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- June 12, 2009 - 1 Comment

Who is going to CiscoLive!? Hands down this is easily my favorite event of the year – although we look at it as an annual homecoming with all our friends there are obviously going to be many people who just can’t afford the travel time or perhaps the budget this year for any number of reasons…but don’t fret! The show can come to you! In fact, there are FOUR options to take advantage of: (1) – THE WHOLE ENCHILADA – (the full expo pass) – access to EVERYTHING: educational, networking and social activities. (2) – FREE Expo Pass… not just access to the expo floor (World of Solutions) but amazingly includes • Keynote Sessions: John Chambers, Padmasree Warrior, and Guy Kawasaki• World of Solutions Exhibits with hundreds of Cisco partners• Super Sessions with John McCool, Ed Bugnion, and Don Proctor (I am frankly a little surprised that this would all be included for free….but I double checked it). (3) Expo Plus Pass… – for a small fee you get all the stuff mentioned on the free pass above plus two breakout sessions (these are great) and a full pass to the virtual CiscoLive! – what is the virtual thing you say? (4) – CiscoLive Virtual will run concurrent with the live event this year on June 30 and July 1. Check out the agenda here. ( This is a great option as so many of us can’t afford to travel for the event. For only $395. (or 5 Learning Credits), you get the 2-day pass, a year round subscription with hundreds of on-demand sessions. Register is already open at the show info can be found at www.ciscolive.comI am mapping my CiscoLive! Strategy RIGHT NOW…let me tell you what has caught my eye: (this is not an exhaustive list of stuff to expect by any means). – The Data Center Team is building out an actual running Data Center 3.0 that you can touch and feel. These guys have come out with innovations in the last year that just blow my mind – its looking like you should be able to check it all out and ask as many questions as you want. Check out Omar’s blog entry on just how much technology they have rolled out. Steve Phillips recently joined our team as we have tee’d up a TON of Data Center content over the next year. He is in charge of these demo’s…you don’t want to miss. – Cisco Security Team is featuring ALL the Realm Characters (Yes, that includes Vixen) but best of all…Mike Mayhew will be there signing autographs. (They are going to have a BUNCH of technology to check out too of course). Be sure and check out all the IronPort intelligence that is now being leveraged in our more traditional security appliances and technologies – bots never had it so bad! (Brush up on your Security Skillz’ for the challenge this year as I understand that our security team is running the content for the ever popular Cisco Challenge Game Show). – Its the 20th Anniversary this Year…I would love to get some comments on camera from NetVets with interesting stories to tell. I understand you will be able to take a walk down memory lane with a museum we are putting together featuring some of your favorite Cisco technologies of yesteryear…- Our Learning@Cisco friends have a panel and bunch of other great stuff planned. Great chance to meet some of the community managers and others you may have been interacting with. – CiscoPress has some great authors coming out…many of them have new books and certification guides you are going to want to check out. Our good friend Jamie Adams is telling me we should be able to find: Wendell Odom Jeremy Cioara Brandon Carroll Kevin Wallace – Tina Shakour of our newest experts on TechWiseTV covering the Unified Communications and Collaboration beats assures me she has some killer updates around our collaboration technologies. The new Webex for the iPhone update that just came out is getting rave reviews – that should be one of your ‘must see’ items on the list. (Check out Tina’s first show on TechWiseTV as she helps us avoid the Migraines when making the move from PBX to IP Telephony).I can always tell when we are getting close to CiscoLive based on the tension growing in building 17. Jimmy Ray and I were in San Jose all this week taping a show on the ASR 1000 with Michael Beesley and diving into VN-Link on a data center show working with our good friend Steve Phillips. We sauntered over to Building 17 to see what gear we could liberate and it was obvious that all the demo building was reaching a fever pitch. We managed to escape with one of the new Webex Nodes (Shared Port Adaptors) and a full (but beat up) ASR 1000 to slip it into…. Check out this interview our friend Tugba did with Prashanth Shenoy from Interop (We did win a couple of awards on the ASR at this show)…

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