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NetCraftsmen Planning for CiscoLive in Orlando Jun 23 – Jun 27

We are working on our plans to attend CiscoLive Networkers in Orlando this June, and hope to see many of you there! (Click the image below for a link to registration…)


We will have a booth again this year, and will be bringing many of our technical staff! Carole, Charlie, David, Denise, Hailey, Keith, Marilyn, Marty, Pete, Rick, and Terry are confirmed as going. Please visit our booth # 1533 in the World of Solutions exhibit hall – they will all be helping out with some booth time, and they enjoy catching up with their friends and meeting folks!

We are also pleased to announce that both Dr. Pete Welcher and Denise Donohue have been selected and will be featured in the Networkers Technical Program at CiscoLive 2013.

Pete will be co-presenting two labtorial sessions:

  • LRTCRT-5205 Configuring Nexus 7000 Virtualization Lab : This 4 hour session starts with a lecture providing a brief orientation for Nexus 7000 hardware and software, and then introducing NX-OS CLI innovations with a focus on Virtual Device Contexts (VDCs). A two-hour hands-on lab follows, where attendees will provision VDCs and configure VLANs and routing on a Nexus 7000. This lab session will prepare you for DCUFI test / DCNIS specialization. Some familiarity with the Cisco IOS CLI and routing/switching is expected.
  • LRTCRT-5206 ConfiguringNexus 5000 Fiber Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) Lab : This session introduces the Nexus 5000 and representative designs, then discusses Data Center Bridging (DCB) and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), and how these technologies are implemented on the Nexus 5000. The attendees will then experiment with FCoE in about two hours of hands-on Nexus 5000 labs configuring both LAN and FCoE SAN 10 G connectivity. This lab session will prepare you for DCUFI / DCNIS specialization. Some familiarity with the Cisco IOS CLI and routing/switching is expected.

Denise will be co-presenting a new technical breakout session.

  • BRKRST-3114 The Art of Network Architecture : Working at the juncture of business and technology has never been more interesting, or more complicated, than it is today. Outsourcing, insourcing, cloud, and software defined networks all combine with rapidly changing business requirements in a seemingly never ending array of choices and intersections. What are the fundamental principles a network architect must know and understand to navigate these complicated shoals? What are the questions a network engineer needs to ask to move from design to architecture? This session examines the interaction between business and design from both a business perspective and a technology perspective.

Denise mentions that the BRKRST-3114 session may take a non-tradiitonal view of network architecture. It will start with the premise that the best network designs, and those most likely to get funded, enhance your company’s business abilities.  Therefore, you need to learn how to assess business needs and design to those.  You also need to be aware of the impact that the network will have on future company capabilities.



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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.

CCDP, CCNA V, CCNP, Cisco IPS Express Security for AM/EE
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

CCIE #1066, CCDE #20070002, CCAr
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.