My Top 10 Things to Look Forward to at Cisco Live 2015

In Cisco Live on May 14, 2015 at 09:48



10. John Chambers Keynote

This year will mark John Chambers last Cisco Live Keynote as CEO of Cisco, ending his 20 year run in the position.  In case you may have missed the announcement, starting on July 26th, Chuck Robbins will take over as CEO.  This keynote will be John’s farewell and perhaps the welcoming of Chuck into that role.  I am looking forward to what this keynote will be, but whatever it is it should be memorable and a not-to-miss event.


9. Sessions

Sessions, sessions, sessions.  There are hundreds of sessions to choose from this year.  Have you made your selections yet –  no, then click here and get started!


8. DevNet Zone

DevNet Zone is a recent introduction at Cisco Live, but it is an important introduction.  It is a place where Developers can get together and share information, learn new topics, as well as show of what they know.  This is the place to learn about SDN and learn how you can use SDN in your position.  If you love programming, this is YOUR Cisco Live! Still not sure what DevNet is about, check out this video from Cisco Live Milan.

Juniper Networks 2015 Innovation Showcase

In Junos, Opinion, Tech Field Day on April 6, 2015 at 09:00


The other week (3/11/15) I was invited by Juniper Networks to their Sunnyvale, CA HQ location to particiapte in their 2015 Innovation Showcase.  I have participated in Tech Field Day events in the past so I had an understanding of what to expect but what Juniper did blew me away –  it turned out that this was the launch event for their new QFX10000 series switches, the Converged Supercore Architecture based on the PTX, and Express Path for their SRX5000, and ultimately their Q5 ASIC chip.


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The QFX10000 is Juniper Networks latest addition to Data Center networking and it comes with Juniper Networks latest purpose-built ASIC -the Q5. The Q5 chip enables unprecedented performance, port density, and scale as can be seen in the QFX 10000.  What is also very interesting is that the Q5 chip uses Memory Cube technology, something that is not found in merchant silicon.  The QFX10000 is a high density spine switch optimized for the Data Center (or as many call it, “the cloud.”)  How high density?  If you look at the image above you will see an image of the QFX100002–72Q switch.  Those are 72 –  40 GbE ports in that 2U switch!  That equates to 288 –  10 GbE ports! Not enough bandwidth for you?  Well, you can also order these boxes with  24 –  100 GbE QSFP28 interfaces instead!  That is some serious bandwidth options right there!  Still not enough for you? You can get these switches in a chassis design –  8–slot and 16–slot chassis options are available.  The 8–slot chassis will support up to 1152 –  10GbE ports and the 16–slot will support up to 2304 –  10GbE ports!  You can find out more about the QFX 10000 here –  JUNIPER QFX10000.  For more information on the Memory Cube / 3-D Memory technology, there is an great post by Chang-Hong Wu on the Juniper forums – 3-D Memory.

What’s in my toolbag – Update 3 – Airconsole

In Cool Tech on March 16, 2015 at 09:02

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Continuing on with the “What’s in my toolbag” series ( Original Post –  Update 1 –  Update 2 ) this week we will discuss a handy tool called Airconsole from Get Console.

There are 3 models of the Airconsole 2.0 –  Standard, Pro, and XL.  The Standard and Pro (this is the one I own) are the same device except that the Pro comes with two Private Server licenses. The XL comes with all the same features as the Pro device but includes a larger battery.   I have a license for the private server but have yet to play with that option, if you want to know more about the Private Server option you can find it at the Get-Console website here –  Private Server.

The airconsole is made up of three parts –  the airconsole device, a usb-RJ45 cable, and a Bluetooth USB dongle.  The Bluetooth USB dongle connects to the cable ( that is the white bump in the picture below). In the box you also get a micro-USB charging cable, but that is not pictured here.

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The first thing worth mentioning with the Airconsole is that fact that it has an Ethernet port on it.  What is this good for?  Well, the airconsole is also a WiFi and Bluetooth device that can come in handy for more than just console access.