Tune in for Tech Field Day Exclusive at Cisco Live Global 2021

Be sure to tune in for Tech Field Day Exclusive at Cisco Live Global 2021! We will jump right into the Cisco discussions on April 13th and 14th. If you miss the live presentations, you can watch the videos that will be uploaded to the Tech Field Day YouTube channel shortly after! You can also follow along on Twitter using the hashtag #TFDx or #CiscoLive. Learn more in this post and video from our very own, Tom Hollingsworth!

Cisco AI Endpoint Analytics Brings Intelligence to Classifying and Profiling Endpoints

During AI Field Day last fall, Cisco showcased its AI Endpoint Analytics, which is a part of the Cisco DNA Center. This has the intelligence to classify and profile endpoints with AI/ML to reduce unknown endpoints and provide better security. For more information, check out the videos of Cisco at AI Field Day on our website!

Cisco Live Global 2021 Keynote Liveblog

It’s Cisco Live time again! Stephen Foskett and Tom Hollingsworth are live blogging the Cisco Live keynote. Head over to GestaltIT.com to check it out!

Tom’s Virtual Corner at Cisco Live Global 2021 – Anniversary

Cisco Live has decided to go virtual again this year, and so has Tom’s Corner! Last summer, Tom Hollingsworth had made Tom’s Corner virtual for the first time due to the pandemic. This year, Tom’s Corner will be on March 29, 2021, starting at 7am PT virtually via Webex. For more information and how to join, check out Tom’s blog at NetworkingNerd.net!

Unifying SD-WAN and Edge With Cisco Catalyst 8000 Series

Hardware isn’t dead! Writing for GestaltIT.com, Tom Hollingsworth says that the new Cisco Catalyst 8000 series edge devices have shown us how hardware can stay relevant in today’s tech world. Tom writes that the Cisco Catalyst 8000 provides “a platform at the edge to create networks, deploy containerized software, and manage it all from a central location.” At Tech Field Day last year, Cisco highlighted their new products like the Catalyst 8000. Check out the Cisco presentation from Tech Field Day 22 and Tom’s take on it on the Gestalt IT post.

Translating Your Network With Cisco Crosswork Network Controller

Cisco presented its Cisco Crosswork Network Controller at Networking Field Day last fall. Tom Hollingsworth takes a look at this networking solution and states: “In short, the Crosswork Network Controller helps make your multivendor network environment homogeneous.” For more information and Tom’s thoughts, check out his post on GestaltIT.com!

Cisco Tetration Helps Keep Security From Getting Left Behind

Most technology companies are simultaneously dealing with two competing priorities: the need to move quickly in development and the need ensure to your projects are completely secure. Writing for GestaltIT.com, Tom Hollingsworth says that the Cisco Tetration analytics platform can help you do both by helping creating and enforcing policy for app developers. Check out Tom’s thoughts on Cisco’s Tetration offering and how to “shift left” in your organization on the GestaltIT.com website.

FlashStack Brings Simplicity and Flexibility to VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF)

Picking between simplicity, flexibility, and performance on the VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) is a thing of the past. With their FlashStack Converged Infrastructure, Pure Storage is changing the game. They showcased how FlashStack (a joint offering between Pure Storage and Cisco) brings simplicity to an on-premises VCF deployment while at Tech Field Day Extra at VMworld 2020. Check out the Gestalt IT team’s thoughts on the offering on their website, and if you haven’t yet be sure to watch Pure Storage’s Vaughn Stewart tell the Tech Field Day delegates about the newest developments on our website!

Cisco’s HyperFlex Gets a Boost

Cisco highlighted its updated HyperFlex at Storage Field Day in August. Cisco’s HyperFlex 4.5 comes with new capabilities and validated workloads. This new HyperFlex also allows customers to turn different ‘knobs’, including HyperFlex Boost Mode. Find out more in Cisco’s presentation on its updated HyperFlex on the Tech Field Day website!

Cisco Introduces HyperFlex 4.5

As a delegate at Storage Field Day earlier this year, Dan Frith had the chance to see Cisco introduce Hyperflex 4.5. He writes that “HyperFlex has taken a solid foundation and turned it into something even more versatile and fully featured.” Dan looks forward to seeing more from Cisco on Hyperflex in the next year, and we look forward to seeing more Dan Frith! Be sure to check out his blog for more analysis on Cisco and all the Storage Field Day presenters.

