Day 5 of Cisco Live 2015

June 12, 2015 at 2:57 am

What an incredible day at the conference! The first highlight – the NetVet Luncheon with John Chambers (exiting CEO) and Chuck Robbins (entering CEO). Chatted with an incredibly talented group before a killer Q and A with Jon and Chuck.




More great sessions today (I will not bore you with pics), and I will be posting great notes for you on the HOTTEST Cisco topics covered this week. IMHO. Next up was the Customer Appreciation Event. Boom! Can you say Aerosmith? My dearest friends and some great classic rock. Yes, I did have to suffer through Dude Looks Like a Lady, but still incredibly entertaining overall.

The StormWind dream team!


Day 4 of Cisco Live 2015

June 10, 2015 at 5:09 pm

The big highlights for me on Day 4 were the World of Solutions, the Cisco Press store, the VIRL meetup, and the evening parties!

IMG_0706The World of Solutions is such a great chance to explore exciting new technology from Cisco and many, many other companies and catch up with old friends like the Boson booth. Of course I also had to meet CCIE Trainer and dear friend Narbik of Micronics.

IMG_0708I love hanging out at the Cisco Press store with the incredible employees of Pearson. Brett Bartow and I are are very close friends, and it is so great to catch up with students there.



The VIRL meetup was so killer. It was great to meet the team face to face, get a demo of the amazing new Summer features for the product, and to get a killer new T shirt.


The Cisco Press author reception at the Tipsy Crow was killer as usual. The CCIE Party was super quiet again this year I thought, but at least there was excellent food. 🙂

I will be sure to share the session information for the week in my final posts, so keep following!


Day 3 of Cisco Live 2015

June 9, 2015 at 4:50 pm

The final John Chambers keynote was the highlight of Day 3. Of course, it was no surprise to find my dear friend Kevin Wallace sitting in the front row of the NetVet section. What was an incredible surprise was the rock band OK GO opening the keynote with a three song session that sounded amazing.

John Chambers spoke for about 45 minutes and highlighted the speed at which companies are failing today if they do not adopt “fast IT” and push harder with new technologies. Ubur and Air B&B were pointed to as companies that are really technology companies that are changing their industries.

As usual, his keynote was pretty riveting. It was incredibly sad to realize it is the last. Although, it was great to hear how John Chambers is still remaining with Cisco in other capacities.

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Day 2 of Cisco Live 2015

June 8, 2015 at 4:54 pm

This day was all about socializing with old friends – and brand new friends!

Keith also performed an amazing hypnotism show in his hotel suite overlooking the city. It was incredible!

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Cisco Live San Diego 2015

June 7, 2015 at 6:28 pm

It has begun! Another fun filled, educational Cisco Live. This one, nestled in the beautiful city of San Diego.

If you could not attend this year,have no fear – i will keep you posted about all the action. I will be sure to take notes for you in all the keynotes – and of course I will post plenty of great photographs.

Rohit Pardasani (ACIT), Anthony Sequeira, Jason Gooley (Cisco), Keith Barker

Rohit Pardasani (ACIT), Anthony Sequeira, Jason Gooley (Cisco), Keith Barker