Well hello, don’t you look fancy.

Well hello, don’t you look fancy.

If you’ve been following my work over the years you’ll notice the change in scenery recently. That’s because about a year ago I joined the Cloud Networking Group within Cisco as a Consulting Systems Engineer which has been an incredible transition, but one that’s required all of my time and attention.

Changing Focus

Perhaps the first thing you’ll notice is the lack of old articles and discussions. I made a conscious decision to start new – both in terms of the historical content as well as the technical topics I’m going to focus on.

Now that I spend all my time in a pre-sales capacity on large scale cloud-managed network designs, I have loads of interesting design options and best practices I’ve gleaned that might be of tremendous value to the networking community.

My plan is to also explore different architectures in detail and walk through how you might build such a scenario. The Cisco Meraki team has a really nice KB archive, including a growing list of deployment guides, but I continually hear that the community would like more holistic architecture references available. That’s something I’d like to provide an unofficial library of.

Words Matter

One thing that struck me when I joined the Cisco Meraki team was the name the founders chose for the company – Meraki.

Meraki (meh-rah-kee) is a Greek word that means doing something with passion and soul.

After having worked for the company (now part of Cisco proper) for over a year, I can honestly say that I that the name still fits. It’s an incredible caffeinated team that cares deeply about the products and work we produce together. Combine that with the R&D resources of the world’s largest networking company and we really have something special.

To button this up – I work a lot. And I love what I do. Now I’d like to share some of what I’ve picked up with on a regular basis with you handsome folks.