Next week, the Packet Pushers are sponsored by Cisco to take the mobile recording studio to Cisco Live US (CLUS) in Orlando. We’ve been planning a lot of shows around what is the biggest IT conference of the year for those of us in the networking industry. The inimitable Mr. Ferro has posted some thoughts on this topic already here.
Q: Will there be any interesting announcements at CLUS?
A: Yes. Greg and I have been briefed on several of them already. Some of them are interesting. At least one of them is shocking, at least from my perspective, as I have a very specific point of view on this one particular announcement. I’ll be blogging about it for Network Computing early next week.
Q: Where can listeners meet us, shake hands, kick us in the shins, etc.?
A: The Sunday night tweet-up @ 5pm in the Social Media Lounge will be a good venue if you can make it. Greg & I solemnly promise to wear pants. Other tweetups, vBeers, etc. throughout the week might just happen on their own. Follow @packetpushers, @etherealmind, @ecbanks, @techfieldday, @networkingnerd & @commsninja on Twitter for news of this sort. We might tweet out where we’re meeting up for dinner in case anyone else wants to come by, that sort of thing.
Q: How can vendors who want to talk to Greg and/or Ethan meet them at CLUS?
A: Ping us at [email protected] and let us know who you are what you’d like to chat about. FYI, our schedules are already double-booked for much of CLUS among recordings we have to be at, briefings we should be at and sessions we’d like to be at, but we’ll do our dead-level best to talk to you if at all possible.
Q: Will you be riding around the convention center on unicorns like last year when you stormed the stage during the keynote and all those people attacked you?
A: Well…yeah. Of course. This time we’ll be in full body armor, though. We’re not stupid.
Here’s a peek into the Packet Pushers tweetup & recording schedule.
5:00pm – TweetUp in the Social Media Lounge.
8am – 10am – recording with the crew from the Speaking in Tech podcast.
10am – 12pm – recording a Packet Pushers community show with various independent folks showing up at Live.
8am – 10am – recording with Cisco’s Jothi Prakash Prabakaran about the onePK controller and controller apps. Our goal with this show is to start putting practical meat on the SDN bones we’ve been going on about for so long now. In other words, the apps that ride on an SDN infrastructure are going to be the new hotness. So let’s start figuring out what that will look like.
10am – 12pm – recording with Cisco’s Ron Fuller to get updated on the Nexus switching line. Ron’s a pile of awesome, has been on the show before and was one of the authors of the Cisco Press title, “NX-OS and Cisco Nexus Switching: Next Generation Data Center Architectures.”
8am – 10am – recording with Cisco’s Dave Ward & Lauren Cooney. We haven’t nailed down the outline exactly yet, but we’re planning for an update around Cisco onePK. Dave’s a battleship of brainpower, and last I knew was leading the effort around what the Cisco API library can and should be like.
10am – 12pm – recording with Cisco’s Janel Kratky (and others) about how the Cisco Live network actually works, in all of its dual-stack IPv4 & IPv6 glory. This is part of the crew behind the massive wired and wireless network infrastructure that’s taxed by 22,000+ nerds loaded with personal devices all wanting to yell at the Internet at the same time.
3:30p – 5:30p – recording with Cisco’s Eric Charlesworth about Cloupia. Cloupia is a recent Cisco acquisition, so we’ll talk about why Cisco acquired Cloupia, and what the product does. Think end-to-end automation of what I like to call your IT engine. Cool stuff.
8am – 10am – recording of a Cisco Live Roundtable discussion with the awesome folks at Tech Field Day. Greg and I have been to several TFD events in the last few years, and since a lot of the TFD crew will be on-hand, we thought we’d gather for an independent look at Cisco’s major announcements, keynote addresses, and anything else interesting from the show. I strongly suspect snark will be involved. There always is.
10am – 12pm – recording (possibly video) with Cisco’s Elaine Lopes and VCE’s Russ White about the CCDE program. We’re going to talk about why the CCDE program is picking up steam, and help prospective candidates sort out how to get a study plan in place. CCDE is a tough cert, considered unreachable by many, but I hope this show will do something to remove the shroud of mystery. I’m not a CCDE, but I’m working on it and see it as attainable with proper preparation, just like any other cert.
12pm – 1pm – CCDE/CCAr informal hangout in the lunch area with Elaine Lopes. I’m hoping to be there.
There’s two additional shows we’re planning, but haven’t nailed down a schedule yet.
- A recording with Cisco about the state of a to be determined network management product. But we think it’ll be focused on automation.
- A network design recording about integrating OTV, FabricPath and LISP. If we can make it work, that’ll be with Andy Sholomon and Ron Fuller. Fingers crossed, as this is a topic that has been brought up to me in recent months more than once.
Greg and I are also *probably* going to the CCIE party if there is one Tuesday night. And we’re *probably* going to the Cisco customer appreciation event on Wednesday night. We’ll see. As confirmed introverts, a conference as socially intense as Cisco Live drains us right down to nothing, so we might sneak off to whimper in a corner somewhere if not actually required to create content.
Looking forward to the event, and please say “hi” if you’re so inclined. Greg is far more approachable in person than his podcast persona might suggest, and gosh…I’m just the nicest guy ever. Or something. 😉