Wow – so Day 2 of Cisco Live Europe (#CLEUR) 2018 was BUSY! Â There were keynotes, there were presentations, there were meetings … oh … and I won a prize!
Stick with me – this post could be long!
Tuesday 30/Jan/2018 sawÂ #CLEUR move into full swing, and it wouldn’t be launch day without a keynote speech!
The layout of the hallÂ was different to VMworld 2017 Europe -Â conference attendees walked into the room via the stage that was later used forÂ presenting. Â There was also a walkway to a platform which was usedÂ really well toÂ bring the presenters into the middle of the room.
Watching people enter this way gave you an idea just how many people were attending this year – it was a full house!
There were a few themes fromÂ the presenters who kept the audience entertained while we waited for the keynote to kick off – to my mind, done in the style of a sports event, with main a presenter, and a couple of roaming presenters – kinda fun!:
- Cisco’s “Smart Cities” programme with Barcelona
- â€œPersonaâ€™s Sessionsâ€ – people interviewed on the big screen
- Faster delivery
- Costing less
- Better user experience
- Looking to free up people so that they can concentrate on â€œwhatâ€™s going to happenâ€ rather than â€œwhatâ€™s happeningâ€
The keynote was kicked off and hosted byÂ RowanÂ Trollope – Cisco EMEARÂ Senior Vice President and General Manager of Cisco’s Applications.
Predictions of the Future
Rowan took us through a fascinating vision ofÂ the future. Â Making a number of predictions over the next 30 years – from driverless taxi’s, to job titles in LinkedIn that don’t even exists yet, toÂ permanent bases on Mars. Â What was amazing to hear was howÂ innovations and technology that is being researched “today” can lead rapidly to fascinate these later, bolder, predictions!
Rowan continued withÂ a presentation of Cisco’s strategy – and the emerging “Age of Intelligence”, and how Cisco is aligned to privideÂ aÂ â€œSecure, Intelligent Platform for Digital Businessâ€. Â There were 5 pillars to this message:
- Security is foundational
- Reinvent the network
- Embrace a multi cloud work
- Unlock the Power of Data
- Connecting Everything and Everyone
Reinventing the Network
Having taken us through Cisco’s strategy forecast, Rowan introducedÂ David Goeckeler – Executive Vice President, and General Manager for Networking and Security.
David took us through Cisco’s message of “Reinvent the Network” – introducing us to a theme that has resonated in all of the sessions I’ve been into these last few days -Â intent … the concept of “Intent-based Networking”.
It was during David’s presentation on “Leveraging Context” that we sawÂ three new announcements:
- DNA Center Assurance
- Meracki Wireless Health
- Cisco Network Assurance Engine
These products compliment and enhance their existing product portfolio in the automated discover, analytics, and reporting of problems. Â I will beÂ interesting, over the next couple of days, toÂ see if this message evolves from simply the “automatedÂ detection”, to “automated remediation”. Â IÂ would like to see how a problem is automatically flagged to the attention of an engineer, rather than it being highlighted when doing a deep-dive analysis. Â I don’t doubt it’s there, I just didn’t see it in theÂ very brief demo that we saw. Â What I saw – I liked though!
I then had the privilege of joining the Partner keynote, hosted by Wendy Mars, Vice President EMEAR Partner Organisation and Digital Acceleration Team. Â Along with a number of otherÂ presenters, there were a few topics that really piqued my interest.
First was a commentÂ on the “critical importance of hardware in a rapidly increasingly software defined world” (not a direct quote, that was what I wrote down!). Â Given myÂ intensive work on the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities, this was an interesting observationsÂ to me.
The other presentation that really interested me was theÂ topic of the future of the Â System Engineer, and how these professional roles are evolving, and need to evolve, to match not just current, but also predicted trends in technology and delivery. Â Again, a topic very close to my heart, and one I should really blog about soon 🙂 #noteToSelf
The afternoon then continued with sessions on security, and also on Cisco’s UCS platform, one of the key areas of interest for me coming to Cisco Live!
In the evening, I again joined Alan and Edvard from Cisco for dinner along with a number of my IBM colleagues. Â What I love about IBM is that despite the VAST number of people in our organisation,Â the world really is very small – affording me the chance to meet withÂ Krzysztof Kosicki – one of our CCIE qualified network engineers from Poland, who had been helping me on a recent Technical Health Check that I led!
And a surprise …
So thereÂ isÂ a Selfie competition at Cisco Live … so I submitted my entry:
Imagine my surprise when I walked out of dinner, back into mobile phone reception, to find out that I HAD WON the competition! So. Excited.
Day 3 will include me picking up my prize!