Network Transformation

Fast, Open, Secure. Learn how to deliver results and create new solutions for tomorrow’s next wave of applications.


Software Defined Networking (SDN) is enabling organizations to accelerate application deployment and delivery, dramatically reducing IT costs through policy-enabled workflow automation.

What You Will Discover

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


  • Thought Leadership from industry experts on the future for SDN
  • Learn SDN 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 SDN solutions in action.

Technology Track

Software Defined Networking (SDN) continues to be a key trend transforming the way your applications consume network services. Cisco has been working with customers, software developers, and the open source community to take the potential of SDN and convert it into tangible, pragmatic solutions that solve real-world problems. Find out what is available today and learn how to deliver results and create new solutions for tomorrow’s next wave of applications.

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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 SDN area that matter most to you.


Top Network Transformation Sessions

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

Must Attend Session

Two- and four-hour labs and seminars specific to Network Transformation to help you deliver results and create new solutions for tomorrow’s next wave of applications.  Labs and Technical Seminars offer in-depth learning opportunities in an interactive environment.

APIC-EM: Redefining the Campus and Branch through a Policy Based Controller
Date/Time: Monday, June 26, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
This tectorial focuses on all aspects of the controller starting from the high level strategy for Cisco controllers, moving to services and applications supported by APIC-EM, programmability offered by the controller and details on how the underlying infrastructure of APIC-EM can provide scalability and high availability.

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New Network Transformation Sessions

New this year, we added content around Container Networking, Declarative Policy Models, SDN Controllers, NFV Platform and Carrier-Grade NFV Infrastructures to help you learn how to maximize the benefits of network transformation.

Open-source NFV platform? OPNFV!
Date/Time: Monday, June 26, 8:00 – 9:30 am
This session will provide an overview on OPNFV, explain the key components and functionality delivered by OPNFV and detail how you can use OPNFV within your own NFV projects.

Introduction to Containers and Container Networking
Date/Time: Monday, June 26, 1:30 – 3:30 pm
Join us and learn about the options to network containers.

Carrier-Grade NFV Infrastructure for Service Providers
Date/Time: Tuesday, June 27, 8:00 – 10:00 am
In this breakout you will learn about NFV Infrastructure and Cisco’s NFVI solution that is ETSI compliant, multi use case capable, pre-integrated, validated and with single point of ownership that offers carrier-grade high availability, reliability and predictable performance to deliver on the customer SLAs.

SDN Controllers – A Use Case Driven Approach
Date/Time: Wednesday, June 28, 1:30 – 3:30 pm
The main goal of the presentation is not to explore or declare that one controller option is better than another, rather the goal is a customer use case driven approach to exploring which controller is appropriate for a given scenario.

Declarative Policy Models for Agile Network Consumption
Date/Time: Wednesday, June 28, 4:00 – 5:30 pm
Leveraging a brief introduction to promise theory, participants will learn the details of the policy model, how it maps to the operational environment and the details of how policy is rendered onto the network across multiple domains.

Meet with Experts

Schedule a 1:1 meeting to discuss your unique questions and challenges. We will have over 25 different SDN 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 SDN solutions in action. Get hands-on with demos in our conferencing, desk and room experiences and meet with our digital business transformation partners in the Partner Village.

Network Transformation Zone

Your digital business needs a foundation that can help you innovate at speed, help you keep up with change, and prepare you for whatever comes next. That’s what makes Cisco your foundation for digital transformation.

Location: Cisco Campus


Take a deep dive in to Cisco’s products, solutions, and services where demonstrations presented by Cisco experts will round out what you learn from the sessions you attend.



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.

Building a Secure Network Fabric with Software Defined Access
Date/Time: Tuesday, June 27, 3:15 – 3:30 p.m.
Learn how you can enable network access within minutes for any user or device to any application without compromising on security.

Cisco Technical Services: The Edge You Need When You’re IT
Date/Time: Thursday, June 29, 11:15 – 11:30 a.m.
Learn how award-winning services and tools such as digital applications and personalized network support can give you the competitive edge.

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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.

CCIE Data Center – UCS Central Lab
Explore Cisco UCS Central features and allows configuring tasks for managing multiple UCS Domains

Complete Transport Layer Portfolio of IPv6
Hands on experience on the approach to implement IPv6 on to existing IPv4 transport. It includes dual stacking, and tunneling techniques.

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Open Integration for Hybrid Cloud: Why Cisco SDN
Considering SDN for hybrid cloud? This whiteboard shows how Cisco ACI integrates heterogeneous infrastructure with your hybrid cloud management platform of choice.
Digital Network Architecture Design
Rapidly transform business with an open, software-driven platform that provides programmability, service extensibility and virtualization.

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