Getting Ready for Networking Field Day 6 (NFD6)

Carole Warner Reece

I was happy to accept an invitation from Tom and Stephen at Gestalt It to participate at the upcoming Network Field Day 6 (NFD6) on Sept 11-13. I have previously followed some of the live streaming videos as well as blogs from some of the technical delegates.

I am now looking forward to learning about new technologies and products first hand, getting some specific questions answered directly by the vendor presenters, and learning from the other participants.

In preparation for NFD6, I’ve started researching NFD6’s sponsors:

If you follow the Tech Field Day series, you may notice that this time around, that there are some new-to-NFD and smaller vendors are participating. (That is part of the reason I am researching the sponsors!) If you have specific questions as well, you can either post them as a comment for me, or better yet you can follow the presentations as well. Live streaming video will be provided at during the event – I understand that you can even submit questions for the presenters!

I am also quite interested in the Software Defined Data Center Symposium on Sept 10. I’ve been taking to Terry Slattery about SDN for the last couple of months, and I am quite interested in what the SDDC sessions will cover. The SDDC sponsors include:

Please check back for my views on the sessions!

— cwr

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Nick Kelly

Cybersecurity Engineer, Cisco

Nick has over 20 years of experience in Security Operations and Security Sales. He is an avid student of cybersecurity and regularly engages with the Infosec community at events like BSides, RVASec, Derbycon and more. The son of an FBI forensics director, Nick holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice and is one of Cisco’s Fire Jumper Elite members. When he’s not working, he writes cyberpunk and punches aliens on his Playstation.


Virgilio “BONG” dela Cruz Jr.

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Field Solutions Architect, Tech Data

Virgilio “Bong” has sixteen years of professional experience in IT industry from academe, technical and customer support, pre-sales, post sales, project management, training and enablement. He has worked in Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC) as a member of the WAN and LAN Switching team. Bong now works for Tech Data as the Field Solutions Architect with a focus on Cisco Security and holds a few Cisco certifications including Fire Jumper Elite.


John Cavanaugh

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Chief Technology Officer, Practice Lead Security Services, NetCraftsmen

John is our CTO and the practice lead for a talented team of consultants focused on designing and delivering scalable and secure infrastructure solutions to customers across multiple industry verticals and technologies. Previously he has held several positions including Executive Director/Chief Architect for Global Network Services at JPMorgan Chase. In that capacity, he led a team managing network architecture and services.  Prior to his role at JPMorgan Chase, John was a Distinguished Engineer at Cisco working across a number of verticals including Higher Education, Finance, Retail, Government, and Health Care.

He is an expert in working with groups to identify business needs, and align technology strategies to enable business strategies, building in agility and scalability to allow for future changes. John is experienced in the architecture and design of highly available, secure, network infrastructure and data centers, and has worked on projects worldwide. He has worked in both the business and regulatory environments for the design and deployment of complex IT infrastructures.