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SlideshowCisco Live Pics: The Full Malkovich!
Mitch Wagner
5/27/2014
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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.

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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...

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Mitch Wagner
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Mitch Wagner,
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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. 
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Mitch Wagner,
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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
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nasimson,
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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
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kq4ym,
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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
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nasimson,
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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
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sam masud,
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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
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Mitch Wagner,
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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.
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nasimson,
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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.
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