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Don’t Gamble with Your EMC World Schedule: A Helpful Guide

May 2, 2014 at 5:30 pm PST

Has it actually been a whole year? Yes, it is time for #EMCWorld again, and Cisco has a lot to talk about this year.

Find the complete listing of Cisco sessions, speakers, demos, and more here.

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A few items to note:

  • Cisco Booth: #202 — visit for great sessions, whiteboarding with experts, and for a “I <3 UCS” hat, then wear your new hat, show your love, and win!
  • Wednesday, May 7: 11:00 am -- 11:30 am, #CiscoChampion Jonas Rosland (@virtualswede) presents High–Performance Splunk on EMC Scale–Out Storage, Cisco UCS Servers, and VMware in the Cisco Booth Theater
  • #EngineersUnplugged: Take your shot at Internet fame! 2 Engineers, 1 Whiteboard, 10 Minutes of Tech. We’ll be shooting episodes Monday -- Wednesday. Or drop by for a lightning challenge with the all-new 60SecondTech:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkMTd9L3gxs

  • Demonstrations at Cisco Booth #202 include the following:
    • Management and Automation for Integrated Infrastructures
    • Cisco Solutions for VSPEX
    • Data Center Networking
    • Multilayer Data Switching Solutions
    • Unified Data Center Rack
    • VCE Vblock Rack
    • Cisco UCS 3D Virtual Display

Last but not least, did we mention the remote-controlled boat racing? Yes, you read that correctly. When the learning for Tuesday is done, join us for the first annual Geek Regatta!

The Geek Regatta Customer Appreciation Reception

Date: Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Time: 6:30–10 p.m.
Boat race time: 7–9:30 p.m.
Location:   Tao Beach | The Venetian Hotel, Las Vegas

This event is invite-only, and you’ll need your event badge and a sticker to attend. Visit the booth for registration information if you haven’t already signed up! Don’t worry, we have field-tested the boats, and they are fully operational.

No geese were harmed in the making of this video: 

Looking forward to seeing you in Vegas! Follow us @CiscoDC or Tweet my way @CommsNinja if you’re there or watching virtually.

 

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#EngineersUnplugged S5|Ep8: Nexus 1000V on OpenStack!

April 23, 2014 at 5:42 pm PST

In this week’s episode of Engineers Unplugged, Colin Lynch (@UCSGuru) and Giuseppe Paterno (@gpaterno) discuss Nexus 1000V running on OpenStack and the options this creates for the network engineer. It’s all about faster deployment and choice, let’s watch:

Don’t miss the surprise unicorn ending!

This is Engineers Unplugged, where technologists talk to each other the way they know best, with a whiteboard. The rules are simple:

  1. Episodes will publish weekly (or as close to it as we can manage)
  2. Subscribe to the podcast here: engineersunplugged.com
  3. Follow the #engineersunplugged conversation on Twitter
  4. Submit ideas for episodes or volunteer to appear by Tweeting to @CommsNinja
  5. Practice drawing unicorns

Join the behind the scenes by liking Engineers Unplugged on Facebook.

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#EngineersUnplugged S4|Ep11: Level Up Your Skills, Next Gen IT

January 22, 2014 at 3:28 pm PST

In this week’s episode of Engineers Unplugged, Scott Hanson (@CiscoServerGeek) and Conrad Ramos (@vNoob) discuss the IT jobs of the future, what the next gen needs to learn, and how to level up your skills. It’s a can’t miss watch for anyone interested in the trends of the industry. Also, how can your efforts benefit the community? Watch and see:

Unicorns at work: Scott Hanson and Conrad Ramos talk next-gen IT skills.

Unicorns at work: Scott Hanson and Conrad Ramos talk next-gen IT skills.

**The next shoot is last week of January at Cisco Live in Milan! Stop by the Social Media Hub to say hello.**

This is Engineers Unplugged, where technologists talk to each other the way they know best, with a whiteboard. The rules are simple:

  1. Episodes will publish weekly (or as close to it as we can manage)
  2. Subscribe to the podcast here: engineersunplugged.com
  3. Follow the #engineersunplugged conversation on Twitter
  4. Submit ideas for episodes or volunteer to appear by Tweeting to @CommsNinja
  5. Practice drawing unicorns

Join the behind the scenes by liking Engineers Unplugged on Facebook.

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#EngineersUnplugged S4|Ep7: There are no VHS afficianados (storage trends)

December 11, 2013 at 2:28 pm PST

In this week’s Engineers Unplugged, Frank Denneman (@FrankDenneman) and Damian Karlson (@sixfootdad) discuss parallels between VHS and traditional storage models, and how all old technology isn’t outdated. This is a great discussion about the role flash storage plays vs array. So be kind, rewind, and let’s dig into the theory behind the evolving storage models:

 

This episode was powered not just by unicorns, but by stroopwafels.

This episode was powered not just by unicorns, but by stroopwafels.

**The next shoot is last week of January at Cisco Live in Milan! If you want to be internet-famous, contact me ASAP to talk about being on the show.**

This is Engineers Unplugged, where technologists talk to each other the way they know best, with a whiteboard. The rules are simple:

  1. Episodes will publish weekly (or as close to it as we can manage)
  2. Subscribe to the podcast here: engineersunplugged.com
  3. Follow the #engineersunplugged conversation on Twitter
  4. Submit ideas for episodes or volunteer to appear by Tweeting to @CommsNinja
  5. Practice drawing unicorns

Join the behind the scenes by liking Engineers Unplugged on Facebook.

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#EngineersUnplugged S4|Ep1: Team Building and Onboarding in IT

October 23, 2013 at 10:35 am PST

Welcome back to Season 4 of Engineers Unplugged! The whiteboards are shiny and new, and the markers are fresh. We have some incredible episodes lined up for this season, featuring multiple languages, countries, and guests new and returning.

To kick off the season, we’re changing the pace a little bit, stepping away from the whiteboards, with a special episode that highlights one of the EU mission statements: actionable information from and for the community.

Community Building! Amy Lewis interviewing Fred Nix at VMworld Barcelona. (photo credit: Nick Howell)

Community Building! Amy Lewis interviewing Fred Nix at VMworld Barcelona. (photo credit: Nick Howell)

Today’s guest is Fred Nix (@nixfred), who works with a team at EMC to onboard SEs. He takes us behind the scenes of how they do it with methods you can apply to a company of 40 or 40,000. It’s a great story, let’s roll the clip:

Thanks to Nick Howell (@that1guynick, http://datacenterdude.com) for the photo. Keep us posted with who you’d like to see on the show, and the topics you’d like to hear discussed. The hotline is open!

Welcome to Engineers Unplugged, where technologists talk to each other the way they know best, with a whiteboard. The rules are simple:

  1. Episodes will publish weekly (or as close to it as we can manage)

  2. Subscribe to the podcast here: engineersunplugged.com

  3. Follow the #engineersunplugged conversation on Twitter

  4. Submit ideas for episodes or volunteer to appear by Tweeting to @CommsNinja

  5. Practice drawing unicorns

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