YES! It’s that time again – Cisco Live!
Since December our Network Operations Center (NOC) team has been planning, racking, staging, installing, coding, and testing the technologies we’ll be deploying for the event. As in past years, we will be in the Mandalay Bay Conference Center and extending our network into the adjacent hotels for supplemental space and activities.
This year we’ll up the game from dual 100 Gbps links to the Internet to THREE 100 Gbps links. Check out this 100 Gbps EPA module for the ASR 1009-X ready to be plugged in once we’re onsite.
Bring your network slurping apps and workloads
At our last in-person event, in the summer of 2019, we had 28,000 attendees on our 2 x 100 Gbps pipes. This time we expect the attendee count around 15,000, so we’ll have a higher effective bandwidth to user-device ratio. Pretty exciting! Bring your network slurping apps and workloads!
As for me, I focus on the network monitoring, automation and dashboarding. You developer types, like me, should appreciate that I’ve pushed hard into gRPC streaming telemetry, and much progress has been made since summer 2019. Using gRPC and NETCONF YANG models allows me to focus on the instrumentation and telemetry that’s important and putting those ‘extra special sauce’ metrics into InfluxDB and Grafana to let them do what they do best – time-series database and visualization. Here are some of the dashboards I’ve been working on.
Routing Table size monitoring
100 and 10 Gbps Optical Transceiver Power Levels
A reworked Overall WAN Consumption Dashboard (still showing meager staging data)
Interface Rate Graphs with Retro 90s LED Meters – (Woot Woot!)
A lot of tech that goes into serving an event like Cisco Live
Of course, we also have our other commercial solutions – DNA Center, Prime Network Registrar, Wireless LAN Controller, Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center, Cisco SecureX, ThousandEyes and many others. We also can’t forget our Internet Service Provider – Lumen Technologies (formerly CenturyLink) and our storage provider – NetApp, who is providing a high-performance, all-flash set of redundant storage arrays. There’s a lot of tech that goes into serving an event like Cisco Live.
Come by the DevNet Zone at Cisco Live and see our mobile, containerized data center
serving the show connectivity and our video display wall showing the stats!
I’m excited to be back with you all. I hope to see you soon in the NOC! Check out my event blogging – https://twitter.com/SNMPguy
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