Over the decades’ many songs have been written about Germany’s capital city with one song stating that “Berlin ist eine Reise wert” or Berlin is worth a visit. I have been to Berlin a few times and agree if your time allows I encourage you to explore the many sights and attractions the city has to offer. With Cisco Live EMEA 2017 happening in Berlin from February 20 – 24, one additional attraction and reason to visit is just around the corner and you may want to register and book your trip ASAP. Whether you are alumni (aka a NetVet) or a first-time attendee, we want to make sure that your experience is like our motto says: Your Time is Now.

In this blog, I’d like to be your tour guide for our Data Center activities and learning opportunities for you to make the most of your time while attending this year’s event.

On Tuesday, February 21, after catching the opening keynote ‘Future Proof Your Business’  from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. make sure you block your calendar from 2.15 to 3.45 p.m. as you don’t want to miss the ‘Next Generation Data Center Innovation Talk  [Session ID: INTGEN-2002].

Click on banner for schedule of all Keynotes and Innovation Talks

Cisco is Your foundation for Digital Transformation, see here for more information and customer stories that have made the journey with us. Berlin itself has undergone tremendous change over the years and is constantly reinventing itself which makes it worth a (repeat) visit. With digital disruption redefining what it means to be successful for industries and companies, states and cities, the city has its own Center for Digital Transformation. While with that many sessions and opportunities to learn, network and engage, you probably don’t want to venture too far from the Messe Berlin grounds during the week of Cisco live.

I encourage you to not only attend the above-mentioned keynote and innovation talk but also the over 200 Data Center sessions overall and to see us in the World of Solutions to find out more how Digital Transformation starts with an ASAP Data Center. ASAP stands for Analyze, Simplify, Automate, and Protect.

The article Why Data Centers Are More Important Than Ever introduces the importance of a consistent policy model for analytics, simplification, automation, and protection in the ASAP data center. I recommend to read it before your trip to Berlin.


Let me highlight the Product or Strategy Overview (PSO) sessions among the many Data Center sessions to help you plan your days. Click on the Session ID PSO number to enroll:

Tuesday, February 21 | Start time: 1:00 p.m.

  • Building out your Data Center and Cloud Strategy
  • Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) – Changing the Economics of the Data Center

 Wednesday, February 22 | Start time: 1:15 p.m.

  • Hybrid Cloud on Cisco UCS for Microsoft
  • What’s New with HyperFlex & Learn How ForePaaS Built a Hybrid Cloud Service on HyperFlex
  • Scale Big, Scale Fast: UCS Solutions for Big Data and Analytics
  • Next Generation Hybrid Cloud – Cisco ONE Enterprise Cloud Suite

Thursday, February 23 | Start time: 1:15 p.m.

  • Tetration Analytics, the secret ingredient for every Data Center
  • Policy Unites the Hybrid Cloud, ACI, and Tetration Stack
  • DevOps with Cisco Data Center and Cloud Solutions

All 200 plus Data Center Learning Path sessions, technical breakouts, learning labs can be found here. It pays to plan ahead:

World of Solutions

  • Engage with our experts in the Cisco Campus Hall 3.2 – Data Center and Cloud
  • Learn with hands-on solution demos, check out latest products on display,  interact in the education zone and get a T-shirt, play games, and sign up for a DC User Group
  • Days and Hours:
    • Tuesday: 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
    • Wednesday: 10:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    • Thursday: 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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See you in Berlin.


Klaus Schwegler

No Longer with Cisco