Cisco Live US 2020, Cisco’s first-ever digital event, was a super success. Over 124,000 viewers gathered online for the first day of Cisco Live 2020, the largest ever, digital-only global Cisco event experience. The event drew participation from across the globe, including 53% first-time attendees. I will take you on a quick tour of key Data Center Networking highlights from the Cisco Live broadcast and DevNet Day.

Keynote Addresses

Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins opened Cisco Live with an authentic and heartfelt keynote message, acknowledging the challenges we face today while offering a path forward of hope and optimism. He shared Cisco’s commitment to providing solutions to help customers accelerate their technology transformation to remain economically viable.

Watch Chuck’s Day 1 Keynote
(registration required)

On day 2, Todd Nightingale led an inspiring, executive team-driven keynote remotely, highlighting new announcements and Cisco’s commitment to using technology to deliver on the promise of an inclusive future.

Watch Todd’s Day 2 keynote
(registration required)

Each day focused on how Cisco technology innovations, and the IT heroes behind them, are powering an inclusive future. Cisco leadership sessions focused on the role of IT in helping our customers move quickly and enable connections during these dynamic times.

Data Center Networking Sessions

Flex Your IT Superpower by Harnessing The Network. I highly recommend this session as a must watch. Join Scott Harrell, Sachin Gupta and Thomas Scheibe as they unveil innovations that harness the power of your network. From Access to WAN to Data Center and Cloud – with insights and automation – see the technology and innovations that deliver connected experiences and transform your business, industry, and the world.

Multicloud Networking for ACI and NX-OS Enabled Data Center Fabrics. Join Principal Engineers Lukas Krattiger and Max Ardica as they share use cases for Disaster Recovery and Disaster Avoidance, common architecture shared by NX-OS EVPN and ACI multi-site, and how they operate together and with public cloud networks.

On-Demand Content

The broadcast is over, but more Cisco Live content is always at your fingertips. Visit the on-demand library for more sessions, demos and technical breakouts.

DevNet Day 2020

DevNet Day

With Cisco DevNet growing in strategic importance with enterprise developers and a strong community of half a million plus, we dedicated June 18 as DevNet Day, complementary to Cisco Live.

Event Summary

The DevNet day started with a welcome keynote by Cisco leaders Mandy Whaley, Susie Wee, Todd Nightingale and Oliver, followed by a “What’s New With DevNet” and a Demo Jam. The Demo Jam was a lightning round of demos and projects from our external community members and our DevNet Developer Advocate team. Over 80,000 visitors graced DevNet Day, with many sharing positive feedback on the quality of the sessions, presenters, and Q&A moderators.

Data Center Networking Track

Let us look at the key happenings in Data Center Networking track, from ACI and NX-OS standpoint, where I had the privilege of moderating the sessions form start to end.

Quinn Snyder started with two back-back sessions on ACI and NX-OS programmability, followed by Tim Millers’ container-based applications on Nexus 9000 Series Switches. Lionel Hercot, our in-house expert on Ansible and CI/CD pipelines, had a great time keeping developers rapt in attention, with his “All Things Ansible” and “Deconstructing DCN CI/CD Pipelines”. Lionel’s compatriot Nick Vermande complemented with a session “Composable Infrastructure with ACI with Terraform” and I know how busy and lively the session was, answering questions at a rapid clip. Cisco Senior PM, Asha Hegde did a session featuring ServiceNow with Cisco ACI and NAE, giving highlights of self-driving networks and how Intent Based Networking envisions a network which can identify network issues and self-administer resolutions for those issues.

View the list of DevNet Day sessions to view session content,
or click through for Data Center track replays.

What next?

In closing, we hope you experienced how we can all explore possibilities and build a more inclusive future together. Sign up to be notified when registration opens up for Cisco Live in Las Vegas, June 6-10, 2021.


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Ravi Balakrishnan

Senior Product Marketing Manager

Datacenter Solutions