Cisco Live – Cisco Events App

In Uncategorized on May 28, 2015 at 07:58


Cisco Live is coming up fast, just over a week away as I write this.

So I figured I would share some quick updates with you as you prep for the trip.

Are you on Twitter?  If you are be sure to add yourself to the Cisco Live 2015 Twitter list at Tom’s Corner – err, The Networking Nerd.

Have you installed the Cisco Events App on your iPhone/iPad or your Android based device?  No, well you should as it has everything you need for Cisco Live 2015 (plus it is free!

So what is in this app?  Here are some quick screen shots with the highlights.

For me I have this under my Cisco Apps folder, but you will be looking for an Icon called Cisco Events.

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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.


QFX 10000



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.