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CiscoLive 2010: Day Two

The second day started with my favorite session so far and I did not expect it. I am not a programmer but I thought the UCS XML API session was great. I have heard a few times that all functionality to manage UCS via the UCS Manager, the XML API or the CLI is full featured but never dug deeper. Catherine Liao gave us 15 minute primer on XML, XML Schema, etc. to get us started. Then we got into a few ways you can code to the XML API and see API response and error handing. What brought out the geek in me was talking about different use cases. Here are the notes from that section:

1. Display System: You could use this type of example to generate a report of service profiles, etc. and you could include firmware version.

2. Mobile System Monitor, they have a beta iPhone app that uses the API. Took him about 80 hours to develop it. Check it out at

3. Auto provisioning of systems like what Cisco IT is using to deploy workloads.

The other highlight of the day was the keynote with John Chambers. I always like to hear him speak, he knows how to communicate his ideas very well to a crowd. The big WOW from the session was the announcement of the new Cisco Cius “See-Us” tablet device. The first reaction is that it is a competitor to the iPad but it really is focused as a collaboration tool using unified communication (with “Video as the new Voice”) being a key piece of it. Plus it is focused as a business, education or communication device. Afterward when everyone was leaving the event I noticed John Chambers still hanging out and talking with people. So I headed down and had a few minutes to chat with him and get a picture.

It was a pretty cool day that ended on the patio at the top of Mandalay Bay looking out on the strip listening to great live music from Phat Strad. Thanks to the Cisco datacenter group for organizing this fun event.

June 30, 2010 Posted by | General | , | Leave a comment