We will talk about little things that can add up to making big differences in your network. Items like loopback interfaces, routing protocol best practices, redundancy best practices, ACL's and so forth. Please join us for an evening of discussion and please bring some of YOUR best tips, tricks and traps that you can share with the group if you have any!
January 2014 - Catalyst 3850 and Converged Access
For January, we will be covering the Catalyst 3850 Switch as well as discussin what Unified Access is and how it can be deployed in you environment.
The Catalyst 3850 switch was released last year and included some significant changes and upgrades to previous generations of stackable switches like 3750-X. Biggest among the changes is that the 3850 now included Wireless LAN Controller functionality built into the OS.
Join us in January to disucss some of the finer point of the new 3850 as well as how to integrate it into your network. Our agenda will include:
• Catalyst 3850 Hardware/Feature Overview
• Evolving Technology Requirements
• Introduction to Unified Access
• Technical Overview to Unified Access
• Unified Access Product Sets and Roadmap
We will finish up the presentation with a configuration demo on live hardware.
November 2013 Wild Packets
When you have to be certain that you are not missing anything, you need to get to the heart of the matter, that’s what we call the “packets”. If it’s an application issue or a security attack, or just understanding the nature of your traffic and connections, nothing is as precise as having recorded the packets and rewinding to see the activity! With the right equipment and understanding, collecting packets can be made easy in wireless, wired or virtual environments. Visibility at a high level may provide an interesting view, but if you really want to be effective, you need a way to zoom all the way down to ground zero.
WildPackets has learned how to tame those elusive packets that always seem to hide behind mountains of data, providing a simple forensic path to understanding your traffic and your environment.
Packets Don’t Lie
Is it the Network or the Application? Working in Virtual environments including the Nexus 1000V Working in Wireless environments doing multiple channel captures and leveraging a Cisco wireless controller The Value of Distributed and Forensic Analysis
October 2013 - Robert Yee - Software Defined Networking (SDN): Network Cure-All or Network Snake-Oil?
Over the last few years, the idea of Software Defined Networks have garnered a lot interest. However, for most of us, the term "SDN" remains relatively esoteric and if you ask a roomful of engineers what is SDN, you are likely to get a roomful of different answers.
During this presentation, we will breakdown and define where SDN comes from and what is it is. We will also take a broad look at the industry and then focus on what Cisco's SDN strategy for the network is.
August 2013 - Jason Bomar - Evaluating MPLS Services for the WAN
July 2013 - Jason Bomar - Midsize DC Design
We have covered a number of deep dive data center technologies in the resent sessions. This session will strive to tie these technologies together for the midsize DC. We will overview on technologies like VPC, Fabric Path, ISSU, FEX etc, and we will tie it back to designing for growth and scalability. This will be an interactive session – so please look at YOUR DC and come with questions specific to YOUR environment so you can take away some real world advice!
May 2013 - Rober Yee - Campus Access Layer Design – Picking the Right Technology and Architecture for Your Network
How many years has it been since your last access layer switch refresh? If it has been more than a few years, then it's probably time to take a closer look at what things have stayed the same, but more importantly what other things have changed. Drivers like the need to moe PoE, wireless mobility, BYOD all play a factor in deciding what your next generation of access layer will look like.
May's SCCUG session will cover:
- Understanding business trends and new requirements for your switch upgrade
- Translating business requirements to technical requirements
- Overview of Cisco's access converged access (wired and wireless) portfolio and roadmap
- Design considerations for campus access switching
April 2013 - Robert Yee: Cisco FabricPath: Moving Beyond Spanning Tree in the Data Center
In the last 5 years, requirements for the network have evolved very quickly. Virtualization, low latency, Data center interconnect are just some of the pressures being put in the data center's network.
New architectures and new features like FabricPath have been created to help meet these new requirements. In April's meeting, we will focus on Cisco's FabricPath and how is can take the place of Spanning Tree in your data center. We will look at:
- What is FabricPath?
- How did is Evolve?
- What platforms run FabricPath
- How to configure
March 2013 - Andy Bow, Cisco CSE - Cisco's Unified Computing System (UCS) has not been on the market for 3 years and in that short time, UCS has taken the spot as the #2 blade server vendor. During March's SCCUG, we will discuss the changes on the Data Center that have given Cisco the opportunity to be a real contender in a crowded server market (and why).