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Behind the Scenes at the Ciscolive! Network Operations Center

July 10, 2013 at 4:45 am PST

I have been privileged to be part of a very dedicated team of networking subject matter experts for the past 5 years in prepping and running the Ciscolive! event  network.  Before 2008 the network was installed and monitored by a commercial events networking company.  However, it became clear with the number of Technical Marketing Engineers, Services Engineers and product developers on-site for Ciscolive! that we were well equipped to take on the responsibility in addition to our speaking responsibilities.

Planning

The preparation for Ciscolive! starts many months before the event with weekly, collaborative Webex sessions to discuss design criteria, venue particulars and product/feature configurations.  Generally the teams align into core Route/Switch, Data Center, Security, Wireless, and Network Management/Operations, however we work collaboratively to design and implement the best show network possible.  We have individuals that are part of our Cisco Remote Management Services (RMS) team, Video Surveillance and partner support from our CenturyLink Internet Service Provider and NetApp storage vendor.

A small part of the NOC staff will travel to the venue to survey the wireless, power and Internet service capabilities several months beforehand.

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Case Study: Cyber Threat Detection with IPFIX, Cisco Application Visibility & Control (AVC) and Plixer Scrutinzer

In an ongoing blog series on Cisco Application Visibility and Control and our outstanding partners, we learned how to maximize service provider revenues by detecting and applying QoS to over 1400 applications, cure Grumpy old Man Syndrome, and rule the world of application Quality of Service.

This week, I invited Mike Patterson, co-founder of Plixer to share a real-life cyber threat example that one of his customers faced. Mike and his customer were able to use Plixer Scrutinzer, Cisco AVC, and IPFIX to detect a Known Infected Bot. Read More »

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