The Upcoming Cisco “UCS Grand Slam” Event

Peter Welcher
Architect, Operations Technical Advisor

In case you hadn’t noticed yet, Cisco plans a big UCS related announcement for September 4 in New York City. They’re calling it the “UCS Grand Slam”.

I and several other intrepid Tech Field Day affiliated folks plan to be present. There’s a #TFD page for the event, at We’ll be blogging and tweeting during the event, and doing a video roundtable afterwards, with our reactions to what we heard. For those who will be busy, I’m sure the video roundtable will be posted on the Tech Field Day event page. The list of TFD delegates can be found by following the prior link.

A Cisco blog about the event is at

Registration with Ciso to watch the event online:

I wish I could tell you more, but Cisco’s playing this one close to the vest. Stay tuned to find out if you agree that the Cisco Datacenter team really scored big!

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Hashtags: #UCSGrandSlam #UCS #CiscoChampion

Twitter: @pjwelcher

Disclosure Statement

The event sponsor for this Tech Field Day event is of course Cisco. They’ll be covering our travel costs to attend. Our time is not being reimbursed. And our opinions will remain our own!


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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.


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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.


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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.

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