Posts Tagged ‘Cisco LIVE’

CLUS Keynote Speaker – It’s a Dirty Job but Somebody’s Gotta Do It

February 14, 2015 Leave a comment

Did you guess by the title who will be the celebrity keynote speaker for CLUS San Diego? It’s none other than Mike Rowe, also known as the dirtiest man on TV.

Mike is the man behind “Dirty Jobs” on the Discovery Channel. Little did he know when pitching the idea to Discovery that they would order 39 episodes of it. Mike traveled through 50 states and completed 300 different jobs going through swamps, sewers, oil derricks, lumberjack camps and what not.

Mike is also a narrator and can be heard in “American Chopper”, “American Hot Rod”, “Deadliest Catch”, “How the Universe Works” and other TV shows.

He is also a public speaker and often hired by Fortune 500 companies to tell their employees frightening stories of maggot farmers and sheep castrators.

Mike also believes in skilled trades and in working smart AND hard. He has written extensively on the country’s relationship with work and the skill gap.

I’m sure Mike’s speach will be very interesting…and maybe a bit gross…

The following two links take you to Cisco Live main page and the registration packages:

Cisco Live
Cisco Live registration packages

Cisco Live in San Diego – Will You Make It?

February 8, 2015 3 comments

“Make it” was one of the first singles released by the the band Aerosmith. Since then these guys have been rocking away for about 40 years. What does this have to do with Cisco Live? Aerosmith will be the band playing at the Customer Appreciation Event (CAE). A good time is pretty much guaranteed. Aerosmith knows how to entertain a crowd.

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The CAE will take place at Petco Park, the home of the San Diego Padres. This photo shows the arena in the evening, looks quite spectacular to me.

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Cisco Live is much more than just having fun though. If you want to make it in the IT industry, there is a lot to gain by going to Cisco Live. Here are some of my reason why I want to go:

  • Stay on top of new technologies – Where is ACI going?
  • Dip my toes into other technologies that I find interesting
  • Gain deep level knowledge of platforms or features that will benefit me and my customers
  • Go to sessions that will aid me on my certification path
  • Connect with people!
  • Learn a lot while having fun at the same time!
  • Learn from the experience of others

When you are in the IT industry, there is a lot going on – always! It can be easier to focus on following industry trends while not having to check your phone or e-mail constantly. The keynotes are also great to hear what is coming and what the vision of the technology is.

At Cisco Live you will find deep dives into the architectures of platforms and how to troubleshoot platforms. As an example I have a few Catalyst 4500-x showing high CPU, how do you troubleshoot that? General troubleshooting is easy but how do you go beyond that? Cisco Live is perfect for that. If you’re lucky will even get to ask a few questions during or at the end of a session relating to your specific case. And the person answering will be a real expert and you might even get to have contact with that person after CLUS.

I’m moving towards the CCDE. When you go to CLUS, normally you get to take a free exam. If I haven’t taken the CCDE written by then, I might do it. More importantly, I will try to go to sessions that are design related and attend a techtorial or labtorial related to the CCDE, if I can.

One of the best things about going to CLUS is that you will meet a lot of people. Just hanging out and talking with these people is a great experience. I have gained a lot of friends and contacts which have proven to be very very valuable when I need to bounce some ideas or get some input into a project.

Going to Cisco Live is fun! It’s learning and relaxing at the same time! You have to go there to experience it.

If you are interested in going to Cisco Live, I am including some links. The first one is to the main page and the second one is for the registration packages.

Cisco Live
Cisco Live registration packages

I hope I’ll see you there!

A Short Update on CML from #CLUS

May 22, 2014 3 comments

Hey everyone,

I’ve been having a really good time here at Cisco Live US. Here is a short update on CML.

General Info

CML is being released end of June or beginning of July. The corporate edition with
a base license and support for up to 15 nodes will be listed at around 13000$ per year.
If you subscribe for two years, the discount is 5% and for three years it is 10%
Normally 15 nodes cost around 13000$ per year so basically you get 5 nodes for “free”
if you get the base package which has the SKU R-CML-CE-K9=.
IOS will be supported by running IOSv. Every IOSv image requires around 512 MB of memory.

