Cisco Live 2023 Highlights- Opengear & LightHouse Enterprise!

Girard Kavelines recently attended Cisco Live 2023 and had the opportunity to learn about Opengear’s networking solutions. Opengear is a leader in Out of Band Management (OOB) solutions, providing hardware and software for visibility into networks without downtime. Their new product, LightHouse Enterprise, offers simplicity, security, and immediate access to network devices across multiple data centers and the edge. I highly recommend checking out Opengear’s booth and experiencing their commitment to resiliency firsthand.


Tech Field Day Extra- Automating & Securing With BackBox!

According to Girard Kavelines, BackBox is the ultimate automation solution that every organization needs to streamline their infrastructure and improve security. With over 2,000 pre-configured automations and scalability for any need, BackBox simplifies networking tasks and ensures timely updates. By leveraging BackBox, organizations can have the equivalent of a dedicated DevOps team to automate workflows and achieve guaranteed results. Check out their presentations at Networking Field Day and Cisco Live to learn more about their powerful features and capabilities.


Out-Of-Band Management – Useful Beyond Catastrophe

Aaron Conaway reflects on his participation in Tech Field Day Extra at Cisco Live, where he learned about Opengear’s out-of-band (OOB) management solutions. While traditionally used for catastrophic events, Opengear discussed how OOB gear can also be utilized for provisioning, device configuration, and monitoring purposes. This expanded functionality enhances day-to-day operations and remote troubleshooting capabilities, making an investment in OOB networks worth considering. Read more at Aaron’s blog!


Fast-Tracking Decision Making and Incident Response With Cisco’s Secure Network Analytics and XDR

The relentless onslaught of cyberattacks has made it amply clear that the appropriate countermeasure is a stringent routine of intelligently devised and religiously enforced practices. Cisco makes the path from observation to action short and speedy with Cisco Secure Network Analytics and the new Cisco XDR. Secure Network Analytics (SNA) serves as a collector and aggregator of network telemetry, providing broad security analytics, while XDR collects telemetry from various sources and analyzes it to identify threats and incidents. Together, these solutions streamline data processing, enhance threat detection, and enable prompt response, making high-security standards a priority. Read the review at Gestalt IT or watch the demo here at the website.


Designing a Lossless AI/ML Network With Cisco Data Center Networking Blueprint

Cisco presented the Cisco Data Center Networking Blueprint for AI/ML Applications, a detailed and instructive handbook on AI/ML network, at the recent Tech Field Day event. The document decodes the strict requirements of modern AI/ML workloads, and provides a blueprint for building a high-performing AI/ML network. Cisco’s Nexus 9000 Series switches offer high throughput, low latency, and congestion management features necessary for AI/ML applications, including RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE) in network transport. Read about it at Gestalt IT or watch the presentation here at Tech Field Day.


Achieving a Consistent Policy Across Enterprise With Cisco Security Group Tag

A common policy across products and use cases can cut the chaos and solve the challenges of policy management in enterprises. Cisco’s Security Group Tag enables a central policy control, allowing teams to collaborate more effectively, and put up a strong front against cyber threats. Cisco’s approach to bridging policy islands through context sharing and the use of Security Group Tag (SGT) are described as effective solutions for centralized policy control, interoperability, and cost benefits. Read about it at Gestalt IT or watch the demo on the website.


Cisco Live 2023 Review

Cisco Live must have been a load of fun! That’s what we take away from this article by Eric Stewart as he reflects on the event. He also shares his experience with the Tech Field Day presentations and highlights the importance of the social aspect of Cisco Live and being able to connect with friends. We’ll be watching for more from Eric soon!


Thwarting Malicious Cyberattacks With the New Lightspin CNAPP From Cisco

In this Gestalt IT article, Sulagna Saha discusses Cisco’s cloud security solution, Lightspin CNAPP, and its capabilities in protecting microservices applications from vulnerabilities and malicious cyberattacks. Saha highlights the complex nature of microservices applications and the need for layered security across development and runtime phases. She explains how Lightspin CNAPP, with its graph database technology and comprehensive scanning capabilities, can identify vulnerabilities, correlate events, and provide remediation recommendations. The article also mentions the recent acquisition of Lightspin Technologies by Cisco and provides a link to watch Cisco’s demo of Lightspin CNAPP.


