Well I’ve been home for a week now and I’m now back into the normal work routine. I already miss Ciscolive, but I will say that this was one of the best events I have had the privilege to participate in. The folks that bring Ciscolive together did an outstanding job as always. Here’s my brief recap of the highlights of the event.
The Keynote with John Chambers
This years keynote was another great keynote with John Chambers doing his thing. What could make things even better? Security got a ton of love this year. Finally. I tweeted during the session about it, but I have to say I was very impressed. I am happy with the acquisitions Cisco has made (SourceFire) and I like the direction they are heading. I do want to see more about how security fits into the new ACI stuff though.
On thought I have been mulling around is what’s going on with John Chambers in terms of retirement? I heard rumors from a few people that 2 years ago he said he was staying for 2 more years, and his keynote speech ended with a “Peace Out!” I don’t want to speculate on whether this will be his last year or not, but I really hope not. I appreciate his leadership and would like to see him hang around for a few more years at the helm.
It’s always a highlight for me to network with peers. This year was special for me. I finally had an opportunity to meet my co-author, Vivek Santuka. I also met up with so many others that I wouldn’t even know where to start with listing them. It was THE BIGGEST HIGHLIGHT OF THE EVENT for me. I think that this might be the case for a large number of us. Being able to talk in person with friends we interact with on twitter day in and day out is invaluable. It really shows us that we are part of a global community. It still doesn’t cease to amaze me.
I became a Cisco Champion! My good friend Tony pulled me into the group and what I found surprised me. This is a very cool group of people that I can’t believe I haven’t spent more time getting to know. Cisco has invested time and effort into the Champions and gone so far as to scheduled special presentation for the Champions. I sat in on a presentation on CML and while I think we ended up getting some misinformation, what I did learn has peaked my interest on the direction that Cisco is taking with the paid CML product as well as the possible “free” version, which I think might be called VIRL still. Either way, CML has some great applications whether it be POC or just prep for certification exams. Nothing compares to getting your hands on the gear.
I hate to say it, but I’m not a fan of San Francisco. Mostly because lodging is way overpriced and the neighborhood goes from good to bad in a single block We had a nice hotel and were able to walk every to Moscone every day, but I think after this trip I might be on a “Frequent Flyer” list with Uber. I can’t say enough good things about the service.
I also attended the BaconIT meetup. They had bacon. Do I need to say anything else?
The CCIE reception this year was very nice. Timid compared to the VooDoo lounge in Vegas, but over all, it was a very nice venue. The food was fantastic as well!
CCIE/DE/Netvet Luncheon with John Chambers
The CCIE/Netvet Luncheon this year was at Jillians and it got off to a rocky start, but once the venue caught up with the masses it was very nice. It was nice to hear the group ask John the difficult questions and even more interesting to hear the responses. Here are a few photos from the event:
The Customer Appreciation Event
The CAE was top notch. Lenny Kravitz opened while the masses were still flowing in. The social gang had a few suites this year which show show much the presence has grown.
I have so many pics that I just couldn’t upload them all, but it was really a great trip. If you’ve never been to Ciscolive I highly recommend you attend. There is so much to be gained, and really, even though it’s not called “Networkers” anymore, that’s the big takeaway for me. Ciscolive is about networking. It’s about meeting face-to-face. Thank you @ciscolive for all your hard work!
See you next year in San Diego!