How to Evaluate AI-Enhanced Analytical Tools

Writing for 24×7 IT Connection, Gina Rosenthal analyzes some of the AI-enhacned analytical tools presented by vendors at AI Field Day where she was a delegate. In her post, Gina reviews some of these AI-powered networking tools and provides recommendations for how to evaluate them. Specifically, she writes about Juniper’s Marvis Virtual Network Assistant as well as the AIOps from Aruba, and suggests that it’s important to do your homework before moving forward with utilizing AI!

Ending Wireless Eavesdropping With Wi-Fi Enhanced Open and Cisco

Ever wonder how secure public WiFi networks are? Writing for GesaltIT.com, Tom Hollingsworth focuses on how Mobility Field Day presenter Cisco is combatting security concerns on publicly available WiFi networks including with their “Wi-Fi Enhanced Open” offering. Next time you’re using your coffee shop internet, remember that Cisco is working to make your connection that little bit more secure.

Cisco Sets Sights on Converged Infrastructure

Cisco is investing in its presence in the converged infastructure space and highlighted their efforts at Storage Field Day earlier this year. On GestaltIT.com, Georgina Ford writes that “Cisco is working on streamlining and improving ease-of-use in the converged infrastructure space, and one of those innovations is building a marketplace approach to stacker technology.” Check out Georgina’s thoughts on Cisco’s latest focus on the Gestalt IT website!

Security Field Day 4 – A Quick Virtual Hit of Security

It was great to have delegate Ed Horley back at Security Field Day earlier this year! On his blog, Ed previews his participation in Security Field Day including Cisco’s presentation. If you haven’t yet, be sure to check out the Tech Field Day website for all the videos from Cisco’s presentations!

Storage Field Day and the Direction of Travel

The presenters at Storage Field Day in August had a concrete understanding of what practitioners actually want and need. Or so says Paul Stringfellow, one of our twelve delegates who attended the virtual event. He writes summaries of the great work being done and information presented by Nebulon, Qumulo, Cisco, and Intel, and notes how each sponsor is listening to the needs of IT professionals everywhere. Check out the presentations from each of these companies on the Tech Field Day website!

Security Field Day 4 – Cisco Security Update – Tetration All the Things

Cisco’s Tetration, a hybrid-cloud workload protection platform that was showcased at Security Field Day 4 caught the attention of Ed Horley. Ed is a Security Field Day 4 delegate, co-chair of the California IPv6 Task Force, author, and blogger. His honest analysis of the system raises some interesting questions about Tetration. We are interested to see further developments from Cisco on its platform.

Network Field Day 23 Overview, or Throw Out Your Net Management Tools, They’re Obsolete!

There is a network management revolution going on, and legacy systems are no longer going to cut it. Airvine, Apstra, Arista, Boradcom, Catchpoint, Cisco, Intel, IP Fabric, Juniper Networks and Path Solutions came together at Network Field Day 23 to showcase how each of their products is making waves in the network management space. Peter Welcher, Network Field Day 23 delegate and tech expert came to the conclusion that it is time to modernize company’s network management tools, or die, based on what he saw at the event.

XFD4 – Cisco Tetration

Remi Philippe, Rob Tappenden, and Tim Garner of Cisco revealed the secrets behind their Tetration holistic workload protection for multicloud datacenters during their presentation at Security Field Day 4. Michael Davis delves deeper into their presentation and investigates how it really works, and provides value to organizations.

The Spatial Streams Podcast: Episode 17: The JJ Xperience

On the latest episode of the Spatial Streams podcast with Tech Field Day delegate John Deegan and Landon Foster, they are joined by delegate JJ Minella to talk about their takeaways from this past Mobility Field Day and their thoughts on industry events going virtual. Check out their takeaways for presenters Ventev, Mist, and Cisco as well as all the Mobility Field Day videos on our website!

How to Return to Business as Fast as Possible in a COVID World

Haydn Andrews saw the presentations from the last Mobility Field Day and was very impressed with the focus that Cisco and Juniper – Mist placed on helping businesses be better equipped to deal with COVID-19. Haydn writes that through creative utilizations of proximity tracing these companies empower businesses to create safer environments and get back to work more quickly after a potential issue.
We’re hopeful that the innovative solutions presented by Cisco and Juniper – Mist at Mobility Field Day have the potential to help us all return to normal a little bit sooner.