Data Center

Digital transformation starts with a Cisco ASAP data center. Analyze. Simplify. Automate. Protect.


Modernize your data center and IT infrastructures with a hybrid-IT solution that maximizes application performance, mitigates risk, and increases operational agility.

What You Will Discover

At Cisco Live, Data Center sessions and experiences have been designed to help you gain:


  • Thought Leadership from industry experts on the future for Data Center
  • Learn Data Center focused technical sessions including opportunities to meet with our engineers and resident experts
  • Experience innovative solutions that are transforming how service providers work. Visit the Cisco Campus in the World of Solutions to see Data Center solutions in action.

Thought Leadership

Take Advantage of Pervasive Data in Your Data Center
Ish Limkakeng
VP Product Marketing INSBU, Cisco

Hyperconverged Infrastructure Redefined
Liz Centoni
SVP and General Manager, Computing Systems Group, Cisco

Developer’s Delight: Cure your Hyperscale Envy
Roland Acra
SVP & General Manager Data Center Business Group, Cisco

Technology Track

Learn how Cisco’s data center strategy ties analytics, simplicity, automation, and protection (ASAP) with a consistent and secure policy enforcement across a hybrid cloud built with industry-leading data center networking, security, converged infrastructures, and software-defined solutions.  Content in the Data Center Track is primarily focused on: Tetration Analytics, Application Centric Infrastructure, Nexus 9000 Cloud Scale Technology innovations, Storage Networking, Nexus Programmability Capabilities, CloudCenter and Contiv/Containers.


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Learning Paths

You can pick and choose from sessions in multiple tracks or use the recommended learning paths below to focus on the specific Data Center area that matter most to you.


Top Data Center Sessions

Please Note: To attend any of the following sessions they must be scheduled in the Session Catalog.

Must Attend Sessions

Two- and four-hour labs and seminars specific to the Data Center to maximizes application performance, mitigate risk, and increases operational agility.  Labs and Technical Seminars offer in-depth learning opportunities in an interactive environment.

UCS-Director and ACI Advance Deployment Lab
Day/Time: Monday, June 26, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
This hands-on lab covers Design, Implementation, Operation, and Advanced Configuration of UCS-Director in a Cisco ACI environment, and is designed to serve the needs of engineers seeking to understand the capabilities of UCS-D with ACI from a pre and post deployment perspective.

Docker Integration with Cisco ACI
Day/Time: Monday, June 26, 1:00 – 5:00 pm
In this lab we will be introducing Project Contiv, which is an open source project to provide a high level abstraction of networking services in containers.

Deploying Cisco UCS Based Converged Infrastructure Solution in an Enterprise Data Center or Private Cloud Deployment
Day/Time: Tuesday, June 27, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
This lab will guide the attendees through the deployment and configuration of a Cisco UCS based converged infrastructure solution.

Enhancing VXLAN/EVPN Fabrics with LISP
Day/Time: Tuesday, June 27, 1:00 – 5:00 pm
This lab session will demonstrate how VXLAN EVPN and LISP works hand-in-hand and guides the participant through the required configuration steps on the Nexus switch product family for each multi-site data center deployment where optimized ingress routing is a vital necessity.

Programming the ACI Fabric
Day/Time: Tuesday, June 27, 1:00 – 5:00 pm
In this lab session, you will learn to build a small web based application that will implement tasks in a real ACI fabric.

Deploying L2/L3 Services over VXLAN using Cisco NSO
Day/Time: Tuesday, June 27, 1:00 – 5:00 pm
During this presentation we will demonstrate the automation of the L2/L3 Services using Cisco Network Services Orchestrator (NSO).

New Data Center Sessions

New this year, we added content around Tetration and ACI, Cisco HyperFlex Design, New Generation Layer 4-7 and Data Center Fabrics to help you learn how to maximize the benefits of the data center.

First 7 days of ACI
Day/Time: Monday, June 26, 8:00 – 10:00 am
This session will offer you an introduction into your “first 7 days” with ACI from two TAC engineers.

Networking Challenges  when Interconnecting Data Center Fabrics
Day/Time: Monday, Jun 26, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
This intermediate session discusses the challenges and recommended solutions of interconnecting VXLAN-based data center networks.

Tetration and ACI: Better Together
Day/Time: Monday, June 26, 8:00 – 10:00 am
This session will show a best practice for design and deployment of Tetration coupled with ACI.

