This is my Live Blog for Cisco Live in London 2011. So far, I’ve had plenty of hassles getting registered, as the previously promised pass didn’t work out. But for now I’m here. So lets pass comment on what’s been happening. I’ll try to post some stuff from time to time but I’m thinking that this is a conference that focusses on the technical details and it’s hard to live blog technical stuff.
Check back on the regular basis to see any further updates.
I’m not getting any buzz from the the event so far. In general terms, people are here with workday attitude. Focussed on getting in the technology sessions and getting knowledge.. I’d say that the fun went out of Cisco Live when the name changed from Networkers – I mean what’s the point of the name change, more marketing we don’t need. Compared with the buzz I got from going to the VMware 2010 in Copenhagen, I’d say that this event is mature – not a bad thing, just not exciting. .
Cisco Live 2010 Keynote
So we have the VP of Marketing for Europe giving a tourist guide to London. Something about less rain than Rome, more Bookshops the New York, blah blah. And then a decidedly uncomfortable attempt to be funny on cockney rhyming slang.
And now an athlete on stage – I guess nothing motivates nerds more than seeing someone who can run in circles. And now he’s attempting to make Cisco relevant to sport. Ahh, that’s right Cisco is sponsoring the Olympic games and wants to make some mileage out of that investment – it means something to the marketing department who are probably paying for it.
Factoid: Cisco Live has 22km of cabling. I’m a bit surprised by that. Wonder how much of it gets reused or thrown away ?
Bringing the message back from Davos that the economy picking up. Some economists believe that grwith is returning. JC continues on with productivity. Keeps banging on with that message – innovation and productivity will drive European growth.
Tweet from CiscoLiveEurope: “Themes from John Chambers’ keynote; innovation, productivity is enabled by the network, market transitions and not being left behind.” This pretty much sums it up. Although the products are different, this is the same story that we’ve seen from previous keynotes.
Which probably speaks to the power of his vision. Cisco has continued to grow and adapt, and if you believe in productivity and innovation as a business value then it’s probably going to work. Although, other companies have other techniques ( leadership, competitiveness, profit) Cisco does have a good pitch that doesn’t sound self serving.
Demo of the Tandberg to Cius for a video call between units. And now more of the Cius as a student device. “How can our teachers be more productive”. Don’t think the Cius demo was live though, I never saw the Cius screen in that section, and the overhead screens changed ahead of the demo guy. Must have been very closely scripted cos it’s hard to detect. Some parts looked live though.
Because this is an architecture, it seems clear that Cisco Umi is a long term play. In a sense its’ not meant to be successful today. Although, Cisco strategy means that they are going to go head to head to with Apple. Apple already had deep attachment to customers in the home and personal use. It’s hard to envision how Cisco and Apple could collaborate to share the market ? OTH Cisco is certainly able to partner well, Apple…. not so much.
Cisco FY11 Focus – pushing more products across the gap.
He actually believes that CCNA academy are part of changing the world.
Well that’s it. I’ve got the feeling that it isn’t much different from a presentation I got about ten years ago at a Networkers event. Which is testament to the fact that it is probably working. No doubt about it, John Chambers is a brilliant presenter but there wasn’t much that was new or exciting here.
Message ? Business as usual.
MPO fibre optic cabling
I’ve been touring the show floor this morning. I blogged recently about the new types cabling that will be used for 40G and 100G fibre connectivty. Today I’ve seen three of four vendors showing their CDO solutions. We are seeing the end of the traditional installation of fibre optic cabling by what are effectively “craft” installers. The future of cabling is clearly about pre-manfactured cables that will dropped into trays around your data center. i will upload some more photos tonight showing the MPO to LC, and MPO to LH termination blocks that allow for “click / clack” calbing solutions.
Why this matters ?
The cabling that you put into your data center need to last a long time, don’t install any cabling before you understand what the future of cabling looks like and this means that you need to understand these new solutions.
Pretty Pictures – Commscope cabling
This is a 1RU fibre tray that terminates 24 MPO, 48 LC and 48 LH in a three tier unit drawer cable tray and built for use for SAN cabling.
This is a one piece connector that clips into a Nexus 7000 blade to socket home a single cabling piece for 16 ports. Way cool. Comes pre-manufactured to specified lengths and clips into various backends pieces.
Interesting idea – enforces left right calbing and prevents some bad practices.
Slide from the Keynote this morning
You can tell Cisco Live is run as a profit centre when there is no coffee / tea to greet guests when they arrive for the event. It’s the only conference I’ve been to where no early morning vittles are provided. Best guess, they cut a few corners to make a bit more profit. Coffee and sticky bun doesn’t cost much in an event like this.
CCIE Lounge – not quite up to scratch
They didn’t put power sockets in the CCIE Lounge. Which is kind of pointless since everyone has a laptop and are trying to get things charged. You don’t have Social Media is you don’t have charged devices.
Second, there wasn’t enough chairs or proper seating. Over in the NetVets lounge they had twice or three times the number of chairs and they were rarely used. In the CCIE Lounge we had people sitting on the floor and talking.
But the coffee, water and juice was much appreciated.
Walking the “World of Solutions”
I did a walk around the WoS and blogged about here where I look at some of the vendors I found interesting.
I didn’t get to any of the sessions so can’t make any comments on them.
The party was in the same building at the event. Much better, instead of having to be bussed out to remote part of the country (a la Barcelona) it was much more welcoming and enjoyable. I don’t like the Rolling Stones so the music drove me away early. The kitsch hats and food theming was also overdone, can’t we have something more sophisticated than this ? What’s wrong with smart, intelligent events instead of pitching for morons / common people ?
Love the Excel building, seemed to work well. Although some of the session rooms were a long distance apart.
CCIE VIP Party
Party was too far away from the main event. Again. Most people didn’t go because they couldn’t get there. £30 taxi fare to central London is too expensive and/or too difficult, especially when from out of country. I had the same problem in Barcelona – I’d accept something a little bit less ‘fancy’ if it was much closer ?