Cisco Live Monday Keynote – Live Blog

Today kicks off the first day of Cisco Live and I will be live blogging the opening keynote with John Chambers. It will definitely be an exciting keynote.

 3:35 pm PT

The Cisco keynote just started with a video on the Internet of Everything. Showing several examples of how the Internet is going to evolve according to Cisco. Some very compelling examples are part of the video.

Blair Christie Cisco CMO is kicking off the presentation

 3:36 pm PT

She’s speaking about the fact that the first Cisco Live 25 years ago had only 200 people, today they have over 25,000 people!

3:38 pm PT


3:39 pm PT

Blair invites Gavin Newson, Lieutenant governor of the state of California to the stage. He discusses partnerships with Cisco and the state of California.

3:46 pm PT

Here’s some pictures I grabbed as everyone was coming in!


3:47 pm PT

Blair discusses that there will be 190 exabytes of mobile traffic on the Internet by 2016. She discusses how the 10 million connected cars will be rolled out by BMW beginning next year. There will also be 50 billion things connected to the Internet by next year.

3:51 pm PT

She goes over the use of car sensors and using connected billboards to deliver ads, depending on car speed. She notes that Tomorrow Starts Here!

3:53 pm PT

John Chambers takes the stage, it’s his 23 Cisco Live and 19th year as CEO of Cisco. John is discussing the rate of change growing exponentially in IT. Talking about the fact that many companies will have to change their business models quicker than ever.

3:58 pm PT

The Nexus 9000 ASICs were developed in 14 months, twice as fast as usual, and things are accelerating still!

Chambers shows a slide with many of Cisco’s old competitors that are out of business. Says Cisco needs to change and it will change. Says that Cisco’s customers will need to change as well. They will need to embrace the Internet of Everything.

4:03 pm PT

The Internet of Everything must be simple and seamless.  This requires fast innovation and fast IT. It also requires the right architecture. It’s about catching the transition as things move to IP.

4:04 pm PT



4:07 pm PT

To speed up the time to market, Cisco has a plan of build, partner and acquire.

4:09 pm PT

Architectures bring the Internet of Everything to life – good thing Cisco has VCE!

Chambers is  discussing the Application Centric Infrastructure, it’s a consistent policy of cloud, WAN, and data center.


4:12 pm PT

Chambers says that ACI simplifies process and saves money and that Cisco will lead SDN. He states that ACI is 75% of TCO savings vs plain SDN.

4:14 pm PT

Chambers: Competition in the future is “white label” boxes.

He’s stating that ACI has an advantage because of custom + merchant ASICs.

4:22 pm PT

Chambers says that Cisco will lead in collaboration by making their products simpler to use. By making real self-learning networks and improving security architectures.

He wants to combine customer’s clouds together and become number one in clouds.

Chambers calls up Jim Grubb to do a demo of the Internet of Everything. The demo is about transportation. Its about connecting the trains, the platform, the data center, the tracks and more.

4:23 pm PT


4:30 pm PT

The demo is showing how using fog computing and ACI can be used to more efficiently use the trains, tracks and stations. He is showing how he can communicate with customers and help them buy tickets, and steer customers to the right places to improve satisfaction.

He is also showing off the new Telepresence “Touch” DX-80.

 4:32 pm PT

He is now doing a demo using collaboration for remote expert help.


4:38 pm PT

Chambers says that the Internet of Everything is not about just connecting everything, it’s about innovation and using it in a usable way.

 4:41 pm PT

Shell EVP, CIO, Alan Matula, now takes the stage with John Chambers to discuss how they’re using the Internet of Everything.

Mr. Matula is talking about the fact that to be innovative you have to “support failure” and always look for new ways of doing things.

Shell uses sensors in their shale drilling and uses command centers in central offices to control the drill bits since that is where their experts are located.

Shell also uses Cisco technology to improve their security posture since that is one of their most important requirements.

4:50 pm PT

Another example for using the Internet of Everything watching the weather through mobile devices and tracking it with big data.

John brings up the CIO of The Weather Company, Bryson Koehler, to discuss how he uses big data to predict the weather.

 4:55 pm PT


4:59 pm PT

The Internet of Everything will not just impact you today, but in the future as well. Chambers reiterates that the foundation for the Internet of Everything is core technologies and architecture. He notes that fast innovation requires fast IT – VCE can help customers deploy their IT infrastructure faster and more reliably!

5:02 pm PT

Chambers concludes by dancing off the stage.

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