ZNDP 006 – Cisco Live US 2017 – Recap

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.



Cisco Live Depression…Cisco Live Blues!

What are the Cisco Live Blues???

I’m on Video! (00:02:28)

 #CLUS Social Media Overview Video (00:04:31)

I was in the right place at the right time to be given a chance to do this Social Media Overview Video Commercial for the folks at the Social Hub.  The topic of this commercial was focused around the Social impact that Cisco Live has on this community, how it brings this community together meeting people face to face, and really embracing each other because of it.

Engineering Death Match (00:06:11)

  • What is the Engineering Death Match
  • Where can you find The Engineering Deathmatch
  • What was each episode about
    • Monday’s topic was Routing & Switching design
    • Wednesday’s topic was Data Center design
  • I will post on social media when the two episodes are published


 The Network Collective (00:09:09)

  • What is The Network Collective?
  • Where can you find The Network Collective?
  • The episode’s topic was around the future of the Network Architect and Network Engineer roles in the Enterprise space.
  • I will post on social media when the episode is published

The Badge…(00:12:24)

  • First version “Zig”… I always have to be different, a special snowflake with rainbows, glitter, and unicorns
  • Second version… without “Zig” 🙁


Family (00:13:54)

  • We Didn’t have as much time as we did last year because we had taken a trip to Georgia right before.
  • I prefer arriving a couple of days earlier, which is what I did last year, verse arriving on Sunday like this year.  The timezone change really messed with my internal clock.
  • Our hotel for this trip was The Luxor.  It was a Good place and I’m glad I stayed here once but I probably won’t come back again.


My CCIE Family (00:16:21)

  • Steven, Kyle, and I were able to come back again this year
  • We had a new addition, Jason
  • Steven, Kyle, and I brought our wives
  • We made some lasting traditions this year


Cisco Champion (00:17:46)

  • Front row seats for the Keynotes!

I’m a CCIE / CCDE (00:18:55)

  • That moment of Getting the CCDE ribbon for the first time 🙂
  • They had the tattoo station again this year and I didn’t find time to do it. 🙁

CCDE Study Group (00:20:26)

CCIE Party (00:21:46)

CLUS17 CCIE Party > CLUS16 CCIE Party!!  The Bar has been set properly this year. Wall of Donuts! #WallOfDonuts Enough Said!


Customer Appreciation Event (00:23:07)

  • Bruno Mars
    • Great Seats!  Front Row Seats!
    • Got early access badges for helping out the Social Team


Meeting People (00:26:07)

Met a lot of friends from previous years, made a lot of new friends, and put more faces to twitter handles than ever before.


Super Hero!!  Its Super Zig! (00:29:31)


 Keynotes (00:31:17)


Overall summary (00:33:50)

  • SDA
  • Network Intuitive
  • New Cat 9K

Hosted By: Michael “Zig” Zsiga

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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.