Cisco Live 2019 and TechField Day in Review

Losing your phone in a cab isn’t the best way to kick off Tech Field Day Extra at Cisco Live US 2019. Luckily for Nico Stein, the rest of the even was a much better experience. The Cisco Arrival Tweet Up, Cisco Champions behind the scenes tour, and Tech Field Day Extra presentations by the likes of Fred Niehaus and Dave Zacks helped to still make it a great event.


Cross Pollinating Catalyst Platforms With NetBeez

Containers are the new way to build software that can run anywhere. That’s especially true if you’re wanting to run software on a Cisco Catalyst Switch. Tom Hollingsworth takes a look at how NetBeez is leveraging this capability to bring their exciting analytics solution to the platform.


Cisco Defense Orchestrator: Effective Security Policy Management Made Simple

Bruno Wollmann looks at how Cisco Defense Orchestrator offers some overdue respite to beleaguered security operations teams as well as comfort to CISOs, CIOs and CEOs trying to keep their organizations out of the news. If you are struggling with configuration management, device upgrades and overall security policy management, CDO may help end those struggles.


Code It, Don’t Snippet

As Cisco presses DevNet Ops for network engineers, they had courses for every ability at Cisco Live in San Diego. Brian Gleason looked at a session covering the fundamental tools of coding with REST APIs. Be sure to check out the rest of the video presentations from Tech Field Day Extra at Cisco Live US 2019 for more great content.


Remote Access Amazement With Opengear

Is the stress of remote out-of-band management starting to affect the way your organization deploys? Tired of being told to get on a plane to fly out and fix a failed installation? Tom Hollingsworth takes a look at what Opengear showed off at Tech Field Day Extra at Cisco Live US 2019 and their new NetOps-style Lighthouse system. See how it can help streamline your remote deployments and be amazed and the way you can utilize industry standard tools to create resilient monitoring systems.


Cisco WiFi 6 and the New Cisco Catalyst Access Points

In this post, Nico Stein looks at the new Wi-Fi 6 specific features found on the Cisco Catalyst Access Points. He got a deep dive into the latest on this during Tech Field Day Extra at Cisco Live US 2019 from the inimitable Fred Niehaus. Overall Nico sees Wi-Fi 6 being more about efficiency than about maximizing throughput, something he saw reiterated in Cisco’s latest.


Software Defining Industrial and IoT Networks

The Internet of Things (IoT) often gets represented as consumer grade cameras, sensors, thermostats, and appliances. While this certainly is a notable portion of the IoT market, it neglects the more mission-critical side of IoT which has its roots firmly planted in the heart of industrial networking. In this post, Jordan Martin takes a look at the new products he saw at Tech Field Day Extra from Cisco Live US 2019 that focus specifically on those use cases.


Cisco AI Network Analytics – Filtering Out the Noise With Machine Learning

At Cisco Live 2019 in San Diego, JP Vasseur, PhD and Cisco Fellow, introduced Cisco’s machine learning platform, which will provide insight via DNA Center Assurance, into how a network is expected to be operating as a baseline, and provide relevant alerts based on real network data, leveraging a massive data lake, and Cisco’s proven expertise in networking. Rob Coote got a deep dive on the platform at Tech Field Day Extra at Cisco Live US 2019, and digs into it in this post.


Modern Analytics Can Come From Anywhere

After seeing Cisco Meraki present at Tech Field Day Extra at Cisco Live US 2019, Aaron Conaway considers the possibilities of being able to integrate cameras with systems like badge readers. This would allow for really extraordinary things like sending the security team a video of a developer trying to get places he should be going. Or, perhaps, the camera can be smart enough to know that an event is happening and do something about it.What if we looked at security cameras in a completely different light? What if the camera becomes something else? Enter the Cisco Meraki Motion Search 2.0 software features for MV cameras. This package takes video to another level for the second-generation MV cameras.


Cisco Defense Orchestrator

Cisco Defense Orchestrator (CDO) is a subscription-based SaaS offering that brings deployment and management of edge security policies on an array of devices under central control. Jody Lemoine  got a look at CDO at Tech Field Day Extra at Cisco Live Us 2019. He takes an in-depth look in this piece.


