John McDonough

Developer Advocate


John McDonough is a Developer Advocate for Cisco's DevNet, focusing on Data Canter APIs.

John is responsible for the evangelization and consumption of the Cisco Data Center APIs. John's application development and delivery experience is well suited to assist customers, both internal and external, in fully utilizing the Data Center APIs.

Professional Experience:

John has 30 years of development experience, currently John is a Developer Advocate for Cisco's DevNet. As a Developer Advocate John creates Learning Labs, writes blogs, presents at Cisco Live and other events. Previously John was a Technical Marketing Engineer for Cisco's Computing Systems Product Group, where he was involved in the architecture, definition, distribution and consumption of the Cisco UCS Management APIs. John's career at Cisco has varied from Product Engineer to Customer Experience Custom Application Developer, Technical Marketing Engineer and now a Developer Advocate.

John's unique blend of technical acumen, significant customer interaction, ease of being in front of crowds or working one-on-one and overall laid-back nature has made him the perfect fit for the evangelization of APIs and an advocate for developers. Prior to Cisco John held development and/or IT related positions at dynamisoft, QAD, Valassis Communications, In Flight Newspapers, In-Store Advertising, and Columbia Letter Company.


  • Manipulating Data
  • Programming Languages
  • Googling Things (and understanding how they work)
  • Abstraction and Reflection
  • Telling a good story


John drives a mini-van, not because he has to but because he wants to.


December 18, 2017


Cisco UCS Automation – Part2: A Step-by-Step Guide to Connecting and Disconnecting using UCS PowerTool

Let’s Connect What’s the hardest part about meeting someone new or going to another country or just interacting with something you are unfamiliar with? Typically, it’s how to start the interaction, how do you connect, stay connected, and reconnect. Sometimes the relationship or the place just doesn’t work out and then you have to leave […]

November 15, 2017


Cisco UCS Automation Series, Part I – Getting Started with UCS PowerTool

You WANT to Automate! But Where to Start? You want to automate but not sure where to start or what tools to use or even what processes can be automated and if the thing you want to automate is even automatable. Does it offer an API? If it does, is there an SDK? Are there […]

June 2, 2017


DevNet Create – Just Like Christmas!

So, It's Thursday May 25th, the day after DevNet Create, Cisco DevNet's very first developer conference. It's kind of like the day after Christmas. What I mean by that is, that there is a tiny feeling of melancholy. You know what I mean? All the work and anticipation and then it's over and you're a little sad but still happy and ever so slightly you are looking forward to the next time. At least that is what I am experiencing, perhaps if I relive a little bit of DevNet Create I can shake off the blues.

May 9, 2016


Programmability and UCS Management

Cisco UCS was architected as a programmable infrastructure from its inception.

September 11, 2015


Shadow IT and Breaking a Rule or Two

During my college years, I worked for a major US airline. It was a great job but could get a little rough when faced with cancellations, overbookings, missed connections, etc. However, when faced with challenging situations I was always very calm. I recognized the passengers emotions associated with the situation were mostly because they had somewhere […]

July 23, 2015


Intercloud Fabric – TechWiseTV and 15 minutes (or less) of Fame

In middle school in the late 70s I took a test that was supposed to indicate my future career. The suggested careers were given a probability ranking. The top two results, by far were Entertainer at number 1 and Scientist at number 2, with the difference in probability between them almost imperceptible. Every other career […]

June 12, 2015


Cisco Intercloud Fabric Release 2.2.1 is Feature Packed!!!

I bought a used car this past weekend for my two teenagers to share, for school, work, getting around town, etc. It is a sensible car, four-wheel drive, high safety rating, decent gas mileage, few options and fewer distractions, a big difference from the ’72 TransAm I had as a teenager. Like the car I […]

February 6, 2015


Getting Started with Cisco Intercloud Fabric and Hybrid Cloud

When I hear “hybrid” I think about cars. Those gas and electric cars that can switch to whichever power source is needed when it is needed the most or makes the most economical sense. The switch is, or at least should not be noticeable. Having been in a hybrid car I’ve experienced the switchover, the […]

May 20, 2014


Python code from UCS PowerTool

I have been out of college for almost 25 years and have been programming ever since.  However I was a programmer before I graduated, I was a programmer when in 7th grade I got to bring home a Commodore PET (Personal Electronic Transactor), for a week at a time. I thought that everyone would want to bring […]