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Collaboration Notes from Cisco Live: Tuesday Recap

May 21, 2014 at 12:51 am PST

There’s an advantage to having events in different buildings of the Moscone Center. You get to go outside and enjoy the great weather. Just watch out for the birds in Yerba Buena Gardens once things quiet down a bit – I got dive-bombed by an avian aviator. 

Enough about me. What was up with Collaboration on Tuesday? Plenty.

Rowan Trollope and Hans Hwang closed out the afternoon sessions with the Collaboration Technology Keynote, providing a closer look at the new desktop collaboration experiences, including the DX80, DX70, and Collaboration Meeting Rooms. Wearing bright red Converse high-tops, Rowan promised a continued focus on simplicity: “Everything you see going forward is going to be easy to use.” The laminated “how to use this device” cards are history.

The DX80 demo highlighted the simplicity, clean industrial design, and the directional “what you see is what you hear” microphones (read: no more barking dogs or noisy office neighbors in the background of calls). You know the design is new and different when the room applauds after a quick tour of the back of the unit – or the “other front” as the designers call it.

In the Collaboration Meeting Room demo, Rowan showed how easily callers on all sorts of different platforms and devices can connect to a video conference call just by connecting via the host’s meeting-room URL: three-screen immersive telepresence, laptop with a web browser, PC with Lync, and a DX80 all joined the call.

Earlier in the day, the technology keynote kicked off with a great video about the Bay Bridge, which also happens to be the world’s largest LED sculpture – and supported by a Cisco network infrastructure. Read More »

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Summary – Network Design for Automation

There has been a lot of recent online discussion about automation of the datacenter network, how we all may (or may not) need to learn programming, the value of a CCIE, and similar topics. This blog tries to look beyond all that. Assume network configuration has been automated. How does that affect network design?

Read my full article to find out more..

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Almost time for Cisco Live 2014 – San Francisco, CA – May 18-22

Can you believe it has been almost a year since we all gathered together in Orlando at Cisco Live? Well, it has and you know what that means -- it is just about time for Cisco Live San Francisco!

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One of the great things about Cisco Live is the educational experience afforded to everyone who is in attendance on-site and who joins via the Internet at Cisco Live Online (https://www.ciscolive.com/online/connect/publicDashboard.ww). There are hundreds of sessions where you can learn about networking technologies -- from Mastering Subnetting (BRKCRT-9346), to Nexus 7000 Virtual Device Context Design (BRKDCT-2121), and even the latest information on the Architecture of the Nexus 9000 (BRKDCT-3640). There are sessions encompassing Data Center, Security, Service Provider, Certifications, Wireless, Voice, etc. They have sessions for everyone and every skill level – it is a great chance to gain exposure to technologies that you have only heard of! Read More »

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Cisco 500 Small Business Series

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There are almost 28 million small businesses in the US which have generated over 65% of the net new jobs since 1995. Of those with websites, the average annual revenue was $5.03 million. With those statistics in mind, how do you build an infrastructure to support growth through it’s first 5 years and beyond? How are these small businesses integrating the various components of a network together such as wireless, VoIP, and security?* Read More »

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From Cisco Network Academy student to Cisco Champion

I was selected as a Cisco Champion for the year 2014. Becoming a Cisco Champion is a privilege for Cisco enthusiasts and experts who are passionate about sharing, teaching, and discussing (Cisco) network technologies. In this blog post, I want to tell you about the road I took from my first CCNA classes (Cisco Network Academy) to becoming a Cisco Champion.

My networking career started ten years ago with Cisco Network Academy. In those days, Cisco Network Academy was a pretty new learning ‘center’ but it had enough information to help you start your career in the networking field. At my university, we used Network Academy modules during the semester. We had 2 or 3 chapter exams every week! To gain more understanding about the theories, we were required to attend labs. During my university years I needed to study for the Network Academy exams every day. Not just every day, but really every day! That was not a problem though, because network technology is just awesome! Read More »

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