In my current position I am the whole network department, so daily interactions with other network people is mostly done via social media and the occasional phone call with former colleagues or some vendors trying to push their gear.
Therefore I am very happy that I was able to have a yearly visit to Cisco Live added to my contract, when I got the job. Going to Cisco Live means I get to hear about all the stuff I don't touch daily, and I always get inspiration to do gradual improvements to my existing setup, even though there may not always be money to replace equipment.
Some of the goals I have achieved in the past, going to to Cisco Live is:
- Learn to trouble shoot in depth the specific routers and switches in my network
- Gain insight in potential improvements in convergence time
- Prepare for IPv6 on an international network (We have locations in six countries, with different providers in each country. In some countries we use more than one provider)
- Help define which improvements and upgrades will have the greatest benefit.
This year I am going to expand on some design issues I have, but I also want to learn more about SDN, and probably NXOS, neither of which I have any practical experience with.
I would also love to talk to other people with their experience with GNS3, IOU, and other comparable tools, as I don't have much lab equipment, and I am pursuing a CCNP, just to help me keep motivated on learning stuff that I don't touch on a daily basis.
The last time I was at Cisco Live, I was mostly lurking on twitter, and met once with some of the more active tweeps.
This time I am going to be more active before and during the event, in the hope that someone may spot a common interest, and if someone arranges one or more tweetups, I'll probably join.
For starters, I've created a twitter list, https://twitter.com/svindlerdk/cleur2013, where I am going to add attendants and sponsors for the event.@zptoth have created a brillant webpage with an interactive map of the list members. The list is open for anyone who wants to be added.
The list will be announced on twitter with the hashtag #CLEUR, once in a while, to hopefully gain interest, and to keep people updated on what's going on with the list.
I am also available for talk on Facebook and on Linkedin.
I also occasionally log in to Cisco Live 365 but have yet to gain social contact that way. I have used it to download a few presentations.
Please comment or contact me as @svindlerdk on twitter, or any other way you want, in case you have questions or recommendations.