Light Reading
SlideshowCisco Live Pics: The Full Malkovich!
Mitch Wagner
5/27/2014
50%
50%

The Cisco community converged on San Francisco for Cisco Live last week, to hash out the latest advances in networking for carriers and the enterprise, as well as dance, play, and eat.

Light Reading was there, along with our trusty cameras. Click the image of the dancer below to start an image gallery of highlights from the conference.

And don't miss our other recent Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) coverage:

 

Full Malkovich
That's me wearing Oculus Rift virtual reality goggles. Cisco set up a demo showing how network operators can go into cyberspace to monitor the network and diagnose problems. In the demo, your avatar walks around a cartoon data center, looking at servers and switches. Information appears on floating (virtual) screens, or on an iPad in the avatar's hands. At one point, I was looking at a virtual iPad inside a simulated data center, showing data about a simulated network running on a real Cisco UCS server on the real Cisco Live show network, noted David Ward, Cisco Senior Vice President, Chief Architect, and Chief Technology Officer-Development. 'You're full Malkovich now!' he added. When I asked him whether the demo is practical, he immediately replied, 'No, but it's f-ing cool!' Fair enough...
That's me wearing Oculus Rift virtual reality goggles. Cisco set up a demo showing how network operators can go into cyberspace to monitor the network and diagnose problems. In the demo, your avatar walks around a cartoon data center, looking at servers and switches. Information appears on floating (virtual) screens, or on an iPad in the avatar's hands. At one point, I was looking at a virtual iPad inside a simulated data center, showing data about a simulated network running on a real Cisco UCS server on the real Cisco Live show network, noted David Ward, Cisco Senior Vice President, Chief Architect, and Chief Technology Officer-Development. "You're full Malkovich now!" he added. When I asked him whether the demo is practical, he immediately replied, "No, but it's f—ing cool!" Fair enough...

— Mitch Wagner, Circle me on Google+ Follow me on TwitterVisit my LinkedIn profileFollow me on Facebook, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading. Got a tip about SDN or NFV? Send it to wagner@lightreading.com.

(8)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
Mitch Wagner
50%
50%
Mitch Wagner,
User Rank: Lightning
5/29/2014 | 1:58:41 PM
Re: what was the most surprising part
nasimon - I've seen a lot of resistance to videoconferencing in places where I've worked. That's just one, anecdotal example though. 
Mitch Wagner
50%
50%
Mitch Wagner,
User Rank: Lightning
5/28/2014 | 3:57:16 PM
Re: what was the most surprising part
sam masud - Well, steak would have gone bad on the planeride home, but she seemed to particularly appreciate her kibble and canned food. 
nasimson
50%
50%
nasimson,
User Rank: Light Sabre
5/28/2014 | 3:22:01 PM
Re: what was the most surprising part
@kq4ym: I have seen both in action and it's significantly different. You can't do a training session with a few in person and a few remote people using Skype or google. Also have you ever noticed how do the people at the farther end of the table appear to the other side? They are hardly visible.
kq4ym
50%
50%
kq4ym,
User Rank: Light Sabre
5/28/2014 | 9:54:16 AM
Re: what was the most surprising part
Although Cisco may not be a "shoe-in" for success in the teleconferencing market they certain seemed to have put on a good show this time. I'm still wondering why there's a market for fairly expensice setups when Google and Skype can provide really simple capabilities for video calling?
nasimson
50%
50%
nasimson,
User Rank: Light Sabre
5/27/2014 | 11:31:19 PM
Re: what was the most surprising part
Video Conferencing, in particular TelePresence is a major IT solution in large enterprises. A head of a major bank who had to fly 2 hours one way three to four times a week simplified his routine by having a tele presence setup at just two of his offices. He would call in his direct reports into a room in their local office with Cisco TelePresence setup. This is just one example.
sam masud
50%
50%
sam masud,
User Rank: Light Sabre
5/27/2014 | 3:46:01 PM
Re: what was the most surprising part
The Minnie pix is my favorite! Hope you took her home some stake from the shindig...
Mitch Wagner
50%
50%
Mitch Wagner,
User Rank: Lightning
5/27/2014 | 1:51:43 PM
Re: what was the most surprising part
The aha moment? Well, the s-bomb keynote was interesting not just for the s-bomb, but also for discussion of Cisco's virtualization strategy.

Cisco's try at simplifying videoconferencing was intriguing. I wonder whether most people are interested in videoconferencing, no matter how simple it is.
nasimson
50%
50%
nasimson,
User Rank: Light Sabre
5/27/2014 | 12:21:54 PM
what was the most surprising part
@ Mitch:

This looks really exciting. So what was the most surprising part of the Cisco Live - the "ah" moment apart from the word sh@# in the keynote.
From The Founder
Against the odds, Huawei is growing its telecoms networking equipment business in the US -- that should be ringing some alarm bells for domestic vendors.
Flash Poll
Live Streaming Video
CLOUD / MANAGED SERVICES: Prepping Ethernet for the Cloud
Moderator: Ray LeMaistre Panelists: Jeremy Bye, Leonard Sheahan
Between the CEOs
Metaswitch's New CEO Martin Lund Discusses His Role

