See You at Cisco Live 2015!

Peter Welcher
Architect, Operations Technical Advisor

See you at Cisco Live 2015! I’m planning to be there, catching up with folks I haven’t seen in a while. And NetCraftsmen is sending about one third of the company’s staff to the event.

We make a substantial commitment to attending Cisco Live (#CLUS) every year.

Why? Because it’s a great venue for keeping up with key Cisco people, customers, partners — and above all, for enhancing skills. The energy and sense of community we experience also recharges our technical batteries, while providing a refreshing change of pace.

I personally hope to build my knowledge in a couple of tech areas, and find some time to hang out with the #CiscoChampion blogger community. And I hope to encounter several dozen people I haven’t seen or talked to in a while.

I’ll be in a Techtorial all day Sunday (Datacenter Interconnect). I’ve been seeing a bit of Datacenter Interconnect and related topics lately, and I think I’m pretty solid on it, but I want to make sure of that. I’ve got a couple of pent-up blogs on related topics based on some recent and not-so-recent work as well. So watch this space!

For a change, after presenting at close to 12 Cisco Powered Networks, then Cisco Live sessions, I will not be presenting — so I’ll be free to attend a few more sessions or socialize a bit more.

Look for at least four of our Cisco Community VIPs and Cisco Champions to be present.

Topics and areas of innovation to look for:

  • IWAN and Unified Access for infrastructure
  • Security and more AMP / FirePower integration for the security team
  • ACI and Nexus 9K for the datacenter
  • Collaboration and more video for the Unified Communications folks
  • Cloud and Intercloud
  • SDN, API, and the DevOps side of networking

And that’s just scratching the surface of the many talks and tech topics that will be presented!


To get you in the right frame of mind, here are some earlier blogs about Cisco Live:

And most important of all… Cisco Live Hats Over the Years


Comments are welcome, both in agreement or informative disagreement with the above. Thanks in advance!

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Twitter: @pjwelcher

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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.