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#CiscoChampion Radio S2|Ep 33: does this rack server make my data look big?

CiscoChampion200PXbadge#CiscoChampion Radio is a podcast series by Cisco Champions as technologists. Today we’re talking about UCS and Big Data with Cisco Technical Solutions Architect Sean McKeown.

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Sean McKeown, Cisco Technical Solutions Architect

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Brad Haynes, @GK_bradhaynes, Client Solutions Specialist
Chris Nickl, @ck_nic, Cloud Infrastructure Architect
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Certification exams – learning from failure

Some people like to say that you can’t ever fail an exam. I understand why someone would say that but I don’t agree. If you don’t make the cut, you have officially failed the exam. That does not mean you’re a failure or that you’re not a smart person.

Certifications test the minimally qualified candidate, those who make the cut score pass the test. The value of certifications and the methods of testing can certainly be argued but this post is not about that.

I took the CCDE written at Cisco Live and barely missed it. This came as a surprise to me. I felt well prepared and confident when entering the testing area. After the test I felt like many candidates that have just failed an exam. “I can’t believe I got that much of topic X”, “This question is way too subjective” and so on. This post describes how to handle that negative energy and how to work on passing it the next time. Read More »

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#CiscoChampion Radio S2|Ep 32: What Is Tropo? What Can You Do with Tropo APIs?

CiscoChampion200PXbadge#CiscoChampion Radio is a podcast series by Cisco Champions as technologists. Today we’re talking about Tropo with Jose de Castro, CTO, Tropo Business Unit, and Kevin Chatow, Director of Product Management, Tropo Business Unit.

Tropo APIs let you automate communications, connecting your code to the phone network with both voice and messaging. Use the web technologies you already know and Tropo’s cloud API to intergrate new capabilities and real-time communications to your applications.

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Jose de Castro, CTO, Tropo Business Unit
Kevin Chatow, Director of Product Management, Tropo Business Unit

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Kim Austin @ciscokima

Highlights
Overview of Tropo and its benefits
What you can do with Tropo APIs
How companies are using Tropo today
Where Tropo and Cisco come together
Tropo transcriptions and Voicebase
Advantages of Tropo
Quote of the day: “APIs are the way the web opens itself up to innovation.” Jose de Santos
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3 Steps For Wifi Success

Wireless is surpassing the number of wired connections. There are discussions about having all wireless offices to save on costs of running wires. We perform more work on laptops, tablets, and smartphones. While wireless is more prevalent and preferred by almost everyone, we must shift our mindset in deploying a wireless infrastructure that is as robust as our wired.

How do we accomplish a deployment of wireless signals in which our end users cannot see? I recommend taking a general three step approach. The first step being the most important, gather requirements from the end users. Second, analyze the wireless spectrum and perform a site survey. Lastly, verify your deployment and optimize.

Gather Requirements

The first step is listening to end user. Get in early on the planning committee if there are plans on building a new office or new office space. Get an approximation of how many devices will be using wireless. The kind of wireless devices will give you an idea of what kind of radios will be utilized.

You could be working with a classroom where iPads are used during instruction or tests. It’s possible that every student gets a Chromebook. Or maybe it’s a distribution center utilizing hand scanners for inventory and shipping. Read More »

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#CiscoChampion Radio S2|Ep 31. 2015 Midyear Security Report

CiscoChampion200PXbadge#CiscoChampion Radio is a podcast series by Cisco Champions as technologists. Today we’re talking about the Cisco Midyear Security Report with Cisco Marketing Manager Kevin Parra.

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Kevin Parra, Cisco Marketing Manager

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Jake Gillen, @jakegillen, Senior Security Engineer

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Brian Remmel (@bremmel)

Highlights
What is the Midyear Security Report and how is it different from the Annual Security Report?
How the report is put together and who contributes
What are combination attacks and how do they hang together?
Real life examples of what makes a formidable attack
Flash and malware
What InfoSec teams can do to improve their security

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Watch John Chambers and John Stewart discuss the report
Join us for a Twitter Chat with Talos’ Craig Williams on Thursday, August 13th

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