Cisco at Think 2019

February 12 - 15, 2019 | San Francisco, CA | Booth 560

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February 12 - 15, 2019
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Secure and Simplify Your Path to Multicloud with Cisco.

IBM and Cisco are teaming up on cloud collaboration and communications tools, Internet of Things, data center, and services to transform the way you work. 


Join Cisco and more than 30,000 C-level executives, IT managers, architects and practitioners as they come together at Think 2019 to expand their skill sets, network with fellow thinkers, and connect at technology breakouts, business sessions and in the exhibit hall.


Cisco experts will be leading workshops, technology sessions and lightning sessions throughout the week. Visit Cisco booth 560 in the Cloud & Infrastructure Campus at the Moscone Center to learn how Cisco and IBM solutions help secure and simplify your path to multicloud. 

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The VersaStack solution combines the innovation of Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure with the efficiency of the IBM Storwize storage system – bringing new levels of ease, efficiency, and versatility to cloud, big data, and enterprise application deployments.

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Deploy multicloud environments faster and manage them more easily with IBM and Cisco solutions for cloud and data center. 

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In today’s fast-evolving threat landscape, organizations must quickly identify and thwart suspicious activity in their networks. Cisco and IBM have joined forces to deliver integrated security solutions that effectively reduce the time to detect and respond to a threat. 


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Tuesday, February 12

Wednesday, February 13

Thursday, February 14

Tuesday, February 12

9:30 AM - 10:10 AM | Session ID: 6313A | Smart Starts Here Workshop

The Network Assurance Engine

Jeff Gatz, Global IBM Business Development Manager, Cisco

AMC Metreon | Theater 6

Cisco Network Assurance Engine provides continuous verification and analysis of the entire data center network, giving operators confidence that their network is operating consistent with intent. It combines mathematically accurate network models with codified Cisco domain knowledge to generate "smart events" that pinpoint deviations from intent and offer remediation recommendations. Using the most comprehensive analysis spanning operator intent, controller policy, switch configurations, and data-plane state, Cisco Network Assurance Engine helps operators proactively detect network outages and security policy vulnerabilities before they impact business, reduce risk by predicting change impact, and rapidly find root cause.


12:30 PM - 1:10 PM | Session ID: 6309A | Smart Starts Here Workshop

Accelerate the Digital Transformation with IBM GTS and Cisco

Jeff Gatz, Global IBM Business Development Manager, Cisco

AMC Metreon | Theater 8


As the IT industry continues the transition towards "Software Defined Everything" augmented by automation and orchestration, customers find the choices overwhelming. How do you transition from your legacy of traditional architecture? What are the interdependencies that are impacted by this evolution of technology? IBM GTS and Cisco have the answers. Together we provide the solutions to accelerate digital transformation. Join us and find out more! 

Wednesday, February 13

Thursday, February 14

Tuesday, February 12

Wednesday, February 13

9:00 AM - 9:20 AM | Session ID: 7496A | Lightning Session

Changing the Security Equation: Achieving More Effective Security with Cisco

Mohammed Ahmed, Cisco

Moscone South, Exhibit Level, Hall C | Business Partner Showcase Theater I

How do you change the security equation for your organization? With fast-moving threats, tons of products to manage from dozens of vendors, and teams stretched to a breaking point, cybersecurity is difficult and complex. This complexity seemingly puts the good guys at a disadvantage as attackers quickly and constantly update their techniques to get inside the enterprise. And, to be successful, the bad guys only have to be right once. This talk explains how Cisco is enabling “collaborative defense” for your organization by teaming up with IBM's Services and Security teams to deliver integrated security solutions that effectively reduce the time to detect and respond to a threat. Come learn how you can quickly improve your security posture.

