Last week I was in San Francisco speaking at Cisco Live! (used to be called Cisco Networkers) and it an awesome event. First off, it was only about 70 degrees there which was 35-40 degrees cooler than here in Austin and that in of itself was worth the trip. Cisco also got smart and changed the hours so that the we could all sleep in a little later every morning and therefore party a little harder every night which combined with the great weather made for some interesting evenings...
I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to give presentations in the SolarWinds booth, in Cisco's Theatre, and within some breakout rooms and afterwards to chat with several network engineers and network managers. We shared some great discussions on new technology and trends but one thing really stuck with me - there are still a lot of folks out there that haven't deployed what I consider to be "meat and potatoes" technologies like QoS, NetFlow, Network Configuration Management, and in some cases basic network monitoring.
If you find yourself in this boat, drop me a line as I'd love to pick your brain a bit. Otherwise, stay tuned as I'll be providing some information on the items above to help you get started with each.
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