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#CiscoChampion Radio S2|Ep 12. 802.11ac Wave 2

CiscoChampion2015200PX#CiscoChampion Radio is a podcast series by Cisco Champions as technologists. Today we’ll be talking about 802.11ac Wave 2 with Cisco Product Marketing Engineer Mark Denny and Cisco Product Marketing Manager Allen Huotari.

Listen to the Podcast.

Learn about the Cisco Champions Program HERE.
See a list of all #CiscoChampion Radio podcasts HERE.

Cisco SMEs
Mark Denny, Cisco Product Marketing Engineer
Allen Huotari, Cisco Product Marketing Manager

Cisco Champion Guest Hosts
Stewart Goumans, @WirelessStew, Mobility Consultant
Sam Clements, @samuel_clements, Mobility Practice Manager

Moderator
Lauren Friedman (@Lauren)

Highlights
What is 802.11ac Wave 2 and why it is important?
Multi-user MIMO
Wave 2 and backwards compatibility
Troubleshooting Wireless Networks and Wave 2
Infrastructure and Power Requirements with Wave 2
AC toolbox recommendations
Wave 2 and disabling NCS rates

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4+1 Practices for Effective Lifelong IT Learning (Part 1)

The debate of what we should be learning seems to be a more frequent topic today. For instance, there’s been a long-standing question for each new networker: after learning a little about routing and switching, does a relative newbie dive deep into route/switch? Move on to learn voice? Or security? Data Center? Or for emerging technologies like SDN, should we learn SDN as defined by the Open Networking Foundation, or ACI, or both? Should we build programming skills to become network programmers, or programming for network automation, or stick with traditional config/verify/troubleshooting skills?

So we can talk to coworkers and discuss/argue about what technologies we should learn… but then we all seem to agree that learning throughout our careers is hugely important. (In fact, the day I was wrapping up this blog post, the Cisco Champion podcast included several people making that very same point, in agreement.) And then we stop talking about learning, because we all agree. We agree that learning is important, and don’t talk about how to learn effectively.

Our long-term career prospects depend in part on learning about existing and emerging technology. But how good are our learning skills? Are we happy with the results? How can we get better at learning?

Today’s post begins a 2-part post that offers a top 4+1 list of answering that last question: how do we get better at learning? Rather than us just agreeing that learning is important, and moving on, let’s treat the process of learning as an important process, and learn how to do it better. Read More »

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FlexPod for the Future

I’ve been a huge fan of Cisco and NetApp’s FlexPod since 2011, when I had the pleasure of working with it for the first time.  We had just gotten two brand new UCS Chassis full of B-Series blades, and I was impressed with how quickly I had them up and running.   I wired up the UCS Chassis to a Nexus 5000 switch I had in the lab, as well as a NetApp FAS2020, it wasn’t pretty, and it wasn’t in the same rack, but it was still a FlexPod.  When I did some firmware updates a couple of weeks later, again, it was simple process.  I could have actually scheduled it to run later, which I thought was an extremely cool feature.  It took next to no time to have everything revved to current levels (the poor UCS sat in the lab neglected for a few months before I got my hands on it).

FlexPod has come a long way since then, so let’s take a look at some of the hottest Cisco Validated Designs out there today, and a little bit more about what makes a FlexPod a FlexPod Read More »

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#CiscoChampion Radio S2|Ep 11. UCS E-Series and the Branch in a Box experience

CiscoChampion2015200PX#CiscoChampion Radio is a podcast series by Cisco Champions as technologists. Today we’ll be talking about the Cisco UCS E-Series with Cisco Technical Marketing Engineers Kishan Ramaswamy and Tony Banuelos.

Listen to the Podcast.

Learn about the Cisco Champions Program HERE.
See a list of all #CiscoChampion Radio podcasts HERE.

Cisco SMEs
Kishan Ramaswamy, Cisco Technical Marketing Engineer
Tony Banuelos, Technical Marketing Engineer

Cisco Champion Guest Hosts
Michael Aossey, @aossey, Solutions Architect
Chris Nickl, @ck_nic, Cloud Infrastructure Architect
Jonathan Davis, @subnetwork, Network Planning Analyst Read More »

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#CiscoChampion Radio S2|Ep 10. The Mad Scientists’ Cisco Home Lab

CiscoChampion2015200PX#CiscoChampion Radio is a podcast series by Cisco Champions as technologists. Today we’ll be talking about Cisco Home Labs with Cisco Education Specialist Charles Stizza.

Listen to the Podcast.

Learn about the Cisco Champions Program HERE.
See a list of all #CiscoChampion Radio podcasts HERE.

Cisco SMEs
Charles Stizza, Cisco Education Specialist

Cisco Champion Guest Hosts
Michael Aossey, @aossey, Solutions Architect
Blake Krone, @blakekrone, Wireless Solutions Architect Read More »

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