Those thinking of some winter experiences may find Amsterdam in February to be the ideal trip to scratch that itch. Offering all of the city’s best attractions without the peak summertime crowds, February serves as a fantastic time to experience the Dutch capital at its most genuine. Just be prepared with adequate winter clothing.
In just a week or so, Cisco Live EMEA, 2024 will be ready to sizzle at the RAI Amsterdam. From a Cisco Cloud Networking standpoint, Cisco Nexus Dashboard, Cisco ACI, and Nexus 9000 Series switches are showing up in a big way. Read on to learn what you can expect and experience at this buzzing event, and a tour of how Cisco Data Center Networking is ready to engage and enrich you.
Take a DevNet deep dive
Get hands-on with Cisco Data Center and Cloud Networking at this year’s Cisco DevNet Zone. We’re hosting multiple sessions, workshops, demos, and learning labs featuring Data Center Networking (DCN) platform, Cisco Nexus Dashboard, Cisco ACI, NX-OS, Cisco Nexus, and Infrastructure as Code (IaC). The DevNet Zone is a beehive of excitement at all Cisco Live events and many attendees find it very compelling given its appeal to everyone from beginners to API experts. Over the years, our DevNet community has grown to 500,000+ members and offers software certifications starting with this edition of Cisco Live. DevNet certifications are designed for both network engineers and software developers and provides Associate, Specialist, Professional, and Expert level paths to specialize.
The top draw in the DevNet Zone is the special DevNet Spotlight Session (DEVNET-1687) on Tuesday, Feb 6, 3.30 PM CET. Cisco Data Center Networking executive Yousuf Khan will introduce an open API approach with Data Center Networking.
The session will focus on the IT challenges of managing hyper-distributed workloads and addressing them with new capabilities designed to bring operational simplicity to network operations, transforming the way customers configure, operate, and analyze data center networking. Themes covered include cisco’s infrastructure automation strategy, sustainable energy networking etc., and interspersed with demo-based illustrations. We also have a Demo Pod in the DevNet zone where Cisco’s latest Data Center Networking innovations will be featured during the entire course of the Cisco Live event. A full hour of giveaways, happy hour and fun awaits you. Be sure to reserve this session slot in your calendar.
Additionally we have insightful DevNet Zone sessions featuring Cisco ACI, HashiCorp Terraform and RedHat Ansible, and do not miss Shreyas Srish’s DEVLIT-2829 to learn how to easily manage and translate a large Ansible based ACI infrastructure configuration to a Terraform configuration with associated state.
Cisco Data Center Networking leader Jayakrishna Mada is delivering a session DEVNET-1417 jointly with RedHat Ansible, focusing on RedHat event driven automation with Cisco Nexus Dashboard.
Cisco Live distinguished champion Quinn Snyder is a prominent speaker in the DevNet Zone. His session DEVNET-2423 adds more excitement to Terraform enthusiasts. Quinn is ready to enlighten attendees about how Cisco Modeling Labs (CML), Terraform, and some open tooling can help you build a continuous-delivery (CI/CD) pipeline right from your source code manager of choice, with full change records as part of our pull-request (PR) workflows. And there are many more on the menu around programmability and automation in DevNet zone this year.
Check the session catalog for your specific interests.
Choose your own adventure with breakout sessions
To your heart’s delight is how I will describe Cisco technical breakout sessions. Yes, we have hundreds of breakout sessions from industry recognized experts at the show. Cisco ACI, Nexus Dashboard, infrastructure-as-code and other Data Center Networking breakouts feature prominently.
With the growing emphasis on DevOps and Infrastructure as Code (IaC), automation toolchains like Terraform and Ansible, we offer more sessions this year, and mark IaC expert Shreyas Srish’s session DEVLIT-2829 on your calendar. Another technical advocate and IaC expert Quinn Snyder, is hosting DEVNET-2423 and a few others featuring Terraform, Docker, Kubernetes technologies.
Get hands on in the World of Solutions
The World of Solutions (WOS) is your opportunity to explore the broader Cisco Partner Ecosystem, find answers to your specific networking challenges, and hear the unique perspective of Cisco engineers and partners. Get into the center of the Cisco Live action! Here’s what you’ll find in the World of Solutions: Join us for our welcome reception on Tuesday, Feb 6, at 6.00 PM, and connect with fellow attendees and Cisco partners to help us celebrate the opening day of the World of Solutions with music, food, and drinks.
Don’t miss the keynotes and innovation sessions
At the outset, I would recommend that you attend all keynotes to gather insights and strategies from Cisco Executives. Keynotes and Innovation showcase provide insight into our latest innovations and strategic direction. With compelling innovation, the power of IT, and a focus on meaningful impact for our communities, businesses can drive change and leave a lasting impact for generations to come.
Innovation Talks highlight new innovations and best practices on solutions and services. I strongly recommend innovation session INTGRN-1008, featuring Cisco executive leader Denise Lee on the topic “Accelerating your journey to Net Zero with Sustainable Solutions” to learn how Cisco’s portfolio integrates with a comprehensive ecosystem to deliver innovative solutions to support a reduction in energy consumption while meeting regulatory standards.
We also have innovation sessions featuring Security, IoT, Enterprise Networking and many other hot topics. Make sure to check them out.
Connect with your peers
As a Cisco Live attendee, you benefit from the opportunity to interact with your peers, Cisco staff and partner technical experts in both structured and informal settings. Our Welcome Reception and Customer Appreciation Event are the highlights of the week’s social calendar. Get ready to be entertained at the Cisco Live Celebration event, Thursday, 6:30 PM, where we celebrate all of you, our customers and partners, with live music, food, and drinks. We hope to see you there!