ZNDP 004 – Cisco Live US 2017 – Preview

Welcome back Ziglets for another episode of the Zigbits Network Design Podcast, where Zigabytes are faster than Gigabytes. As always our goal is to provide you with real world context around technology. I’m Michael Zsiga, also known as Zig, and I am your host.

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 Today’s Agenda is:

1. Looking forward to!!
2. My Cisco Live US 2017 Session Schedule
3. CCDE / Network Design Specific Sessions
4. A Zigbits “Network Design” Session Schedule
5. Zigbits Cisco Live Recommendations

1. Looking forward to!!

Family

First time attending Cisco Live as a Cisco Champion.

What’s a Cisco Champion you ask?

Cisco Champions are regarded as experts in Cisco products and technologies by their peers and actively share their knowledge, expertise, and thoughts in technical forums, communities, user groups, social media, speaking engagements, and across the social web with Cisco. The program has been running for more than 3 years, and each year open nominations are held to find and select the best candidates from around the world.

Cisco Champion Related information:

Cisco Champion Program Overview

Cisco Champion 2017 Application Blog Post (Reference Only)

Cisco Champion Benefit Highlights:

Cisco Champion Community

Cisco Champion Blogger Program

Cisco Champion pre-launch briefings

Cisco Champion Radio

First time attending Cisco Live as a Cisco Certified Design Expert (CCDE)

Customer Appreciation Event (CAE)

The CCIE/CCDE party

Study Groups

CCIE Study Group: The CCIE KOOL KATS

CCDE Study Group

Meeting people!!

Meet the expert sessions

Set up one on one meetings with specific people

2. My Cisco Live US 2017 Session Schedule (0:22:00)

This years Technical goals are Troubleshooting and Cisco DNA. With that said I’m still following the same session constraint as last year, limiting the number of sessions to 2 – 3 a day.  This gives me time to mentally catch up throughout each day, schedule Meet the Expert Sessions and do a number of other items I would like to do as well while at Cisco Live US 2017.

 

Sunday June 25th, 2017

This year at Cisco Live US 2017, I’m actually not taking any extra sessions that I have to pay out of pocket for.  There are a number of great sessions I would like to take on Sunday but I’m not willing to pay for them.

 

Monday June 26th, 2017

8:00 am – 9:30 am

BRKARC-1008: Introduction to IOS XR for Enterprises and Service Providers

Presenter: Brad Edgeworth

10:30 am – 11:30 am

Opening Keynote with Chuck Robbins

1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

BRKARC-2002: Techniques of a Network Detective

Presenter: Denise Fishburne

Tuesday June 27th, 2017

8:00 am – 10:00 am

BRKCRS-2811: DNA Campus Fabric Automation – Connecting the Campus Fabric to External Networks

Presenter: Satish Kondalam

10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Technology Vision Keynote with Rowan Trollope, David Goeckeler, and Chris Dedicoat

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

BRKCRS-3811: DNA Campus Fabric Automation – Policy Driven Manageability

Presenter: Victor Moreno

7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

CCIE Exclusive party at Hakkasan

Wednesday June 28th, 2017

8:00 am – 10:00 am

BRKCRS-2812: DNA Campus Fabric Automation – Integrating with Your Existing Network

Presenter: Kedar Karmarkar

10:30 am – 11:30 am

Security Keynote with Theresa Payton and John Stewart

1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

BRKDCN-3040: Troubleshooting VXLAN BGP EVPN

Presenter: Vinit Jain

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

BRKCRS-2813: DNA Campus Fabric Automation – Monitoring and Troubleshooting

Presenter: Vimarsh Puneet

7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

CAE with Bruno Mars

Thursday June 29th

8:30 am – 10:00 am

BRKDCN-2489: DNA Campus Fabric Automation – Integration with Data Center Architectures

Presenter: Karthik Kumar Thatikonda

10:30 am – 12:00 pm

BRKARC-3863: Catalyst Fixed Access Switching Architecture

Presenter: Minhaj Uddin

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

BRKCRS-2814: DNA Campus Fabric Automation – Assurance and Analytics

Presenter: Karthik Kumar Thatikonda

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Celebrity Keynote with Bryan Cranston

3. CCDE / Network Design Specific Sessions (0:38:00)

This year I have over 40 sessions that have made the Zigbits CCDE / Network Design Session list.  These are sessions that fit the Design bucket but are also not just a beginner session on a technology.  The idea here is to get the best use of your time while you are at Cisco Live.  Each session in this list has been given a priority level of importance that is either High, Medium, or Low.

