True Story: The night I arrived in Orlando I was exhausted & hungry. I headed to a neighboring hotel to meet a colleague for dinner, entered the hotel from a side door, and realized I was lost. The <REDACTED> hotel and conference center had electronic maps on the walls, but they were poorly done (that’s my story) and it took about 20 minutes to find my way out of the maze. Realizing I had gone in a loop amid abandoned conference rooms was the low point. As much as I love that potential setup for a horror movie (She thought she’d visit a friend, but never suspected the grave danger that lurked in that funhouse of hallways in “The Beige Lands of Doom”. Don’t open Hall A!) I was grumpy by the time I found my friend. Thankfully, Connected Mobile Experiences could spare people this fate and help them remain pleasant to dine with. Unfortunatly, it wasn’t there in this scenario and adult beverages were requested by all. Read More »
I have been privileged to be part of a very dedicated team of networking subject matter experts for the past 5 years in prepping and running the Ciscolive! event network. Before 2008 the network was installed and monitored by a commercial events networking company. However, it became clear with the number of Technical Marketing Engineers, Services Engineers and product developers on-site for Ciscolive! that we were well equipped to take on the responsibility in addition to our speaking responsibilities.
The preparation for Ciscolive! starts many months before the event with weekly, collaborative Webex sessions to discuss design criteria, venue particulars and product/feature configurations. Generally the teams align into core Route/Switch, Data Center, Security, Wireless, and Network Management/Operations, however we work collaboratively to design and implement the best show network possible. We have individuals that are part of our Cisco Remote Management Services (RMS) team, Video Surveillance and partner support from our CenturyLink Internet Service Provider and NetApp storage vendor.
A small part of the NOC staff will travel to the venue to survey the wireless, power and Internet service capabilities several months beforehand.
In my last two blogs I discussed the challenges Enterprises are facing for their WAN, the differences between Enterprise needs in their LAN and WAN, and how the traditional ONF model for SDN isn’t practical for the Enterprise WAN. Let’s now look at how the new Cisco ONE Enterprise Architecture can address this.
Cisco ONE Enterprise Network Architecture
The new Cisco ONE Enterprise Networks Architecture based on Cisco Open Network Environment (ONE) was introduced at InterOp Las Vegas during Rob Soderbery’s keynote, with a deeper dive in a blog by Inbar Lasser-Raab (shown in Figure 2). Briefly, the 3 layers are similar to SDN Architecture but are also vastly different in the following ways:
In my last blog I introduced challenges Enterprises are facing in their WAN deployments and the definition of ONF SDN. While the broad definition of ONF’s SDN architecture implies many theoretical answers to these challenges, we need to be pragmatic. Let’s take a look at the practical differences in LAN and WAN networks that affect how you’d deploy SDN on each. Read More »
Hi All! For this video my trusty film crew and I are still here in Orlando for CiscoLive 2013 and got in some great interviews! In this episode I learn about Smart Connected Vehicles (and why you shouldn’t hack them), meet with Chris Tillett (@christillett) of Halifax Media Group and find out why the new Cisco ISR 4451-X is the router for him, I get to sit in and program the Delorean time machine we had in our booth, and JOHN CHAMBERS GIVES ME AND MY TRUSTY FILM CREW A THUMBS UP. Yes, that needed all caps, because it is awesome and I didn’t even realize it until the episode was posted! Also, I tested the tensile strength of the CiscoLive sign.