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Cisco Live 2019 Recap

Last week was the long-awaited Cisco Live 2019! And two of our wonderful engineers wrote up their thoughts on the week. For a quick recap check out Dominic Zeni's overview of the week below and if you want a more in-depth recap check out Trevor Butler's deep dive into the Cisco Live 2019 World.

 

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For the Short Attention Span Readers:

Another year, another Live!  Building Bridges was one of the themes of this years’ Cisco Live and you can see it ringing true across the portfolio.  Take Cisco Umbrella for example.  It is no longer just a DNS layer security tool.  Using the cloud-native Umbrella application, Cisco has built integrations to CloudLock, SDWAN, and soon ThreatGrid.  With just the click of a button from your vManage, you can build tunnels (bridges??) from your SDWAN to your Umbrella and begin leveraging the full featured Umbrella Secure Internet Gateway.  Or how about Cognitive Collaboration, building bridges to well…everywhere!  Taking in contextual information from the Internet in all forms, Cognitive Collaboration promises to make us more prepared, more productive, and more successful in the meetings we attend.  The new SVP of Collab, Amy Chang, came to Cisco through an acquisition of Accompany (the technology at the heart of Cognitive Collab).  I’m very excited for the things to come from Amy’s team and Cognitive Collaboration.  At the heart of all of these technological bridges are API’s.  So, where’s the bridge for me as a traditional systems or network engineer that takes me from the CLI or the GUI to the API?  Enter the new DevNet certifications announced at Cisco Live.  A path (bridge??) for learning is very helpful when approaching an ocean of new technology and I’m excited to see what it’s all about! - Dominic Zeni

 

For The Insatiable Readers:

This year Cisco Live was held in sunny San Diego. Between the breakout sessions, the walk-in labs, and an amazing performance by Weezer and the Foo Fighters, Cisco announced some new products and new certifications.

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Fireside Chat: Future of IT Engineers Roundtable

In this Fireside Chat, CEO- Sean Barr, sat down with a few of our engineers to discuss what today's rapidly advancing technologies mean for the IT industry and the skill sets IT teams will need as we look into the future of IT

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Looking at the Future of IT

Technology advances more rapidly today than ever before. We are hearing more and more tech companies integrating artificial intelligence and virtual or augmented reality into their platforms and products. The exponential growth in cloud computing is drives demand for flexible or “pay as you go” consumption models. As technology becomes more advanced and user-friendly it is becoming integrated into every aspect of our lives. As we integrate technology more and more into our business, there is an increased need for cybersecurity and data availability. But what does this all mean for the IT industry and the skill sets our IT teams will need as we look into the future of IT?

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LOOKINGPOINT AND RUBRIK ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP

LookingPoint is pleased to announce our partnership with Rubrik, the market leader in Cloud Data Management, and the world's first platform to orchestrate data for hybrid cloud enterprises anytime, anywhere. As a Channel Partner LookingPoint will leverage Rubrik's cloud data management solutions and team of product experts to deliver the highest quality data protection, search, analytics, compliance, and copy data management to our customers. Rubrik now runs on AWS and Microsoft Azure to power data protection, rich data services for cloud-native applications. This partnership will allow LookingPoint to work with our clients to automate data management with a single interface, and to protect applications on-premise and in the cloud

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The Future of Hybrid Cloud: VMware Cloud on AWS

Many companies have invested in VMware infrastructure software and have a lot of knowledge in supporting on-premise virtual servers. The VMware vCenter Server is extremely popular for managing virtual machines and providing automation for distributing resources evenly across a cluster of servers. There is a comfort in having direct vendor support from VMware for ensuring a stable production environment. However, when moving virtual machines to a public cloud can be disruptive to many IT departments. Let alone, the gap in support can increase risk for many Application Support Teams.

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Redundancy in the Cloud: The Need for Well-Designed Applications

Both Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure sell the idea of inherent high-availability and scalability within their cloud services. Many companies bought into that idea and dove head-first thinking that, once in the cloud, the provider will provide the redundancy natively. With the recent AWS S3 outage many customers learned the hard way that this is not the case. There is still a need for customers to design redundancy into their applications when moving to the cloud. Companies like AWS and Azure provide the platform to use, but it is still up to the customer to design their systems to utilize that platform.

For many AWS customers, their workloads are located in one region, and in many cases their applications are utilizing only one availability zone within a region. To use the S3 outage as an example, the Simple Storage Service (S3) outage was localized to only the US East Region. Had customers replicated their S3 data to an additional region and utilized Amazons failover platform the outage would have gone unnoticed to all but the operators at AWS.

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Fireside Chat: Amazon Web Services

In this Fireside Chat CEO, Sean Barr, sits down with Principal Network Architect, Trevor Butler, to discuss a solution taking the industry by storm: Amazon Web Services. Sit back, relax, and enjoy another fireside chat.

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AWS for the Enterprise - Datacenter in the Sky

By now I am sure most of us have heard of Amazon’s AWS, or Amazon Web Services, but how many of us know of its full potential. The biggest myth around AWS is that it is a cloud service for developers and doesn’t have a place for the enterprise environment however, while AWS offers a lot of platform services aimed at the developer, at its core, it offers a set of rich infrastructure services. Let’s look at these core services and how they relate to the enterprise customer.

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LOOKINGPOINT AND TEGILE ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP

LookingPoint is pleased to announce the official partnership with Tegile, a privately held enterprise storage vendor headquartered in Silicon Valley, California. As a Channel Partner LookingPoint will leverage Tegile’s enterprise storage solutions and team of product experts to deliver the highest quality storage experience to our customers. Partnering with a vendor that provides both all-flash and hybrid storage arrays will allow LookingPoint to work with clients to understand their application workloads and storage requirements before making any recommendation on the ideal storage solution.

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Fireside Chat: Enabling Collaboration

Fireside Chats are a LookingPoint video series where we bring casual technology conversations to you! This week we are discussing another topic that is taking 2017 by storm: Enabling collaboration solutions in the workplace. Sit back, relax, and enjoy another fireside chat. 

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