Smart-channel: Next Generation Layer 4-7 Services Scaling Technology
Day/Time: Tuesday, June 27, 4:00 – 5:30 pm
Smart-channel provides resiliency, wire-speed multi-pathing, symmetric load-balancing, weighted load-balancing, health monitoring, very high availability (HA), automatic failure handling, etc.

Cisco HyperFlex Design, Performance and Benchmarking for All-Flash and NVMe Clusters
Day/Time: Tuesday, June 27, 4:00 – 5:30 pm
In this session, participants will gain a deeper understanding of the design and optimizations available in Cisco HyperFlex 2.5 all-flash clusters, including clusters with NVMe caching devices.

Meet with Experts

Schedule a 1:1 meeting to discuss your unique questions and challenges. We will have over 25 different Data Center engineers on-site in Las Vegas.


Learn more about Meet the Expert


Visit the Cisco Campus in the World of Solutions where you can see data center and cloud solutions in action.  Get hands-on with demos in our conferencing, desk and room experiences and meet with our data center partners in the Partner Village.

Data Center Zone

The Data Center/Cloud architecture ties analytics, simplicity, automation, and protection (ASAP) with a consistent policy across this hybrid-cloud build with industry-leading data center networking, security, converged infrastructures, and software-defined solutions.

Location: Cisco Campus

Deep Dive into Demos

Focused Data Center Solutions Sessions

Hear from Cisco subject matter experts and partners during scheduled, focused presentations that complement what you’ll see and do in the Campus Data Center Zone.

Bridging the Cloud Gap – Cisco Solutions for Next Generation Hybrid Cloud – WoS Session
Day/Time: Monday, June 26, 1:15 – 1:30 pm
Learn how Cisco’s cloud strategy and portfolio enable you to successfully negotiate the maze of hybrid cloud.

Configuring Switches at Scale with the Meraki Dashboard API
Day/Time: Monday, June 26, 3:15 – 3:30 pm
See a live example of a new retail store being configured automatically with the use of Meraki’s configuration templates and dashboard API.

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Extend and Enhance Your Cisco Investment in the Data Center Village

Drop by our Data Center and Cloud Village to check out the latest Cisco technologies that can help accelerate your digital transformation. We will showcase market trends and a range of innovations, offered directly from our data center and cloud partners, through interactive demos and theater presentations.

Can the Cloud Shelter You from a DDoS Blizzard?
Day/Time: Tuesday, June 27, 2:30 – 2:45 pm
Cloud based is both sensible, powerful, and scalable way to bolster your defenses against growing threats in the cloud like IoT based botnets.

Five Strategies for Maintaining Resilient Cisco Software-Defined Architectures
Day/Time: Monday, June 26, 3:00 – 3:15 pm
Learn the five strategies from CA for deploying and maintaining resilient Cisco SDN architectures built on ACI, iWAN and Viptela technologies

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Interact in the Think Tank

Unique sessions, in a relaxed setting, that stimulate thought-provoking discussions.

3-ways to get MORE out of your Data living on Cisco HyperFlex, UCS, & FlashStack
Day/Time: Monday, June 26, 6:30 – 7:00 pm
Do more with UCS and Commvault, and learn how HyperFlex and FlashStack with Commvault makes your Converged and HyperConverged stack better.

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Walk-in Self-Paced (WISP) Labs

Cisco Live’s Walk-in Self-Paced (WISP) Labs give you one-of-a-kind hands-on experience on a variety of products and solutions from Cisco. You’ll have the chance to work through pre-designed scenarios that show you firsthand how these technologies can transform your business. You’ll also have the opportunity to explore full configurations and new features, so you can make informed recommendations on which solutions are right for your workplace. All WISP labs are available on a first come, first served basis. Just stop by the WISP area in the World of Solutions.

ACI CLI Configuration
Gain familiarity and see hands-on examples of the NXOS Style CLI to map to the constructs that already exist in ACI in terms of configuration steps.

Charming The Python
Get a close-up look at the Nexus Python API and see the how the enhanced Cisco NX-OS supports numerous capabilities to aid with automation.

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Comprehensive Management
Cisco UCS Director sets up a VMware environment and 100 virtual machines in four steps.
Data Center Time Machine
Tetration Analytics delivers pervasive visibility for your data center, in real time.
Routing for the Data Center
Optimize applications with increased network intelligence and adaptability using segment routing.

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