Had another great time at CiscoLive 2014 here in Melbourne. Thanks to Cisco Support Forum (Awarding me VIP status), this time I got a free conference pass. Similar to other CiscoLive events in 2014, IoE (Internet of Everything) was the focus on opening key-note. Here is the link to recorded key-note.

For me, I have utilized most my time in Breakout Sessions, specifically focusing Mobility & Converged Access topics. Also went to a session talking about CCDE (Cisco Certified Design Expert) certification. Also it was a great opportunity to meet colleagues, peers, Cisco specialist, vendors during this once a year event.

Here are some of the highlights of my time over there.

Wednesday morning went to “Managing the BYOD Evolution” mainly talks about how to use ISE with BYOD.  Here is the presentation of this session.

BRKEWN-2020 Managing the BYOD Evolution

During Wednesday to Friday, Sujith Ghosh – Sr Mgr Technical Marketing presented 3 sessions about all deployment models (FlexConnect, CUWN & CA). This gave some idea of what’s coming in WLC 8.0 & IOS-XE 3.6 the next major version of AireOS & IOS for these WLC platform. I only got opportunity to go for FlexConnect & CA sessions.

Here are the all 3 presentations pdf

1. BRKEWN-2016 Branch Office Wireless LAN Design
2. BRKEWN-2010 Design and Deployment of Enterprise WLANs
3. BRKEWN-2022 Converged Access Mobility Design & Architecture

Here is a moment with Sujith after one of his presentation.

DSC02567Here is another great presentation  by Dave Zack about “Converged Access Architecture“. If you want to know in detail about CA, this is the presentation you should go for.

BRKARC-2665 Converged Access Architecture, Design and Deployment

On Thursday went for a 4 hr session about CCDE & it was great. Even though it is not on my radar for 2014, it may be for 2015-2016 as to become a Design Expert or Solution Architect is in my career goals.

Here are few things I learn about this CCDE certification.

1. Practical exam (8hr) is conducted once in a quarter. Here is the schedule for 2014
2. Available only at Pearson Professional Centres (PPC) around the world3. It is 8 hour computer based exam & results will be available immediately after the exam.
4. No prerequisite required for CCDE (only design experience is required)

Here is the presentation of this session
BRKCRT-8001 CCDE The Cisco Certified Design Expert

Last Breakout Session on Friday afternoon Surendra – Senior TAC Engineer did a great presentation about “Troubleshooting Converged Access“. Here is the pdf of that presentation. If you are deploying CA, you must go through this many times

BRKEWN-3021 Troubleshooting Converged Access Wireless Deployments

Here is Surendra & Leo Laohoo (Cisco Designated VIP for LAN & Wireless in CSC forum) with me before Surendra’s presentation.

DSC02571Here is some other moments of the event while networking with others.

This is with two Cisco Press Authors (Ron Fuller @ccie5851 & David Jansen @ccie5952) & lucky to get a free sign copy of their NX-OS & Cisco Nexus Switching book.

DSC02551 @ CCIE cocktail reception


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DSC02555DSC02557DSC02569DSC02559Looking forward for 2015 event as well….