Cisco Live this week welcomed about 22,000 attendees to Orlando, with an additional 250,000 attendees participating virtually –record participation for this long-running and always-exciting event!
The following is a look at some of the major news announcements, executive presentations and on-the-scene details that made Cisco Live what it was and to which Cisco partners, in particular, should pay attention. Remember that you can continue to access important Cisco Live content through Cisco Live 365, and make sure you check out the index of Cisco Live-related social media content from across the various Cisco teams.
Read on to check out news and visuals from all the action in Orlando.
News You Can Use
This year’s Cisco Live featured important news and strategy updates around Cisco’s Open Network Environment (ONE) strategy, and also our data center portfolio.
Earlier in the week, we announced a slew of products and services under the new Cisco Enterprise Networks Architecture, a portfolio-wide strategy that applies software programmability to ASICs, operating systems, networking functions, and services across the data center, WAN and LAN. We’ll be updating our entire service provider and enterprise networking portfolio to become open and programmable.
These announcements address the campus and branch networking lines, including the release of Cisco’s highest-performing Catalyst switches to date, the Catalyst 6800 Series, and the new Cisco ISR 4451-AX, described as the most significant performance breakthrough with service availability in integrated branch services since the introduction of the Cisco ISR in 2004. Check out a recap of these announcements and the first day of Cisco Live from the Borderless Networks team.
Later in the week we focused on new data center architecture and solutions intended to usher in the era of what we’re calling application-centric infrastructure. That includes two key enhancements to Cisco’s Unified Fabric portfolio, dutifully detailed by Berna Devrim on the Data Center and Cloud Blog. Also make sure you check out Padmasree Warrior’s discussion of this paradigm shift on the Platform blog. Among other topics, Padma talks about why the traditional model of networking isn’t sufficient for the cloud, mobile and big data era, and also why SDN — at least as it’s popularly defined — isn’t the answer.
Cisco Powered Up!
Did you get to meet the Cisco Powered team this week? They were all over Cisco Live, tweeting and posting away. They were also showcasing Cloud and Managed Services partners – 23 in all, from Dimension Data and CDW to Verizon Terremark and Windstream — in the World of Solutions exhibit hall.
Hopefully you had a chance to swing by the always-buzzing Booth 947; John Chambers did!
More Cisco Live Focus Areas
Here are notable blog posts from around Cisco that captured different elements of the Cisco Live experience.
- Padmasree Warrior offers the model for next-generation IT and Cisco’s place in this evolution, as discussed in her Monday keynote at Cisco Live
- Dave Evans looks ahead to 2023 and what things will look like as the Internet of Everything evolves
- Patrick Finn checks in from the site of the future Veterans Administration Medical Center at Lake Nona, a Cisco Smart + Connected Community
- Frank Brockners drills down on why SDN and programmability are not the same thing
- Stephen Spiers highlights industry accolades for Cisco Cloud Enablement Services
- Song Toh shows off the new Cisco Prime Service Catalog
- Lindsay Hiebert looks at Cisco IOT Connected Safety and Security applications seen at the show
- Helder Antunes examines connected driving experiences – buckle up!
- Jim Grubb sees IoE as the technology transition of all transitions
- Amrit Hanspal navigates the service provider-specific content at Cisco Live
Notable Partner Tweets
Twitter activity around Cisco Live and the #CLUS hashtag was off the charts – so much that, as Blair Christie told attendees from the stage, Cisco and Twitter had to work out an agreement on how best to manage so much traffic.
So where to start? Well, you’d do well to look at #CLUS Tweets from @CiscoSystems, @CiscoLive and a host of other handles (including us: @Cisco_Channels), but here are some notable tweets from Cisco partners covering the event:
- @johnmarkivey I’m loving the upgraded SoMe Hub #clus (@ Social Media Hub w/ 7 others) http://4sq.com/19CSWNE
- @dyarashus John Chambers connects with the CCIE NetVet crowd at #clus pic.twitter.com/4eKmrdKsya
- @MMBarat What a party RT @toddrychecky: I’m hearing a record 22,000 attendees at Cisco Live, biggest show ever #CLUS
- @NWNCorporation NWN Joins John Chambers at Cisco Live to discuss our Hosted Collaboration offering… http://fb.me/2d7H56kOR
- @CDWCorp One of the best tech conferences out there, @CiscoLive, is happening this week. Stay up to date on all the coverage http://www.biztechmagazine.com/cisco-live-2013
- @DimensionDataAM: The pub crawl is packed in Booth 207!! Come see us and get a beer plus a light up glass! #clus pic.twitter.com/cWNKbe05rA
- @Presidio: Mobile devices are changing the manufacturing industry by decreasing errors and increasing safety -- http://cs.co/6030kf1I #mobility
- @JarrodWeise: When the zombie apocalypse comes, there is only one network that has you covered. Crossbow not included. #clus pic.twitter.com/Nr10A5npb5
- @InsightEnt: Come meet The Amazing Jay from Minneapolis. Booth 1442 @InsightEnt #CLUS pic.twitter.com/G2nMU0YIiZ
- @Netformx: Visit us @CiscoLive in Orlando booth 541. Lots of new products and features for network & data center design + promotions management
- @NetApp: Standing room only for our first #CLUS presentation -- w/ @Terremark’s Jim Liips #FlexPod pic.twitter.com/CgmYueEIbR
- @scottmsavage: Just watched @lanceperrycisco dancing with Homer Simpson. Ask his wife for the video. A real visual treat! #clus
Tying It All Together
The social media interaction at Cisco Live can get pretty intense with all those blogs, tweets and Facebook, LinkedIn and Google Plus posts competing for attention. Here at Cisco, we place a premium on social listening, including monitoring conversations and pulling data and metrics from all those interactions. If you were in Orlando, you probably saw and hopefully stopped by our Cisco Social Media Hub on the ground floor of the Orange County Convention Center.
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