10:30 AM - 11:10 AM | Session ID: 3956A | Shared Interest Session

Achieving More Effective Security with Collaborative Defense: IBM Security and Cisco

George Mina, IBM, and Christopher Smithee, Cisco

Moscone South, Exhibit Level, Hall C | Security & Resiliency Think Tank A 

Some organizations are managing as many as 85 security tools from 45 different vendors despite a growing skills shortage. These siloed technologies often lack deep integrations, resulting in ineffective security. Security teams must adopt a collaborative defense strategy to enable faster threat detection and response—a strategy that connects the dots across products, people and processes to achieve more effective security. See how IBM Security's powerful alliance with Cisco is delivering collaborative solutions that integrate directly with IBM QRadar and IBM Resilient to speed the detection, response and orchestration of advanced threats across the entire attack lifecycle.

11:30 AM - 12:10 PM | Session ID: 7497A | Technology Session

Applications = Business. But You Still Need a Platform to Run It All On

Wes Kinard, Cisco

Hilton Union Square, Ballroom Level | Franciscan A

In the multicloud era, applications are the drivers of business. To be competitive, businesses need to be able to rapidly develop, deploy and manage their applications in a continuous cycle. Public clouds provide part of the solution. But for companies with security, compliance, scalability or data sovereignty concerns, there simply is no substitute for the control provided by a private cloud offering. Learn how you can have the control of private cloud with the application agility of public cloud.


2:30 PM - 3:10 PM | Session ID: 5890A | Technology Session

Put IBM and Cisco Solutions to Work to Deliver Infrastructure and Cloud Services

Christopher Vollmar, IBM

St. Regis Hotel, Level 3 | Collections

Transforming your organization to support a multicloud architecture requires support for different workloads that have different infrastructure needs. IBM and Cisco have partnered across a variety of fronts to help, including support for the transition to containers, the ability to leverage public and private clouds, and the ability to move workloads across them, along with new types of storage requirements like object storage. This session highlights the joint IBM and Cisco solutions that help customers transform their organization's delivery of infrastructure and cloud services by leveraging the VersaStack Cisco Validated Designs (CVDs).

Thursday, February 14

Tuesday, February 12

Wednesday, February 13

Thursday, February 14

12:30 PM - 1:10 PM | Session ID: 3927A | Panel Session

Integrated Threat Defense with the IBM Security App Exchange: See It in Action

Christopher Smithee, Cisco; Russell J. Warren, IBM; Jason Madey, Carbon Black; Glenn Wong, Recorded Future

Moscone South, Exhibit Level, Hall A | Security & Resiliency Think Tank B

The cybersecurity industry remains fragmented, with some enterprises having as many as 85 tools from 45 different vendors. These siloed technologies often lack deep integrations, resulting in ineffective security. At the same time, hackers are increasingly launching collaborative, sophisticated attacks that are hard to detect and block. Collaboration has become the force multiplier that is changing the course of cybersecurity. Join this session to see a live panel featuring representatives from IBM QRadar, Resilient and leading technology partners as they walk through a user scenario and demonstrate how powerful integrations can enable security teams to detect and stop advanced threats across the entire attack lifecycle.

3:30 PM - 4:10 PM | Session ID: 2309A | Technology Session

IBM and AppDynamics: Empowering Greater Agility through Mobile-to-Mainframe Visibility

Nathan Brice, IBM, and Jonah Kowall, AppDynamics/Cisco
AMC at Metreon, Level 3 | Theatre 4

To seize digital business opportunities, companies must transform every part of their infrastructure and processes to deliver higher-quality applications with greater agility. A critical part of this transformation for market-leading companies has been adopting best-in-class APM tools like AppDynamics, which provide end-to-end management of complex hybrid cloud applications. But there has been a longstanding problem: AppDynamics did not have visibility into workloads running on the mainframe. Learn how AppDynamics and IBM teamed up and, using the IBM Design Thinking process, built out these critical application flows in IBM Z APM Connect to enable the operations team to better automate and transform application management end-to-end.


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Mohammed Ahmed

Business Development Executive - Global Partner Organization, Cisco

Jeff Gatz

Jeff Gatz

Partner Alliance Executive, Cisco

Wes Kinard

Wes Kinard

Systems Engineer, Cisco

Chris Smithee

Chris Smithee

Customer Success Strategy Lead, Cisco


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