What’s New in the Data Center at C-MUG Apr 2011

Carole Warner Reece

Peter Welcher
Coming up for the April 26, 2011 Cisco Mid-Atlantic User Group (C-MUG) session, Pete Welcher will be discussing What’s New in Data Center Technologies. He plans to go over “newer” technologies in the data center that many network and datacenter engineers may not be familiar. His talk will include:

  • FabricPath (a L2 routing technology that can be used to safely support large datacenter VLANs while eliminating Spanning Tree blocked ports.)
  • Fiber Channel (FC) / SAN (areas that network engineers have rarely had to work with, since the large shops with SAN networks typically have had a dedicated engineer)
  • Fiber Channel over Ethernet (FCoE is a technology that offers reduced NIC adapter and cabling costs by transporting data and SAN traffic over 10 Gbps Ethernet.)

In addition, Shannon McMackin from Cisco Systems will provide an update on the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS). This next-generation data center platform accelerates the delivery of new services simply, reliably, and securely through end-to-end provisioning and migration support.

Registration information and more details are available on the Cisco Mid-Atlantic User Group Information page.

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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.