Is anyone still basking in the awesomeness that is Cisco Live 2013?  As you scroll through the photos below you may see why most of who attended from here at EMC still are in post Cisco Live mode even with VMworld right around the corner.

 

Cisco Live continues to be one of the best IT events in the industry where each year Ciscopushes the boundaries as to what these IT conferences have the potential to be.  A networking conference in more than one sense of the word, this conference has increasingly become more and more about convergence, integration, and an open flow of ideas. (Please take a moment to appreciate the numerous tech puns dropped in the last sentence.  My attempts at wit and humor are a work in progress... at best.)

 

So where could you find EMC at this event?  Well, quite frankly...everywhere.

 

Need a ride to the conference?  The vFridge was such a big hit we thought we would try some vBuses...

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Where could you find us on the showfloor?  The best place: Booth #1031

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Numerous sessions and presentations across the show floor in partner booths such as Intel, VCE, and Cisco Solutions theatres.A sincere thank you to all of our partners for your continued support.

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We loved having our sessions crashed by the wonderful @CommsNinja & Engineers Unplugged...

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Sir Richard Branson's keynote, sponsored by EMC, was every bit inspiring, charming, humorous, and like the man himself, memorable on so many levels.

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Seeing the support for EMC from so many conference attendees on our last day was both rewarding and reassuring.

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And if all of the above was not enough, we had the incredible privilege of having John Chambers and Gary Moore stop by our booth during the show.

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Along the way we had some great opportunities for our subject matters experts, such as the EMC Elect to meet the Cisco CCIEs and network at various events during and after the show. It is such a rewarding experience to see the continued support of one of our strongest partners both in how we are working together and how connected our companies' subject matter experts are with one another. In case anyone was worried, we managed to have a good time together along the way.

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Chandra Jacobs, Product Marketing Manager from Backup and Recovery at EMC, was interviewed by Didier Rombaut in a blog post on Cisco Data Center blog that revealed her quest to find all the VBlocks onsite at Cisco Live and her vast knowledge of data Protection Systems for VBlock.

 

Also, EMC Elect Lauren Malhoit, a contributor to TechRepublic and known well-known SMB technologist also covered Cisco Live and her impressions of her experience in a blog published by her a few weeks ago.  There was a nice shoutout to Mark Prahl & EMC after Lauren was debriefed  on EM ViPR during the show.  Check it out here.

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It is events like this that make us so excited for what the future has in store. On behalf of all my colleagues I have spoken to in the last month, we cannot wait to do it all again for Cisco Live US next year.  I hope you enjoyed this brief look back at Cisco Live and hope to see you at Cisco Live US next year!

 

Best,

 

Kevin Dallaire

EMC Corporation

Cisco Technical Alliance Assiciate