System Requirements:

  • The Cisco Modeling Labs server runs on VMware ESXi 5.0, 5.1, and 5.5.
  • Recommended – Cisco UCS®
  • C220 M3 Rack Server with 16 core CPU and 128 GB memory or Cisco UCS
  • C460 M2 High-Performance Rack Server or higher model (actual memory and CPU consumption depends
    on the number of virtual nodes and virtual network OS types). To help determine the appropriate memory
    please find the Cisco Modeling Labs Calculator at

  • Following are the minimum hardware and software requirements to support the Cisco Modeling Labs client:
    ● RAM – 2 GB
    ● Disk space – 1 GB
    ● Network – Any standard IP-based (non-serial, using IPv4) network card
    ● Windows 7 and 8
    ● Java Runtime Environment version 6 or 7
    ● Browser – FireFox, Chrome

Adding Nodes

If you need to add more nodes you can buy them in packs of 10, 50 or 100. These are
the SKUs for adding IOSv nodes:

  • L-CML-CE-10N=
  • L-CML-CE-50N=
  • L-CML-CE-100N=

If you buy 50 nodes you get a 5% discount and for 100 nodes it’s a 10% discount.
The 10 node package costs around 13000$ so multiply that with five and then times
0.95 if you want the price for the 50 node package which is around 61750$


IOS XR will be supported by running the XRv image. These are separate from the
IOSv ones. This is the SKU for XRv:


I didn’t receive any pricing for the XR license.

XRv is expected to use 3072MB of RAM.


IOS XE will of course be supported through CSR1000v. I don’t have any pricing for
it but these are the SKUs:

  • L-CSR-10M-STD-1Y= CSR 1000V e-PAK 1-year subscription 10 Mbps Standard Package
  • L-CSR-10M-ADV-1Y= CSR 1000V e-PAK 1-year subscription 10 Mbps Advanced Package
  • L-CSR-10M-PRM-1Y= CSR 1000V e-PAK 1-year subscription 10 Mbps Premium Package

The CSR1000v image is expected to use 3072 MB of RAM.

Virtual Machines

The environment is based on Openstack. You are free to deploy as many VMs as you wish.
These will not be counted against your node license.

Support for other Images

The CML 1.0 release will contain support for IOS, IOS XE and IOS XR. Every BU is
developing software and providing that to CML. So it depends on the BU if it can
be included in CML. Nexus support seems to be close, they were able to run it
in the demo but it hasn’t been tested fully yet. Other images like the ASAv
are not supported yet but they are looking into it.


Everyone wants to see switching, for those of you familiar with the CCIE lab there
is a L2IOU image that they use for switching. Cisco is working on implementing switching
but it’s not there yet. If everything goes well it could be added by the end of the year
but don’t take my word on that.


This is a picture from what the GUI looks like:


One of the nice features of CML is that you can see the BGP peerings, what the OSPF areas
look like and when links go down. It also has something called Autonetkit that helps you
to deploy a configuration. You choose which features you want and if you want both v4 and
v6 or just one of them and then it deploys the configuration for you.


This is what the datasheet says on support. There will be TAC support for corporate edition.

“Support and Services
Cisco Modeling Labs 1.0 Corporate Edition includes integrated online help and
learning tools to familiarize users with the application’s features and facilitate
training on the product. In addition, customers who subscribe to Cisco
Learning Network can find free informational videos in the e-learning portal,
and corporate customers can access additional training content at
Cisco Technical Education.
Technical support is provided under the Cisco Software Application Services agreement attached to the product”


There have been rumors for a while now about a personal edition supposedly supporting
up to 15 nodes and that this version would be free or priced at around 100$ This could
not be confirmed. They are still discussing what to do with this product. I really
hope it comes out be I will update when I know more about it. This product will
only have community support if it comes out, no help from TAC.

More Information

Cisco has an URL for CML which you can find here. It’s still being updated so there isn’t a ton of information yet.
If you comment on this post I will try to ask a few questions before I leave. I will update
the post as I get more information.

My Cisco Live 2014 US schedule

April 6, 2014 10 comments

I’m going to my first Cisco Live! And it’s in the US!

I have booked my sessions which was a challenge. There are so man good sessions to
choose from. I tried to get a balance of sessions I have use for now, sessions that
could be useful in a longer perspective and sessions that have speakers that I really
want to meet.