Cisco Rolls Out Industrial Ethernet Catalyst Switches for the Most Rugged Outdoor Deployments

Outdoor industrial environments can be harsh to enterprise switching and wireless equipment that are most suited to work in controlled indoor settings. That’s why Cisco has launched a new set of weather-proof industrial ethernet switches that are built to provide speedy connectivity in the most unfriendly locations. Read about the Cisco Catalyst IE9300 Rugged Series at Gestalt IT or watch the demo here at the website.


Drilling Down Into the Invisible Parts of the Network With ThousandEyes

Uninterrupted visibility is no longer a privilege, but an absolute essential in today’s digital scene. ThousandEyes eliminates obscurity, bringing transparency and observability into the most complex IT environments, thus unlocking accelerated innovation. Read about the platform’s new capabilities at Gestalt IT, or watch the presentation on the website.


Out-Of-Band Management for Day 0, Day 1 and Day 2 Operations With Opengear Smart OOB

Opengear’s Smart Out-of-Band (OOB) solution is expanding and capable of serving customers for everyday use cases instead of just emergency scenarios. Opengear initially focused on console server access and sideline OOB management, providing features like Lighthouse software that offers centralized management for all Opengear appliances and deployed resources. The company’s Smart OOB provides reliable connectivity and a management plane for deployment, automation, and troubleshooting, and their enhancement, Routed Management Fabric, creates an overlay that enables routed IP access based on industry standards for people outside the serial space. Learn more by reading this article on Gestalt IT.


Infusing Automation in EveryDay Networking Tasks With BackBox

Tech Field Day Extra at Cisco Live included a presentation from BackBox, which demonstrated its differentiated automation platform that simplifies day-to-day networking use cases involving upgrades, network configurations, and more. Additional features include 2300 pre-built scripts, hundreds of pre-configured automation blocks, hyperintelligent automation, and a rollback option in case of a failed update. This article from Gestalt IT goes into more detail on the BackBox solution.


Announcements From Cisco Live

In this episode of the Gestalt IT Rundown, Stephen Foskett and Jeff Ton discuss significant developments in the IT sector, including the recent Cisco Live event, which unveiled several new solutions for network management, Secure Service Edge, observability, and Panoptica, which offers end-to-end lifecycle protection for cloud native applications.


Excitement in the Air With Tech Field Day Extra at Cisco Live US 2023

Tech Field Day Extra returns to Cisco Live US 2023, featuring presentations from Cisco as well as Opengear and BackBox, streaming live on June 6 and 7. Tuesday begins with Opengear, followed by Cisco Enterprise, ThousandEyes, and Security. Wednesday features a presentation from BackBox and more presentations Cisco focused on IoT, Cloud and Compute, and Secure Policy. Check out the live stream on LinkedIn and the Tech Field Day website!


Cisco Live 2023- Tech Field Day Extra- Event Preview

Girard Kavelines is getting excited for an in-person Cisco Live event, not to mention that Tech Field Day will be there. The event will include two-action-packed days, with presentations and demos from a host of well-known vendors. These will include Opengear and BackBox, both of whom will present their latest products and services to delegates. And of course there will be hours of deep dives into the latest from Cisco!


Cisco Live 2023- Lets Go to Vegas Baby!

Girard Kavelines shares his excitement and anticipation for Cisco Live 2023, an event that he describes as “Disneyland for IT professionals.” This post highlights the possibilities this event presents for networking and connecting with talented individuals from all around the world, in-person learning opportunities and access to sessions and presentations, community engagement, and the Tech Field Day exclusive event. He also discusses the personal significance of attending the event as a symbol of his own professional and personal growth. Girard encourages others to register for the event, pack up, and get ready for an unforgettable experience!