Snapshots from Cisco Barcelona 2020

Jadecy Kidane

February 6, 2020

Even though Cisco Barcelona was just a week ago, can we say we already miss it?

For the third year in a row, BlueCat made a splash at Cisco Live EMEA, the insight-packed, week-long “Burning Man festival for nerds”. As usual, it was a thrilling experience for us to connect with everyone from network engineers to IT leaders. We talked about networking, security, and everything in between.

Our Product Management Directors, Rohan Ramesh and Brian Shorland, each took to the stage under the Cisco Umbrella pavilion to walk attendees through our latest with Cisco integration. They talked about the value of BlueCat and Cisco Umbrella’s partnership and the major security use cases:

  • Faster threat detection with endpoint visibility 
  • Control internal network traffic
  • Deploy granular DNS security policies
  • Optimize SD-WAN deployments

The fun continued for Brian, who joined Chris Riviere, Cisco Technical Solutions Architect, to record an episode of Cisco Champion Radio. Together, they discussed the depth of visibility and control our integration provides security teams. Digging into highly technical questions, Brian got nerdy with the hosts about north-south and east-west traffic.

Cisco Umbrella wasn’t the only thing on our minds. Many attendees wanted to talk about Cisco DNA Center, one of our other Cisco integrations. Its popularity is a good indicator that forward-thinking IT teams are looking to SD-WAN and intent-based networking.

Another unsurprising trend we picked up at Cisco Live was the continued rapid pace of change in IT. This pressure is felt across every business and person. Cisco customers are looking to Cisco and partners, like BlueCat, to help them meet these demands.

Although the week went by quickly, we enjoyed the conversations we had with old customers and new friends about their digital transformation journeys.

Suffice it to say, we enjoyed our time in Spain… so let the countdown to Cisco Live Amsterdam begin!


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Jadecy Kidane is the Marketing Content Manager at BlueCat.

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