9|2|15   |   11:27   |   (2) comments


Technology industry veteran Martin Lund joins Metaswitch Networks this week as the company's new CEO. In this interview, Lund discusses his new role and the industry's progress with Light Reading CEO Steve Saunders. Lund believes that the industry disruption caused by SDN and NFV is creating opportunities for companies like Metaswitch – network software providers ...
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
Nominum on Leveraging the Power of DNS to Deliver Superior Subscriber Experiences

9|2|15   |   07:13   |   (0) comments


Nominum CEO Gary Messiana talks about the challenges service providers face in competing for a much more sophisticated customer, a customer that has heightened expectations for more personalized and compelling digital experiences. Providers are focusing their efforts on delivering higher value subscriber services, retaining their existing customers and increasing ...
Between the CEOs
CEO Chat With Jeff Miller, ActiveVideo

8|28|15   |   19:05   |   (0) comments


Jeff Miller, President and CEO of ActiveVideo, talks to Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders about the impact of virtualization on the TV and video distribution market.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Vodafone: Mobile Money Is About Customer Trust

8|27|15   |   06.36   |   (0) comments


Light Reading spoke with Vodafone's Ian Ravenscroft about the unique responsibilities and opportunities facing operators handling customers' financial transactions over the network.
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
Palo Alto Networks on Expanding in the Carrier/Service Provider Market

8|26|15   |   07:54   |   (0) comments


Alfred Lee from Palo Alto Networks tells Steve Saunders about their new chassis-based system, the PA-7080, and how it can benefit service providers compared to legacy firewalls.
LRTV Custom TV
Global Services Forum Preview

8|25|15   |   02:36   |   (0) comments


Light Reading's CEO and Founder Steve Saunders talks about Huawei's upcoming Global Services Forum with the help of Heavy Reading's Patrick Donegan and Teresa Mastrangelo.
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
Infoblox on DNS Threat Index

8|19|15   |   04:39   |   (0) comments


Dilip Pillaipakam from Infoblox talks to Steve Saunders about his company's core network services.
Between the CEOs
CEO Chat With Ihab Tarazi, Equinix

8|14|15   |   20:18   |   (1) comment


Equinix CTO Ihab Tarazi talks to Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders about the dramatic changes in the data center, cloud and interconnect markets and discusses the impact of SDN and NFV in the coming years.
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
The Netformx Ecosystem

8|14|15   |   09:39   |   (1) comment


Ittai Bareket, CEO of Netformx, talks with Steve Saunders about the Netformx Ecosystem, which employs cutting-edge prescriptive analytics to help solution providers maximize profits.
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
Versa Networks on Leveraging VNFs

8|12|15   |   07:37   |   (0) comments


Kumar Mehta, founder and CEO of stealth mode startup Versa Networks, talks with Steve Saunders about how providers can best leverage virtualized network functions (VNFs).
LRTV Custom TV
Transforming the Network Through OPNFV

8|5|15   |   7:09   |   (0) comments


Sandra Rivera, VP Data Center Group; GM Network Platforms Group, Intel Corporation, on OPNFV Arno and how the industry is coming together to accelerate the deployment of NFV and transform the network.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei ONS Product Demo

8|3|15   |   6:01   |   (0) comments


Huawei shows at Open Networking Summit 2015 in Santa Clara how its SDN and NFV solutions embrace openness.
Upcoming Live Events
September 16-17, 2015, The Westin Galleria Dallas, Dallas, TX
September 16, 2015, The Westin Galleria Dallas, Dallas, TX
September 16, 2015, The Westin Galleria Dallas, Dallas, TX
September 29-30, 2015, The Westin Grand Müchen, Munich, Germany
October 14-15, 2015, New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LA
November 5, 2015, Hilton Santa Clara, Santa Clara, CA
November 17, 2015, Santa Clara, California
December 1, 2015, The Westin Times Square, New York City
December 2, 2015, The Westin Times Square, New York City
All Upcoming Live Events
Infographics
Cisco's cloud and virtualization portfolio can increase business agility and innovation by building a more flexible network architecture.
Hot Topics
T-Mobile CEO Plays Data Traffic Cop
Sarah Thomas, Editorial Operations Director, 8/31/2015
CEO Chat With Bill Gates
Steve Saunders, CEO and founder, Light Reading, 8/31/2015
Time to Monetize Cable WiFi
Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, 8/31/2015
New Apple TV: More $$, Not Content – Report
Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, 8/31/2015
Ex-AlcaLu Boss Tasked With Bolstering Altice
Iain Morris, News Editor, 9/1/2015
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
September 16, 2015
Wi-Fi First or Second?
September 22, 2015
Media Begins With “Me”
Webinar Archive
BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
Technology industry veteran Martin Lund joins Metaswitch Networks this week as the company's new CEO. In this interview, Lund discusses his new role and the industry's progress with Light Reading CEO Steve Saunders. Lund believes that the industry disruption caused by SDN and NFV is creating opportunities for companies like Metaswitch – network software providers with the agility to embrace new technologies quickly and the ability to deliver on substantial projects for global network operators.
The scene: Last Saturday, lunchtime, the interior of a shi-shi-foo-foo eatery in Manhattan's SoHo district.
Cats with Phones
It's a New Age... Click Here
When smartphones replace stuffed animals.