It’s Time Again for Cisco Live

Finally. It’s here. Cisco Live starts next week, and I can’t wait. This year marks only my second time at the annual conference, but having worked at Global Knowledge Training for almost eight years now (my hire date anniversary is the Friday after the conference), I’m well aware of the excitement Cisco Live creates around here.

Besides being in sunny San Diego, the best part of Cisco Live this year has got to be an awesome keynote series that closes in a big way with an address by Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, hosts of MythBusters on Discovery Channel. I don’t know what to expect from these guys, but I know they are worth staying around an extra day.

Also, um, apparently some geek-friendly band named Weezer is performing at the San Diego Padres’ Petco Park for the Customer Appreciation Grand Slam party. An all-girl Led Zeppelin tribute band called Zepparella is opening for them. Should be interesting to say the least.

Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of hearing Chris Young, Cisco’s new vice president of their security and government group, speak on Lock It Down and Free It Up during the RSA Conference in San Francisco. Unfortunately, I’m going to miss Young’s Solutions Keynote entitled “Security as a Business Enabler” where he will discuss how security threats are growing in number and impact as well as becoming harder to detect, deflect, and defeat. I’ve read that he’ll discuss the CIO’s dilemmas as companies move to the cloud and employees want a “work anywhere” environment on the device of their choice. He’s a great presenter, so if you’re in San Diego in time for his presentation Monday afternoon, I recommend you attend.

I’ll also miss Rob Soderbery, Cisco’s SVP of Enterprise Networking, discussing “The Future of the Enterprise Network in the Post-PC Era” during his Solutions Keynote at Cisco Live. With the proliferation of smartphones and tablets, I have become intrigued by the post-PC era many have predicted. I’m sure it was a topic at HP Discover this week. With 56 billion devices estimated to be connected to the Internet by 2020, organizations need to prepare now. Soderbery will explain how Cisco is driving innovation across its core portfolio of Catalyst switching, access routing, and wireless networking technologies that will help organizations navigate the post-PC era. I’ll definitely have to catch his address virtually when I get back home.

There’s one keynote I will not miss next week. Cisco CTO Padmasree Warrior, is scheduled to speak during Cisco Live. As CTO, Warrior defines Cisco’s technology strategy and drives innovation across the company. Although my attempts to get her to stop by the Global Knowledge booth have thus far failed, I’ll surely be present for her keynote. She never disappoints. I saw her at Interop a few weeks ago, and I truly never tire of how she inundates the audience with infographics. The Blackberry and I can barely keep up.

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