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Something for Everyone at Cisco’s Packet Optical Networking Conference in San Jose, May 13-15



By Kyle Hollasch, Technical Leader, Cisco


Customers drive everything we do – the products we develop, what features they employ, which services we offer. That’s why our biannual Packet Optical Networking Conference (PONC) is so important to us.  It’s an opportunity to spend three interactive days together, sharing our vision and latest technology, and more importantly listening to what our customers have to say.  Our goal is a highly interactive event, and that PONC attendees learn as much from each other as they do from Cisco.

The event kicks off with a welcome message and visionary keynote from the leaders of Cisco’s High End Routing and Optical group, but we quickly hand over the keys to our customers - industry heavyweights who will speak from a wide range of perspectives - ISP, OTT, ILEC.

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Dolce Hayes Mansion in San Jose, California where PONC 2014 will take place March 13-15

Day two has something for everyone.  If your focus is optical transport, you can fill your agenda with sessions on OTN network design, SONET/SDH migration, advances in ROADM technology, pluggable transceiver innovations, and even last-mile optical access.  Prefer a more packet-centric approach?  Then make sure you attend sessions on 100G routing evolution and service provider network virtualization.  Would you like to better understand Cisco’s vision of an Evolved Programmable Network? There are sessions devoted to multi-layer SDN, multi-layer restoration, and multi-layer network convergence (are you seeing a trend?).  This year we will also be featuring sessions tailored to enterprise users – such as encryption and data center interconnect - as well as attendees looking for practical, operational exposure to optical products and solutions from Cisco.

Lastly, for attendees wishing to see Cisco’s latest innovations in-person, day three will move to the Cisco San Jose campus for live demonstrations of Cisco’s packet-optical innovations, where we’ll be demonstrating multi-layer programmability across IP, OTN, and DWDM, Superchannel transport, and IP+Optical network design, optimization, and provisioning.

If you are interested in attending this invitation-only conference, please contact to be added to the invitation list.  We hope to see you there.

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Cisco Activities at PONC 2014, San Jose: May 13-15

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