with an average of 290 clients per access point
  • Top website accessed by attendees with over 248,000 hits – Facebook
  • 60% of the traffic was web-based
  • Video surveillance provided by 50 Cisco IP cameras and 70 Cisco digital media players
  • 120 Cisco IP phones deployed

Cisco Prime innovative network management played a major role in all Cisco Live NOC activities. Cisco Prime highlights:

Advice from Jason about staging the NOC in Las Vegas, during the summer rain and 100+ temperatures.

  • “Don’t stage in a rain-storm. If you do, leave the equipment outside in Las Vegas because it will dry in 2 minutes….but do not leave equipment outside in Las Vegas more than 10 minutes or it will start to melt.”

Do you have a question for Jason or Joe about the Cisco Live NOC and network management?  If so, please submit it below and I’ll query them for an answer.

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