High

TECCCDE-3005: CCDE: The Cisco Certified Design Expert $$
TECCRS-2001: Intermediate – Enterprise High Availability Design and Architecture $$
TECCRS-2500: Advanced Enterprise WAN Design and Deployment $$
LTRMPL-3103: Advanced Design and Deployment of NG-MVPN: Next Generation Multicast VPN $$
BRKSEC-2134: Intermediate – Building a Highly Secure Internet Edge
BRKRST-2042: Highly Available Wide Area Network Design
BRKRST-2041: WAN Architectures and Design Principles
BRKEWN-2010: Design and Deployment of Enterprise WLANs
DEVNET-1794: DevNet Panel – Applying Design Thinking to Building Products in Cisco
BRKMPL-2112: MPLS WAN Backbone Solutions and Design for Enterprise and SP
BRKMPL-2102: Designing MPLS-based IP VPNs
BRKIPM-3017: Advanced mVPN Deployment Models
BRKCRS-2501: Campus QOS Design-Simplified
BSOGEN-1003: Optimize and manage your Network as a Business

Medium

BRKCRS-1500: Campus Wired LAN Deployment Using Cisco Validated Designs
BRKSEC-2205: Security and Virtualization in the Data Center
TECSEC-3725: Advanced Remote Access and Site-to-Site VPN design with IOS $$
CTHCRS-1300: Advances in High Availability for the Campus
BRKDCN-2218: Data Center Design for Midsize Enterprise
BRKDCN-2001: Networking Challenges when Interconnecting Data Center Fabrics
BRKDCN-2300: Modern Infrastructure Designs of Business Continuity Architectures
BRKNMS-2800: Putting the Puzzle Together: The Architecture of Network Management Tools
BRKRST-2336: EIGRP Deployment in Modern Networks
BRKOPT-2106: DWDM 101
BRKEWN-2670: Wireless Office Design Best Practices
BRKEWN-2016: Branch office Wireless LAN Design
SOLEWN-2000: CLUS Network Topology
BRKRST-2337: OSPF Deployments in Modern Networks

Low

TNKACI-2000: Real World Cisco ACI and F5 BIG-IP Designs and Deployments
BRKDCN-2378: VPC Best Practices and Design on NXOS
BRKSEC-3699: Designing ISE for Scale & High Availability
BRKEWN-3014: Best Practices to deploy high-availability in Wireless LAN Architectures
BRKIPM-1261: Introduction to IP Multicast
BRKEWN-2013: High Density Wi-Fi Design, Deployment, and Optimization
BRKACI-2003: Cisco ACI Multi-Pod Design and Deployment
BRKSEC-2881: Designing Remote-Access and Site-to-Site IPSec networks with FlexVPN
BRKDCN-2010: Designing Storage Network for next decade in an All Flash Data Center
CCSEWN-1001: Short Time But Long Journey – How To Forge A Successful high Density Wireless Deployment
BRKSAN-2883: Advanced Storage Area Network Design
BRKDCN-1121: Fiber Channel Networking for the IP Network Engineer and SAN Core Edge Design Best Practices
BRKEWN-2027: Design and Deployment of Outdoor Wireless Networks

4. A Zigbits “Network Design” Session Schedule (1:03:27)

The goal of the Zigbits “Network Design” Session Schedule is to give you the most amount of time in Design and Business related sessions that you can be in at Cisco Live US 2017.  There are no limits and the only constraint is to make time for the Keynote sessions throughout the week.  If your goal for Cisco Live is to dedicate all of your time towards Network Design or Studying for the CCDE Certification than this schedule is for you!!

Sunday June 25th, 2017

I would do a paid session on Sunday. There are three great sessions to select from. These are all day sessions – 8 hours.

1. TECCCDE-3005: CCDE: The Cisco Certified Design Expert
2. TECCRS-2001: Intermediate – Enterprise High Availability Design and Architecture
3. TECCRS-2500: Advanced Enterprise WAN Design and Deployment

Monday Morning – June 26th, 2017

8:00 am – 12:00 pm

LTRMPL-3103: Advanced Design and Deployment of NG-MVPN: Next Generation Multicast VPN

NOTE: This is a PAID session and with the timing you will miss Chuck Robbins opening keynote

OR

8:00 am – 10:00 am

BRKSEC-2134: Intermediate – Building a Highly Secure Internet Edge

10:30 am – 11:30 am

Opening Keynote with Chuck Robbins

Monday Afternoon – June 26th, 2017

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm

CTHCRS-1300: Advances in High Availability for the Campus

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm

TNKACI-2000: Real World Cisco ACI and F5 BIG-IP Designs and Deployments

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

BRKDCN-2001: Networking Challenges when Interconnecting Data Center Fabrics

 

Tuesday Morning – June 27th, 2017

There are a lot of good choices on Tuesday morning in the 8:00 am – 10:00 am time slot:

8:00 am – 10:00 am

BRKRST-2041: WAN Architectures and Design Principles
BRKDCN-2378: VPC Best Practices and Design on NXOS
BRKDCN-2300: Modern Infrastructure Designs of Business Continuity Architectures
BRKNMS-2800: Putting the Puzzle Together: The Architecture of Network Management Tools

I would traditionally stay away from anything vendor proprietary, and I would probably go with BRKDCN-2300 or BRKNMS-2800 depending on your areas of weaknesses. Keep in mind you can always pull down the session(s) once live is over.