My schedule turned out to be a combination of network design, multicast and routing
protocols and a few sessions on things like overlay networks. Here is my schedule.


8.00 – 9.30 BRKDCT-1408 Introduction to Overlay Networks and Use Cases
10.00 – 12.00 BKRCRT-2000 Hardcore IPv6 Routing – No Fear
13.00 – 15.00 BRKDCT-2406 Are you relevant in the work of IT automation?
15.30 – 17.00 General keynote with John Chambers


8.00 – 9.30 BRKMPL-2101 Deploying MPLS-based Layer2 VPNs
10.00 – 11.30 Keynote – Infrastructure for the Agile Enterprise
12.30 – 14.30 BRKARC-2002 Techniques of a Network Detective
15.00 – 17.00 BRKRST-3363 Routed Fast Convergence


8.00 – 9.30 BRKRST-3371 Advances in BGP
10.00 – 11.30 Keynote – Internet of Everything
13.30 – 15.30 BRKIPM-2264 Multicast Troubleshooting
16.00 – 17.30 BRKRST-2814 Enterprise Network Design Trends & Principles


8.00 – 10.00 BRKIPM-3017 mVPN Deployment Models
10.30 – 11.30 Keynote – Reinventing Education
12.30 – 14.00 BRKRST-2045 Advancements in L3 VPN over IP in the WAN
14.30 – 16.00 BRKARC-2020 Cisco Model Labs – lessons from a virtual world

Do you have any session in common? Got any advice for me? Want to meet up?
Please tell me, I have a very busy schedule so it’s better if I know beforehand.

Cisco Live Customer Appreciation Event

March 13, 2014 3 comments

This year Cisco is celebrating its 25th CAE. It will be hosted at the home
of the World Series Champions – The San Francisco Giants. AT&T Ballpark is
hosting the event.

The artists playing will be Lenny Kravitz and Imagine Dragons!

Expect good food, drinks and some pretty sweet pyrotechnics!

This should be an event you that dont want to miss.

Staying updated as a network engineer

January 17, 2013 1 comment

When you work in IT, you need to stay updated. It’s not one of those jobs where you get
an education and then you are fully learned and can stop reading. To stay updated you
need to keep an eye on what’s going on in the industry and read about new technologies.

Here are some of the things I do to stay updated:

Subscribe to mailing lists:

  • Subscribe to Cisco-NSP – It’s the best list for anything Cisco related
  • Subscribe to Juniper-NSP – I’m not on this but if you work with Juniper you should be
  • Subscribe to NANOG – It’s a list for North America but it’s still interesting even if you are in Europe. You will know about major issues in NA and other interesting things.

NANOG also has meetings where they do presentations. You can find a lot of interesting
things in many different areas like DNS, BGP and development of 100GE.

Cisco has several conferences every year called Cisco Live. You can access all the
presentations at no cost.
Although it is focused on Cisco products you can find out a lot what is going on in
the industry.

RIPE also has meetings where you can find information on BGP, IPv6, updates from different Internet exchanges and a lot more. It’s a really nice resource.

If you want to really get technical or get involved in developing existing or new protocols then
you should check out the IETF working groups. There are working groups for OSPF, ISIS, BFD, LISP etc. Generally you subscribe to a mailing list. You can just listen in if you want to hear what is coming or you can try to be active yourself.

Another resource that should not be neglected is Twitter. It is very noisy but you can find a lot of great people here.
You can find a lot of great network engineers and old timers like Scott Morris, Ivan Pepelnjak,
Brian Dennis etc. Being able to communicate with guys like this is great.

Besides this I also check some forums and blogs of course. I hope you found some new good
resources to stay updated as a network engineer.

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Cisco Live – Great resource for CCIE studies

June 20, 2012 2 comments

Hey guys,

I’m at home enjoying the time with my family which as you have seen has just grown with a new member 🙂 Cisco Live US was just held in San Diego and now the sessions have been uploaded. They used to cost money but now they are free! It’s a too good resource to not use it. It has sessions for routing&switching, NMS, voice, video, service provider and basically everything you can think of. It even has CCIE sessions with advice and what to expect at the lab. Go to and create an account and you will have access. You will also have access to earlier events.