10 Year CCIE – My Reflection

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How time flies – it is now over 10 years ago that I earned my Cisco CCIE R&S number of 22061.  It was the culmination of failing the lab quite a few times, trying to study as hard as I could, and had the pressure that my CCIE written prequalification was going to expire soon.  I want to do a quick post with my reflection of the CCIE, what it means to me, what it has done for me,  and what I see with it now.

When I first earned my CCIE, like many people out there I suspect, my head was bigger than my shoulders could carry and I would let everyone know that I am a CCIE.   Looking back on that I realize how much of an arse I probably sounded (and may have acted) like.  Lesson learned – just because you have a cert does not mean you need to tell everyone. My advice to you – be proud of what you have accomplished, but don’t let it get to you.  

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Juniper Nxtwork 2018 – Recap

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The other week I had the privilege of attending Juniper Nxtwork 2018 in Las Vegas, NV.   I have attended the previous two Nxtwork events (2016 and 2017) and this year’s event outdid them in every way.

What made this year’s event so much better you might ask? Well in my view it is simple – everything.  With the event being in Las Vegas it provided much more room for attendees, speakers, vendors, testing,  as well as endless evening entertainment options.   To cap off the event the closing speaker was amazing – more on this later in the post.  All in all, this year the event had over 1000 people in attendance, and that is many times over what the other years.  Being in Las Vegas there was always sufficient seating for the sessions, dining, and breaks.

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Juniper Nxtwork – Hackathon 2018

This year while at Juniper Nxtwork 2018 I had the privilege of attending the pre-event Hackathon on Tuesday, October 9th, 2018.  The goal of the Hackathon was to use, configure, and troubleshoot an SDSN environment using SaltStack.

If you are unfamiliar with SaltStack, it helps you to enable event-driven network automation.   The Salt-Master is able to monitor events and tell the Salt-Minion to take an action.  This action is defined in a json file where you are able to pass variables (log output for example) and manipulate them as required.  This was my first exposure to SaltStack and Event-Driven Automation, and I have to admit I liked it!

For attending the event you received some cool swag as can be seen below:

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