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Cisco Networking Academy Dream Team Thrives at Cisco Live US 2015

Yesterday, over 25,000 Cisco customers, employees, and executives helped kick off Cisco Live US 2015 in San Diego, California, attending everything from John Chambers’ final keynote to the World of Solutions in the massive San Diego Convention Center. The venue, which measures over a quarter mile from end to end, features a public, secure wireless network for attendees to access from any room in the building.

Because of this network, they can tweet, post Facebook statuses, and share their favorite pictures on Instagram throughout the week, all without worrying about a faulty Internet connection. But who is keeping that network running, and who helped set it up?

As part of the Cisco Networking Academy Dream Team, students are building the skills they'll need to thrive in the connected economy.

As part of the Cisco Networking Academy Dream Team, students are building the skills they’ll need to thrive in the connected economy.

The Cisco Networking Academy Dream Team! As part of the Dream Team, 30 Networking Academy students have been working side-by-side with the Cisco IT team to maintain the event’s massive networks and develop the hands-on skills they’ll need to thrive in the connected economy.

Each year, more than 160,000 students in the United States and Canada enroll in Cisco Networking Academy courses, where they develop IT know-how and valuable problem-solving skills in preparation for jobs in the IT field. Of those thousands of candidates, 10 North American students are selected to participate, and another 20 local students join them to provide additional support.

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Threat-Centric Security for Service Providers

Security has never been more critical for service providers. As Sanjeev Mervana said in his recent blog: Security has become a service provider imperative. it is a key enabler for open and programmable networks that enhances business agility and profitability. With secure networks, emerging video, wireless mobility, Internet of Everything (IoE) and cloud services can more reliably drive new revenue opportunities and business outcomes. Unfortunately, cyber adversaries exploit the growing attack surface that these services expose by launching more sophisticated attacks that impact both the service provider and their customers.

Until now, the only viable approach for service providers to protect their networks has been to Read More »

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Cisco Cloud Consumption at Cisco Live!

Cloud sprawl is a huge, growing challenge. On average, large companies use 645 individual cloud services, which has grown 17% in just six months. What’s crazy is when you ask IT teams to estimate, they think they’re only using about 40 cloud services (yikes!).

I’m at Cisco Live US this week in San Diego – and wanted to share with you our Cloud Consumption portal and booth (check it out below). With Cloud Consumption Services, you can discover all the cloud services you’re using (SaaS, IaaS, and PaaS), understand data security risks you’re facing, review cloud provider risk profiles, benchmark cloud usage against peers, and other useful things.

To learn more:

  • Visit us at our booth at Cisco Live US this week and meet the Cloud Consumption Service team
  • Learn more about how Cloud Consumption Services can help you better manage a new world of many clouds

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Cisco Live 2015: Touchdown in San Diego!

So I encountered a bit of turbulence on my way out west yesterday, but it’s been smooth sailing since I touched down in San Diego for Cisco Live. It looks like it’s been that way for most of the partners I’ve talked to as well.

Solution Partner ReceptionThe weather is gorgeous here (it is San Diego, so no shocker there) and the conversation has been lively. In fact, I was lucky enough to arrive yesterday in time to take in part of the Solution Partner Forum before Cisco Live officially kicked off today.

The Solution Partner Forum provides program members with networking opportunities, new program updates and useful resources. All of this is designed to help you accelerate your business growth and advance your partnership with Cisco.

Solution Partner Hormel FoodsWe opened up today visiting a packed Cisco ONE Software Partner Forum to see partners interacting and discussing our Cisco ONE Software offering, which is “A more valuable & flexible way to consume software”.  The interest level from partners was at a peak during the customer success story interview with Hormel Foods. You can learn more about Cisco ONE and how to start selling right here.

Solution Partner LunchThe Solution Partners were able to reconvene for a partner power lunch where Cisco condensed about eight hours of material into an interactive two hour lunch that provided a great deal of feedback and insight as well.

Don’t forget that the Cisco Partner Social Media team will be on hand to help keep you focused on the happenings of interest to Cisco Partners throughout the week. Be sure to let me know where my focus can help you and I will certainly do what I can to make sure you have the information you need. Watch the partner twitter feed for the latest information!

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Preparing for the next wave of Mobility at Cisco Live

It is that time of year again where we kick off another Cisco Live, our 26th show happening in San Diego this year. Much like the Cisco events of the past, the evolution of wireless technology and solutions have come a long way.  In the late 1990’s, Wi-Fi was a novelty or a toy that we used infrequently, turning to Ethernet connectivity when we needed reliable bandwidth. The first 802.11 Wi-Fi standard, ratified in 1997, offered limited bandwidth support which was barely enough for basic connectivity and seldom reliable.  Flash forward to last week, where we announced our first Access Point to support the latest Wi-Fi standard 802.11ac Wave 2, the Aironet 1850 Series Access Point.

Aironet 1850 Series Access Points

The introduction of 802.11ac Wave 2 is significant from a technology standpoint because it marks the first time that Wi-Fi has the throughput ability to move beyond the 1Gps barrier. The significance in not only because this is a nice large number but as the adoption of Wave 2 devices grows, Wi-Fi bandwidth will exceed the capacity of the wired infrastructure.   Read More »

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