It’s almost here! This Monday, Cisco Live US 2016 – that’s #CLUS for the social media-minded – kicks off in Las Vegas. We’re looking forward to four days of learning, networking, and innovating for the Cisco community. Pack your bags with comfy shoes, because it’s going to be a big week.


Every year we look forward to the next Cisco Live for two reasons. For one, we get face time with some of our favorite people: You! When you bring together the world’s top IT and tech professionals to collaborate, good things are bound to happen. We’re excited to share our latest news with you and to work together on your business.


The other reason? We get to build on our fantastic work with our partners at Cisco. We’re proud of the great work we do here at NetApp, but it’s our close connection with Cisco that makes so much more possible. Like any great relationship, it goes both ways: This year, Cisco Live will run on FlexPod, Cisco and NetApp’s leading converged infrastructure platform. (As you read this, we’re  in Las Vegas setting up the convention!)


We’ve got a full slate of programming here at Booth 2523 in the Mandalay Convention Center, with walkthroughs, think tanks, presentations and show-floor talks. Take a walk through our events to help plan your week.


Come for the Keynote, Stay for the Think Tank
The #CLUS keynote address will be a highlight of the week. This year’s talk, titled “Digitization in a Cloud-Native World,” will feature Val Bercovici, our Solidfire CTO, along with Trey Laytona and Sandra Rivera of EMC and Intel, respectively.


In the keynote, Val, Trey and Sandra will catch you up on our latest work with Cisco. As we know, every business is a technology business in today’s world. Tech may give us a competitive edge, but it’s up to IT professionals like you to quickly navigate the increasingly complicated terrain. At the talk, you’ll learn how to power digitization success with NetApp and Cisco.


Earlier in the week at our Think Tank, it’s all eyes on FlexPod. We’ll run through the Cisco Live Network Operations Center (NOC), and examine some of the performance metrics from Cisco Live Europe earlier this year.   Discover new FlexPod achievements in performance, agility and economics leveraging All Flash FAS, Cisco UCS and Nexus.


Throughout the event, you can also catch NetApp in the Solutions Theater for brief, 15-minute product presentations. We’ll also be at the D.C. Education Zone Wednesday with a short FlexPod talk on what to expect when it comes to reference architectures.

  • Keynote: Wednesday, July 13, 10:30-11:30 a.m, Mandalay Bay Convention Center
  • Think Tank: Monday, July 11, 1:30-2 p.m., The Hub
  • Solutions Theater: Monday, July 11, 4:45-5 p.m. & Wednesday, July 11, 1-1:15 p.m., East Theater
  • FlexPod Presentation: Wednesday, 2:40-2:50 p.m., D.C. Education Zone

Around the World in 80 Hours
When you’re not sitting in on a talk, head over to the World of Solutions booth 2523 to spend some time with the NetApp team. Get the latest scoop on our services, run through a demo and maybe even win a prize.


At our booth, we’ll be running through demonstrations of our products. Stick around to learn more about FlexPod, SolidFire, and Cisco Cloud Architecture:

  • CCA with Microsoft Cloud Platform: CCA-MCP 2.0, edge-Cloud end-user experience
  • FlexPod: AFF with SQL, AFF with VMware, AFF with VDI, AltaVault
  • SolidFire: OpenStack, Docker, MetaPod
  • Other: Iaas with Puppet, docker/containers

Don’t see a demo for your product? Ask a booth representative for more information.


At the booth, you can show off your IT know-how with our ITIQ trivia game. Do you have what it takes to win the top prize? We’ll also be raffling off three 3D printers – you won’t want to miss that.


See You at #CLUS!
This year, there are so many ways to participate in NetApp’s events at Cisco Live US, whether you’re joining a talk, requesting a demo, connecting with the team, or even sharing your experience with your social media followers (#CLUS). Come get involved!


Just as we value our deep partnership with Cisco, we value our customers like you. We can’t wait for you to arrive.

NetApp Staff