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Wish You Had Been Here: Postcards from CiscoLive 2018

Jun 22, 2018

Last week, thousands of people attended CiscoLive US in Orlando – the premier event for network professionals around the globe. It was five days of intense learning, making new connections and witnessing the future of networking. If you happened to miss out on this year’s event, we’re recapping the top storylines and ideas presented during the show, specifically around key networking workflows: security, troubleshooting, change management and SDN.

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What’s the buzz? Tell me what’s a-happening . . .

To the surprise of no one, software-defined everything — SDN, SD-WAN, SDDC (software-defined data center) — dominated the conversation. As businesses steadily move in the SD direction, it’s clear that SDN has gone from early-adopter to early-mainstream stage.  No longer flavor of the month in the hype cycle, SDN is starting to “get real” for network engineers.

No longer flavor of the month in the hype cycle, SDN is starting to “get real” for network engineers.


Specifically, we saw that Cisco ACI adoption is picking up market momentum, with many companies deploying large-scale ACI fabric for production traffic.

We heard a lot about how enterprises are struggling to maintain visibility (topological, path and traffic) and control (security, service availability and performance) during this transition. Consequently, the need for end-to-end service visibility, security and policy enforcement was a major theme throughout this year’s Cisco Live.

Open integration continues to be “table stakes” for  network management solutions — integrating external data sources for processing in another system.

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What NetBrain showcased at Cisco Live

Our NetBrain team was busy presenting a wealth of information during CiscoLive, including:

  • Founder and CEO Lingping Gao hosting a ThinkTank session for attendees, speaking on the hidden challenges of network automation in the age of SDN and beyond, sharing his unique insights and perspectives to help network engineers succeed.
  • Grant Ho, NetBrain’s SVP of Marketing, taught attendees how to break down silos and empower a more collaborative workforce. Focusing on the top challenges of today’s workflows, Grant explained how visibility and automation can help remove common roadblocks to execute more effective and successful NOCs.
  • NetBrain’s Director of Product Marketing and network engineer by trade, Jason Baudreau, taught audiences about achieving agile network operations for hybrid infrastructrues and enhancing cybersecurity through automation during his two sessions during the week.
  • Cisco and NetBrain have teamed up to combine the power of NetBrain automation with the expertise of Cisco TAC.  You can now run NetBrain-collected network data through thousands of Cisco diagnostic scripts via API integration, with the result of those diagnoses, along with recommended remediation methods, presented visually on your Dynamic Map.

Visitors to our newly designed exhibit also got an inside look at our latest product update, Integrated Edition 7.1. And we showcased our newest partnership with HCL’s NetBot, which allows us to advance automation capabilities, and our integration with Cisco ACI to support ACI and hybrid network environments.

Check back soon for videos and more on these sessions and other learnings from Cisco Live that will give you the inside look at the event and its key takeaways.