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Cisco Live 2020 still took place this year, entirely online. While the COVID-19 pandemic made an in-person event impossible, Cisco still made the most of a full 2 days of sessions (rather than the usual 5). Even better, all the sessions can now be found in on-demand format, to be revisited or discovered anytime.

The live broadcast began with an inspiring speech by Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins. It then split into four "channels":
  • The Possibilities Channel
  • The Innovation Channel
  • The IT Heroes Channel
  • The IT Leadership Channel

I spent most of my time on the IT Heroes Channel, as it seemed to contain the most technical content.

Cisco introduced some exciting new technology during these sessions, including:

A couple of notable sessions I enjoyed watching were Multicloud Networking for ACI and NX-OS Enabled Data Center Fabrics, led by Lukas Krattiger and Massimiliano Ardica, and Unleashing Innovation with 5G and Wi-Fi 6 by Robert Everson.

Unfortunately, there wasn't much time for deep technical sessions. Very few sessions were accepted for the live broadcast in comparison to those that were slated for the usual, in-person conference.

However, there are currently over 275 sessions available in the Cisco Live 2020 on-demand library. They can all be seen for free with a Cisco.com account. Once my fellow technical instructors and I have time to review these videos, we'll compile a "Best of Cisco Live 2020" list for you that can also be ideally and easily paired with our existing Learning Paths.

Cisco Live 2021 is slated for Las Vegas on June 6th-10th, 2021. Let's hope we all get to see each other there in person!

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Brian McGahan, CCIE #8593, CCDE #2013::13
About Brian McGahan, CCIE #8593, CCDE #2013::13

At the age of 20, Brian McGahan earned his first CCIE in Routing & Switching, and became known as the “youngest engineer in the world.” He continued on to earn CCIE certifications in Security, Service Provider, and Data Center. Brian has developed and taught for INE since 2002, setting the bar for CCIE training and helping thousands of engineers obtain their own certifications--we’re proud to have such an accomplished and driven instructor on the INE team. When he is not developing new products for INE, he consults with large ISPs and enterprise customers. You may contact Brian McGahan at bmcgahan@ine.com or find him helping others in INE’s IEOC Community Forum.

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