Twenty-Four Bit Segment – A Glorious Cisco Live US Soundtrack

Every year the technology world waits with bated breath for the Cisco Live US Customer Appreciation Event band announcement.  I am very excited to write that THIS year Cisco has booked five-time Grammy award winner and Super Bowl XLVIII headliner Bruno Mars! Even if you don’t know his name, it is very likely you’ve heard his music, including singles such as Just the Way You Are, Grenade, Locked Out of Heaven, That’s What I Like, and 24K Magic. Since this is a technology event, I propose that Bruno Mars use his performance as an opportunity to teach the Cisco community about protocol headers!  Below you’ll find the original song lyrics rewritten in a style more fitting for an event like CLUS.

Of course, the CAE is only one small part of the event.  In recent years I’ve been drawn more and more to the DevNet portion of Cisco Live.  In the DevNet area, Cisco delivers a number of sessions that target anyone from the novice who hasn’t coded since college to the person who knows 5 current languages and just wants to immerse themselves into a specific technologies’ APIs. What makes this area arguably more valuable for learning than the rest of CLUS is that there are roving teams of knowledgeable staff available to help you work through learning labs.  Whether it’s a 20-minute session on Git, or a 90-minute presentation on Spark APIs, you should set aside some time to spend here.  If you plan to arrive in Las Vegas early, you can also attend one of the two DevNet Express events planned for Saturday and Sunday before CLUS starts in earnest.  If you haven’t registered yet what are you waiting for, go do it!

Of course, I would also be remiss if I didn’t recommend that you stop by and visit the Presidio booth too during your time at Cisco Live.  We might not sing this song for you, but we can tell you about the myriad ways we can help your organization with our vast technical expertise!

Spoiler alert: MOSTLY SFW. Your useful enjoyment of the original song will be forever spoiled after reading this post – try not to hear ‘twenty-four bit segment‘, I dare you! The lyrics also won’t teach you very much and didn’t actually end up very focused on headers, but they ARE fun!

Tonight
 I just want to take my frames higher
 Throw your traffic up in the overlay
 Let's set this abstraction off right

Engineers, put yo' stacking-rings up to the moon
 Workloads, what y'all trying to do?
 Twenty four bit segments and leaf pairs
 East to West so easy
 We route uh

Hop hop, it's VXLAN time (VXLAN time)
 VXLAN time (VXLAN time)
 Layer 2 tunnels are back again
 Oh hosts don't know? (never tell 'em)
 Oh hosts don't know? (never tell 'em)
 I bet VTEPs know soon as traffic floods in (mappin' up)
 Using hundred gig links (ya)
 Forty gig links (ya)
 San Jose's finest views (whoop, whoop)
 Don't look too hard might confuse ya'self
 Known to give an interface bigger MTUs

Oh, I'm a dangerous man with new protocols in my pocket (keep up)
 So many new workloads around me and they segmenting up the network 
 Why you mad, fix ya layers ain't my fault STP be blocking (keep up)

Techies only, come on
 Put yo' stacking-rings up to the moon
 Workloads, what y'all trying to do?
 Twenty four bit segments and leaf pairs
 East to West so easy
 Uh, we route!

Second verse for the SecOps (SecOps) CISOs (CISOs)
 Bad actors and ya weekly bitcoin sends (haha)
 Can I preach (uh oh) can I preach (uh oh)
 I gotta show 'em how ACI get it in
 First, take your VIP (VIP), don't do RIP (RIP)
 Write your policy like memory ain't shit (whoop, whoop)
 We too fresh
 Got to blame in on Cisco
 Hashtag meshed they ain't ready for me

Oh, I'm a dangerous man with new protocols in my pocket (keep up)
 So many new workloads around me and they segmenting up the network
 Why you mad, fix ya layers ain't my fault STP be blocking (keep up)

Techies only, come on
 Put yo' stacking-rings up to the moon
 Hey workloads
 What y'all trying to do?
 Twenty four bit segments and leaf pairs
 East to West so easy
 Uh, we route!

Everywhere traffic goes they be like
 Oh, so easy 
 Everywhere traffic goes they be like (oh, so easy oh)
 Oh everywhere traffic goes they be like (oh, so easy oh)

Now, now, now watch me break it down like (uh)
 Twenty four bit, Twenty four bit segment
 What's that sound (Twenty four bit, Twenty four bit segment)
 Come on now
 Twenty four bit, Twenty four bit segment
 Don't fight the feeling invite the feeling

Put yo' stacking-rings up to the moon
 Workloads, what y'all trying to do? (tell me what y'all trying to do)
 Twenty four bit segments and leaf pairs
 East to West so easy (hands up!)
 Put yo' stacking-rings up to the moon
 Workloads, what y'all trying to do? (do)
 Twenty four bit segments and leaf pairs
 East to West so easy (twenty four bit) uh, we route

If you aren’t familiar with the jingle, you can watch a live performance from the AMAs here: https://youtu.be/ttlTus58MNA

 

Author: Paul Giblin

Paul Giblin is a Senior Solutions Architect with Presidio, a CCIE 24607, a renaissance man, tinkerer, machinist, golfer, chef, motorcyclist, hacker, backhoe operator, husband and father

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