10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Technology Vision Keynote with Rowan Trollope, David Goeckeler, and Chris Dedicoat

Tuesday Afternoon – June 27th, 2017

We have another time slot, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, that has a lot of potentially great session from a design perspective.

DEVNET-1794: DevNet Panel – Applying Design Thinking to Building Products in Cisco
BRKMPL-2112: MPLS WAN Backbone Solutions and Design for Enterprise and SP
BRKSEC-3699: Designing ISE for Scale & High Availability
BRKRST-2336: EIGRP Deployment in Modern Networks

I would select the DEVNET-1794 because I believe there will be a lot of great take a ways from a design perspective from this 45 minute session. After ending the DevNet session I would jump into BRKMPL-2112 a little late depending how far away it is. MPLS Technologies are really core requirements and prerequisites for Network Design and the CCDE Certification. I would go back after Cisco Live US 2017 and watch the other two sessions listed here.

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

BRKIPM-3017: Advanced mVPN Deployment Models

This is a great session to get into. Not a lot of people can talk to or understand the different mVPN profiles, the pros and cons of each, and then the Deployment Models. I would have some high expectations after taking this session.

7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

CCIE Exclusive party at Hakkasan

Wednesday Morning – June 28th, 2017

8:00 am – 10:00 am

BRKEWN-2013: High Density Wi-Fi Design, Deployment, and Optimization

10:30 am – 11:30 am

Security Keynote with Theresa Payton and John Stewart

Wednesday Afternoon – June 28th, 2017

12:15 pm – 12:30 pm

SOLEWN-2000: CLUS Network Topology

1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

BRKCRS-2501: Campus QOS Design-Simplified

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

BRKEWN-2670: Wireless Office Design Best Practices
BRKEWN-2016: Branch office Wireless LAN Design
BRKACI-2003: Cisco ACI Multi-Pod Design and Deployment

Three options here, this must be the Wireless Day or something. I left the ACI one here because I could see this being a great benefit to see where and how an orchestration / automation tool would be designed and deployed.

7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Customer Appreciation Event with Bruno Mars

Thursday – June 29th, 2017

I would prioritize BSOGEN-1003 which splits the day but I see a high level of benefit from a session like this. Because of prioritizing BSOGEN-1003, I would then schedule BRKSEC-2881 in the morning and BRKRST-2337 in the afternoon before the Celebrity Keynote starts at 3:00 pm.

8:30 am – 10:00 am

BRKSEC-2881: Designing Remote-Access and Site-to-Site IPSec networks with FlexVPN

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

BSOGEN-1003: Optimize and manage your Network as a Business

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

BRKRST-2337: OSPF Deployments in Modern Networks

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Celebrity Keynote with Bryan Cranston

5. Zigbits Cisco Live Recommendations (1:20:27)

1. Wear some nice comfortable shoes
2. Stay hydrated
3. Take breaks
4. Get some sleep
5. Don’t over book yourself
6. Make time for the unexpected… Make time for “Network Nirvana” discussions!

 

Related Resources

  • Paid for sessions cost break down:
    • Lab Instructor lead 2 hours – 295.00
    • Lab Instructor lead 4 hours – 695.00
    • Lab Instructor lead 8 hours – 1095.00
    • Technical Seminar 4 hours – 595.00
    • Technical Seminar 8 hours – 895.00

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Hosted By: Michael “Zig” Zsiga

Michael “Zig” Zsiga II, CCDE™ 2016::32, CCIE™ #44883 has been in the networking industry a little over 15 years. He is currently a Lead Technical Architect at ePlus in the New England region of the United States. Zig holds an active CCDE and two CCIE certifications, one in Routing and Switching and the second in Service Provider. Zig also holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science from Park University. Zig is a father, a husband, a United States Marine, a gamer, a nerd, a geek and a big soccer fan. Zig loves all technology and can usually be found in the lab learning and teaching others. Zig is a co-organizer of The Boston Network Operators Group (www.bosnog.org), runs multiple CCIE Study groups, and is a newly published author. Zig lives in New Hampshire, USA with his wife, Julie and their son Gunnar.