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.
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.
These and other top concerns for IT professionals were paired up with Cisco and partner technologies to show real solutions. These solutions have been on display at Interop at the Cisco booth in our NOC area and will likewise be at the Borderless Networks booth at CiscoLive Orlando. Jimmy Ray Purser and Rob Boyd caught up with the architect of this NOC, Marlowe Fenne to get an introduction to the Unified Access solution.
Usually at shows like Interop Las Vegas 2013, attendees wander around the show floor looking at all the new products that are coming out from vendors. Now it is always exciting to see the latest and greatest technology coming out, but very often there is so much information to consume it is difficult to envision how these new products will solve problems that IT organizations are facing today.
Cisco is taking a different approach at Interop this year. In the Cisco booth there are a number of demo stations including the traditional new product demos, ask the experts stations, trivia games and many more, but in addition there are two unique demos the “Your NOC Your Way” Demo and the Unified Access Experience Demo that take a solution perspective to addressing top IT concerns.
1. The “Your NOC Your Way” Demo
This unique demo focuses on how Cisco solutions can aid in addressing the top concerns of network operations managers. Read More »
Tracking IT ROI has always been equal parts art and science, but lately it’s becoming even more complicated as organizations deal with technology transitions such as cloud and mobility. How do we know? Because Cisco recently asked hundreds of IT Managers in companies of all sizes how their businesses track ROI.
More specifically, we asked Network Managers, Data Center Managers, Server and Storage Managers, and other IT professionals how and if ROI was tracked for their groups. Answers varied widely, as you’d expect, but several point did become clear: Read More »
If you’re headed to Interop Las Vegas, there are a few things you won’t want to miss. Much like the Keynote (video above) we have a lot of fun and useful things planned
When you walk into the exhibition hall, you’ll see Cisco’s booth (1327)*, front and center. This is our home-base and where a lot of activity will happen. Stop by to check out live demos, to get your questions answered, to hear our technology experts give quick theater presentations, and to check out our NOC. If you use Cisco gear (and I’ll assume that you do if you’re reading this blog) you’ll want to stop by to get the latest updates.
We’re trying something new – we’ll have a working NOC in our booth. Read More »