John Spade

Technology Architect

John Spade is a South Florida based technology architect and Cisco Champion* specializing in small business information and networking needs. He has been actively deploying and troubleshooting Cisco routers since 1995. John is lead inventor on a VoIP related patent (8,089,952) which utilized RADIUS billing data from the Cisco AS5xxx series to intelligently re-route fax and data calls on the fly. An early proponent of the Internet and Linux, John helped develop and instruct a one unit course “Economics and the Internet” at CSU Chico where he earned a Bachelor’s in Economics. His economics training shaped his international telecom deployments, where great efficiency was needed for expensive satellite and terrestrial links. These global links prone to loss required careful tuning to satisfy the demand of VoIP’s high packet rates and Cisco voice gateways and routers gave him the needed flexibility. Today you will usually find him in Miami or Fort Lauderdale helping small businesses and service providers utilize Cisco hardware and software to securely virtualize and connect their applications to the cloud.

*Cisco Champions are an exclusive group of volunteers who are passionate about Cisco and enjoy sharing their knowledge‚ experience‚ and impartial feedback across the social web and with Cisco. They play a critical role in sharing Cisco expertise with the community, but more importantly, representing the voice of their peers back inside Cisco. Learn more about the Cisco Champions Advocacy program: cisco_champions@cisco.com.


February 18, 2016


IT Challenges with Hosting a Professional Sports Draft Event

3 min read

Last summer, the BB&T Center and Florida Panthers hosted the 2015 NHL Draft. It was a great success and I am proud to work with such a great operations team. On the surface it looks like any other event, but there were a number of unique challenges that our IT group had to meet. To […]

March 2, 2015


How Cisco Certifications Landed Me the Coolest Job in South Florida; Literally

5 min read

When I started with my first Cisco router back in 1995, I never would have imagined I would someday be the technology lead for an ice arena of an NHL team. I also would never have predicted the impact that having a Cisco certification would have on being recruited to that position. Most of my […]

October 17, 2013


Check Ins – Why location needs to be part of Authentication and Identity

4 min read

Dude, where’s my IP? I love to check in on social networks like Foursquare and Google+. Most of the time, there’s no point to it, but it’s fun to see what friends and colleagues are up to or discover new local haunts. Despite the fun and games, location is much more important to the network […]

September 4, 2013


Solving the Network Location Problem with LISP Part 2

4 min read

Hey Bro, Do you even LISP? So in the last article, we discussed a bit of why a solution like LISP ( Locator/Identifier Separation Protocol) is required. To summarize, there aren’t enough IPv4 addresses to go around and there are too many IPv6 addresses to let them ‘roam’ using traditional routing methods. Available in IOS […]

July 24, 2013


Solving the Network Location Problem with LISP

3 min read

Your Location Has Changed, Carry On! Solving the Network Location Problem with LISP (Locator/Identifier Separation Protocol) The first thing that comes to mind when someone mentions location is our GPS location. Our ability to roam around the earth with our mobile devices is something many of us take for granted. However, at the packet level […]