The Development of DevNet’s Future

It may not have happened overnight, but Cisco has successfully developed a developer community around their SDN solutions with DevNet. Tom Hollingsworth attended some of the earliest session, and has been impressed with how it has grown. To really go to the next level, Tom things they need to aggressively pursue entry-level outreach, motivating everyone in the networking field to join them in the software-defined future.


Cisco Meraki MV – Making the Case for Intelligent Video Surveillance

Traditional video surveillance systems and IP networks go together like chunky peanut butter on a tuna fish sandwich. Jonathan Davis looks at the decisions Cisco Meraki made when it decided to build security cameras, fully aware of the classic problems. They weren’t content to increment on the existing solutions available on the market and add it to their dashboard. He got the full details at Meraki’s presentation during Tech Field Day Extra at Cisco Live US 2019.


Viavi Enterprises, Performance Vision

Brian Gleason attended Tech Field Day Extra at Cisco Live US 2019. Cisco Live is always a packed event, but we love the opportunity to provide focused technical presentations and create conversations in all the typical event cacophany. This year, Viavi was a presenter, and demonstrated how they track client-server transactions on the network to monitor end-user experience via passive data collection. According to Brian, it was one of the best presentations of the event.


Meraki’s Eye in the Sky

Meraki may be the last name you think of when it comes to security cameras. But the engineering effort put into their line of on-premises security devices is very impressive. Tom Hollingsworth takes a look at a couple of their new offerings that they showed at Tech Field Day Extra at Cisco Live US 2019 and gives his perspective on how Meraki sees the world.


Meraki in the Middle – Smart Security Cameras

John Herbert got to hear from Cisco Meraki during Tech Field Day Extra at Cisco Live US 2019. The company detailed their new second generation MV security cameras, which John sees as a entering into a new market for the company. These fall somewhere in the middle between consumer cloud-managed cameras and high end centrally managed enterprise one. In terms of features and quality, Meraki’s cameras approach the high end, but with the same underlying cloud-managed simplicity with which it has approached wireless, switching and security. For John, the new lineup looks “really neat”.


Cisco Live 2019 – a Whirlwind of Networking Goodness

It was great to have Amy Arnold as a delegate at Tech Field Day Extra at Cisco Live US 2019. At the event, NetBeez’s presentation really stood out to her. She’s long been impressed by the monitoring company, and with their recently announced integration with Cat9K switches, there’s even more utility in their solution. Overall it was a busy event for her, but one with a lot of networking goodness.


HyperConverged for Containers? Cool Concept!

While at Cisco Live US 2019, Matt Leib attended a few Tech Field Day Extra presentations. One was from Cisco, where they highlighted HyperFlex product using Kubernetes and the Anthos management platform. For Matt, the dream of true multi-cloud, with the ability to move actual containers from location to location, requires a proper management layer. This is what Anthos offers to users. He still has some questions about the approach, but HCI for containers certainly has a nice ring to it.


CiscoLive and Security Field Day

Evan Mintzer is having a busy couple of weeks. While he didn’t attend Cisco Live US 2019 this year, he was named as the best remote attendee for the second consecutive year. This week, he’s physically headed out to Silicon Valley to attend Security Field Day. We’re excited to hear what he thinks of the presentations. Be sure to follow #XF2 on Twitter to stay up on all the social posts from the event.


Viavi Enterprise Provides Unexpected Network Insights

John Herbert takes a look at Viavi’s Observer products, which he heard about in depth at Tech Field Day Extra at Cisco Live US 2019. This includes Gigastor which can capture packets at line rate and retain the raw packet data, GigaFlow which ingests flow data from sources for analysis, and Apex that unifies the other solutions into a single digestible interface. For John, the combinations offers huge value to network and security operations.


How Cisco Live! Changed My Career…

With Cisco Live US happening this week, Justin Cohen is thinking back to how the event changed his career. He’s been attending since 2012, and got to know the community after meeting Tom Hollingsworth there. Things changed after 2016, when he got invited to Networking Field Day. Today, Justin is working as an Innovation Architect at Cisco, his dream job. It’s been a long journey centered around the event.