Cisco Live 2017 recap

Cisco live Europe 2018 (CLEUR) is in full swing and we can’t wait to find out about all the big things they have in store this year. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to attend this year but thank god for Social Media, you don’t have to miss out on one bit because everything is being live streamed and you can read everyone’s thoughts and experiences on Social Media platforms.

Currently it’s day three of this years CLEUR, so it’s too early to be giving you all the highlights. But fear not, we will be back with a blog about this year’s event. But for now, let’s look back at last years Cisco Live.

Don’t know what Cisco Live is? Cisco Live is a conference where IT professionals from all over the world unite, offering them the latest and greatest training and education on technologies crucial to driving business outcomes.

Learn, explore, connect, and be inspired by Cisco’s top experts, partners, and customers. The conference is organised every year on different locations around the world, so there will be a local Cisco live event near you. Missed out on Cisco Live Barcelona, but really want to visit a Cisco conference this year? Here are the other Cisco Live conferences for this year:

Up next:

  • Australia, Melbourne – 6th to 9th of March 2018
  • United States, Orlando, Florida – 10th to 14th of June 2018
  • Latin America, Mexico, Cancun – 4th to 7th of December 2018


Cisco Live Europe highlights 2017

Last year Cisco Live Europe took place in Berlin, where 12,000 people from 105 countries were welcomed. It was a jampacked conference with 700+ learning and development sessions. There were keynotes where you got an insight into Cisco’s strategy for emerging technology trends and market transitions. A talk about the future of what engineers must do to keep pace with the changing face of technology. And there were several technology innovation talks about next gen datacentres, security, collaboration, enterprise networking and let’s not forget cyber security. And of course many demos and stands where experts, partners and customers shared their expertise.

Keynote: Ruba Borno, Cisco’s Vice President of Growth Initiatives

Ruba shared Cisco’s vision on that the only future-proofed solution for digital transformation is the next-generation secure network.

The future for Engineers

There was a talk where engineers talked about what engineers must do to keep pace with the changing face of technology and how the simplicity Cisco provides can help you drive change.

Security talks

You learned how to integrate security solutions and how you could provide this to your customers. There were talks about security as well as demonstrations and showcases.

Learning about the transition of digitalization

There was a lot of information available for Engineers to learn what skillsets are needed now and for the future. Cisco provided information how to start your journey into new emerging technologies all the way to how to implement it.

Key message to keep in mind: Don’t fear change, embrace it and use it as a way to keep your own skillset current.

Hardware to Software

Managing director of architectures, Gordon Thomson, said the digitisation process was placing intense stresses on the enterprise networking infrastructure. Over the past 12 months, Cisco has been pushing its Digital Network Architecture (DNA) strategy, which Thomson summed up as overseeing the process of moving from a hardware-centric to a software-centric world.

Cisco wants to move a world where everything becomes far more programmable and automated and as they do that they hope to make things more secure and proactive. This will help customers build the networks of tomorrow.

Announcements and new products

Cisco announced a new purpose-built branch platform, Cisco Enterprise Network Compute System (ENCS 5400 Series) to accelerate enterprise network functions virtualisation (NFV) deployment. The ENCS 5400 Series will enable users to extend routing, security, wide area network (WAN) optimisation and other network services out to their branch office environments.

It also launched the Secure Agile Exchange to virtualise network perimeters and extend it to colocation centres, enabling businesses to connect customers, employees and partners with on-demand, virtualised networks.

On the security side, Cisco added a new version of its Identity Services Engine to offer much deeper insight into, and control of, users and devices on the network, including the ability to define “Defcon” policy sets to let businesses escalate their security posture in the event of a new threat.

Finally, Cisco upgraded its TrustSec product to include software-defined network segmentation capabilities to isolate attacks and restrict movement around the network. It said this would make security policy changes 98% faster than before, with a reduction of 80% in operational efforts for security teams, all the way from the edge, to the datacentre, to the cloud.

World of Solutions

At the World of Solutions there was a focus on SDN/ACI, Tetration Analytics, UCS and Cloud. There were multiple demonstrations showcasing ACI and Tetration innovations.

Tetration is a ground-breaking Cisco innovation. At the Tetration demonstration area, customers learned the details about end-end application visibility and automated white-list policies for granular segmentation.

When it comes to ACI they illustrated via demos how to manage multiple ACI pods from a single APIC cluster, enabling you to build networks that enable multi-data centre applications and disaster avoidance/recovery.

Besides hands-on demonstrations there were also many presentations.

Meet the Engineer

This was an interesting concept that gave you the opportunity to engage with a Cisco engineer in a one-on-one conversation focused on your unique questions and challenges.

DevNet zone

An area created to learn about the DevNet wave for the most advanced programmer all the way to someone who never has programmed before.


Cisco Live is the perfect location to mingle and meet new people in the field. It’s a great way to network. You benefit from the opportunity to interact with your peers, Cisco staff and partner technical experts in both formal and informal settings.

Gamification app

Cisco created an app to help you explore as much of Cisco Live as possible. The app would send you a pop-up when you come across interesting areas. Also, you could collect points for visiting as many areas, presentations, stands and scan QR codes. With these points you could win prizes. Prizes included amongst others an Apple Watch and a Sphero.

This was only just a small re-cap to give you an insight about what happened at Cisco Live last year. Don’t want to miss out on what is happening at Cisco Live 2018 right now? Click here fore the live stream.