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Bruno Messina
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From June 4 to 9, 2023, Cisco Live Las Vegas is one of Cisco’s most important customer and partner events of the year. Cisco Live will be hosted in the Mandalay Bay Conference Center, and the network management will be done by the Cisco Network Operations Center (NOC) team. The NOC provides the networking capability to the supplemental sites that are part of Cisco Live. 

The NOC setup is a combination of Cisco and NetApp® ONTAP® components, starting with Cisco UCS, Nexus, and NetApp MetroCluster in a FlexPod® configuration. The Cisco NOC is by definition mission critical, because it runs all the virtual machines for the Cisco network that runs Cisco Live.

The Cisco NOC is visible directly from the main exhibit hall during the event. Here’s a picture of the NOC from 2022, Cisco Live Las Vegas.

Cisco Live Network Operations Center (NOC)

Cisco Live demo network station

Cisco UCS is a perfect compute extension of a Cisco network. And, in turn, FlexPod—with its ONTAP storage arrays—is an outstanding storage extension for UCS and your Cisco network, because it’s thoroughly tested against multiple versions of all major modern and enterprise workloads from the edge to the core to the cloud. Thousands of customers around the world trust the inherent reliability of a Cisco network with FlexPod.

FlexPod logo

FlexPod is not only the NOC provider for the Las Vegas conference—it was also the NOC provider for Cisco Live EMEA 2023. In addition, FlexPod has been the NOC provider for the last 10 in-person Cisco Live conferences and will power the next couple Cisco Lives. Cisco trusts FlexPod for its most important events over the last decade, and so should you.

Learn more

To learn more about FlexPod and the Cisco NOC at Cisco Live Las Vegas:

  • Stop by the Cisco NOC (at the far edge of the exhibit hall for Cisco Live) and get a tour from Bobby Oommen, senior manager of FlexPod Solutions at NetApp. You can learn about how FlexPod runs all of Cisco Live’s mission-critical show workloads and VMs.
  • Visit the NetApp booth at 7510 or 7112 on the exhibition floor.
  • Take a test drive on the Aston Martin Formula 1 race simulator in the NetApp booth, and learn how FlexPod powers mission-critical workloads for Aston Martin’s racing team:
NetApp racing simulator, NetApp booth
  • Attend our session and learn about FlexPod from Mike Hommer (NetApp Partner Field CTO) at two Cisco Live talks:
    • FlexPod: A secure, smart, and sustainable foundation for your hybrid cloud journey
    • Aston Martin with FlexPod, a winning team

To register for Cisco Live or learn more about FlexPod, visit:

Bruno Messina

Bruno Messina joined NetApp in 2018 and works in product marketing for FlexPod. His previous experience includes a career in product marketing of UCS servers for Cisco Systems and Solaris server marketing and competitive analysis at both Oracle and Sun Microsystems, where he joined in 2000. Bruno spent ten years in various roles of competitive analysis and product management at Sun Microsystems, leading analysis in both the workgroup and enterprise servers. Prior to Sun Microsystems, Bruno spent time finishing his MBA education and worked for two years at Cadence working on product marketing for both board-level and board timing tools. Bruno holds both a BSEE and MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y.

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