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.
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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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Great post. 👍. Would love to see more about the telemetry. Just started with netconf last week, using influx and grafana to monitor some wlc data. But its a jungle (for a rookie) with all the possibilities. Also how do i be a part of the Cisco Live Noc? Seems to be awesome experience. And a lot of hard work of course 🙂
Hey there Carsten! Thanks for reading and engaging on the blog! If you haven’t seen the DevNet developer resources around telemetry, check it out…
If you’re onsite at CiscoLive, please reach out at the NOC. As far as external NOC participants we DO have Network Academy students that work with us on set-up and tear-down. If you’re still in that phase of life, maybe that’s an opportunity to work with us. Otherwise, we’re happy to share knowledge! 🙂
Telemetry guide bookmarked now. 🙂
Sadly not at Clus this year. Hopefully next year, then i will say hi, and ask a ton of questions 🙂
Arent we all, always a student ? Although i think im to old to be in the student category.
I will look more into the telemetry guide, and dont worry. Im not shy of asking questions to learn more, so i will reach out.
Really think it is something a lot of us network people should learn, so we can setup monitoring and gain more insight to our network.
Bravo Cisco and team. Again, you out do your best to set the new standard! I loved watching the NOC tour on CiscoLive virtual, and have been there in person many times.
I am also so proud of LUMEN who I work for. Delivering not one, but three 100Gbps circuits allowing for 300Gbps symmetrical connectivity is an amazing task that the professionals I work with deliver with industry leading expertise. Many of us engineers (myself included) were among the original 1st Cisco Gold Partner crew, 1st Cisco Partner Masters in multiple products, Specialist Service Provider in multiple products and have been Cisco certified professionally for over two decades now.
It has been, and currently still is an honor to work as a Partner with Cisco as we peacefully apply advanced technology to build a better world.
David Varner Senior Lead Program Manger, CPECSE, Senior Member IEEE
We definitely appreciate your partnership, Dave! It’s been reassuring to have CenturyLink, now LUMEN, there year after year.
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