Many attendees would probably pick security or the Internet of Everything (IoE) as the pervasive theme — but software-defined networking (SDN) would be a legitimate choice, too. Cisco is now very aggressive about the technology that executives formerly wouldn’t even name, and the Application-Centric Infrastructure (ACI, now due out “this summer,” which technically could still mean “in the second quarter”) has become a foundational technology for Cisco’s future plans.
Enjoy the photos (we’re working on adding the oh-so-clever captions), and brace yourself for more show coverage to come.
The line for John Chambers' Monday keynote (entrance on the left).
Hired dancers pumped up the pre-keynote energy and made getting to your seat even more difficult.
It's not officially a keynote until Chambers walks the floor.
Cisco CMO Blair Christie and then-SF mayor Gavin Newsom share their 1989 looks. (This year marks the 25th anniversary of the first Cisco Live, so 1989 was a recurring theme.)
Why I don't always get the best shots: You have to get out of your seat, and that floor is cold.
Chief Demo Officer Jim Grubb (left) made his obligatory appearance in Chambers' keynote, showing how ACI makes the trains run on time.
After-keynote ritual: Chambers pals around with several dozen close friends.
Soni Jiandani, senior vice president with the former Insieme, preaches ACI to the crowd.
Cisco President Rob Lloyd on the expo floor. He's in there, trust me.
Blue Lang (the self-professed 'best beard in Cisco,' and I won't argue) helps Rob Soderbery demonstrate ... You know, I don't know what the demo was. I kept staring at the beard.
A Jim Grubb sighting on the expo floor.
That's Cisco Chairman Emeritus John Morgridge, right, with PR man extraordinaire David McCulloch. Keeping with the 25th Anniversary theme, Morgridge spoke to the press, reflecting on his career.
Catch up on our other Cisco Live coverage here (with more to come):
- DevOps, SDN, and Network Brokering: Vendors Storm Cisco Live
- Cisco Spruces Up ACI for Center Stage at Cisco Live
- Cisco Will ‘Lead the Industry’ in SDN, CEO Chambers Says
- Cisco’s SDN WAN Picture Has Shades of Cyan
- Cisco, Still Seeking Growth, Claims Its SDN Breakout Is Underway
- Featured Interview: Q&A with Robert Krohn of Cisco on onePK General Release, Upcoming CiscoLive