About Us


To bring together network enthusiasts in the Silicon Valley in an open forum and to provide them an environment that promotes learning, access to like-minded peers and Cisco resources for the purposes of networking technology growth.


We realize our Mission with the following deliverables:

  • We provide an environment that encourages open discussion of technical issues and the building of learning groups.
  • We provide access to equipment for "hands-on" experience and practical application.
  • We provide industry insight and continuing education through presentations, case studies, and demonstrations by industry professionals including Cisco subject matter experts.
  • We promote SVCUG members to "step up to the plate" by becoming leaders, mentors, and presenters in the group.

Cost To Attend

OK, let's look at the costs of attending the meetings or labs...

  • Technology Fee: $0.00
  • Entrance Fee: $0.00
  • Parking Fee: $0.00
  • Sitting Fee: $0.00
  • Advice: $0.00

Now, I'm no math wiz, but if you carry the zero over ...it comes out to ... Free.  🙂

All kidding aside, we have been asked many times what the cost to attend or be part of this user group was.  We we always actually surprised to hear that.  It's free.  You are free to come and free leave at any time during any session.  This is a way that Cisco, and it's key members, can help give back to the community.

Occasionally, we like to do a few special things for SVCUG meetings and ask for donations to do so.  These are few and far between, and always feed right back into the group.

The People That Make This Happen

Dan Segovia

Dan Segovia

Dan Segovia has been a Cisco employee since 2000, and a SVCUG member since 1998.  Being a Cisco employee, Dan is in the unique position to help Cisco give back to the community by being one of the SVCUG's Cisco Sponsors, and furthering its development.

Dan is also working with the Cisco Learning Network to develop new opportunities for Cisco User Groups around the world on his Cisco User Groups International site.

Dan is a Technical Leader in Cisco's High End Routing & Optical Group and is dedicated to keeping the SVCUG both healthy and growing.

Luis Chanu

Luis Chanu

Luis Chanu grew up in the Silicon Valley, and has over 30 years of networking, server virtualization, Windows, and IT design/architecture experience.  Luis began consulting to a handful of companies while in Junior High School.  In high school, Luis started his own consulting company, On Site Network Solutions, Inc., and began helping other companies through their IT challenges.  Over the years, Luis has architected and deployed many VMware (vSphere and NSX for vSphere), Cisco, Microsoft Windows, Novell NetWare, and Novell GroupWise solutions.

After obtaining many of Cisco's CCNP certifications, Luis saw the benefits of Data Center virtualization, and obtained several VMware Data Center Virtualization certifications.  When VMware released NSX for vSphere, which is VMware's Network Virtualization product, Luis was on-board from the beginning.  Luis was involved in early beta training classes, and participated in VMware's NSX Ninja program.  After a lot of hard work, Luis obtained his VMware Certified Design Expert certification, and is among a very small group of people to have done so.  The current list of can be found in the VCDX Directory.  Luis is VCDX #246, and specializes in the area of Network Virtualization, specifically around VMware NSX for vSphere (NSX-v), along with Data Center design.

Luis’s real-world Cisco experience includes 26xx/36xx/28xx/38xx/39xx/72xx routers, ASA firewalls, Client SSLVPN, Wireless LAN Controllers, along with the complete line of Catalyst switches, with a great deal of experience with the Catalyst 6500-E series of switches.  Luis has architected several corporate enterprise networks that have included Network Edge/DMZ Designs, Secure Wireless, QoS, 10Gb/s links, FibreChannel SANs, and DMVPN technologies.  Luis is also a master at Microsoft Visio, and has delivered several "Visio for Networking Professionals" sessions for our SVCUG members.

Luis is a founding member of the Silicon Valley Cisco Users Group, is still very active with the group, and is well known for his very detailed presentations.  You can also often find Luis at the Saturday labs, helping members advance their networking knowledge and answering questions.

When Luis isn’t helping customers with their networks, he’s often dabbling with his own network (both virtual and physical), learning Python/PowerShell/Ansible, playing tennis, teaching, and mentoring.


Formal Education

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, San Jose State University

Certifications (Past and Current)

AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate (CSAA)
Cisco Certified Network Professional - Routing and Switching (CCNP R/S)
Cisco Certified Network Professional - Data Center (CCNP DC)
Cisco Certified Network Professional - Solution Provider (CCNP SP)
Cisco Certified Security Professional (CCSP)
Cisco Certified Voice Professional (CCVP)
Cisco Certified Design Professional (CCDP)
IPv6 Forum Certified Network Engineer (Silver)
VMware Certified Design Expert - Network Virtualization (VCDX #246)
VMware Certified Implementation Expert - Network Virtualization (VCIX6-NV)
VMware Certified Professional – Network Virtualization (VCP6-NV)
VMware Certified Professional 5 – Data Center Virtualization (VCP5-DCV)
VMware Certified Professional on vSphere 4 (VCP4)
VMware Certified Professional (VCP3)
Microsoft Windows 2003 Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE 2003)
Microsoft Windows 2003 Certified Systems Engineer: Security (MCSE 2003:Security)
NSA INFOSEC (Information Systems Security Professional)
Novell Master Certified Novell Engineer (MCNE)
Novell NetWare 5 Certified Novell Engineer (CNE5)
Novell NetWare 3.x Certified Novell Engineer (CNE3)
Novell GroupWare Certified Novell Engineer (GWCNE)

David Powers

David Powers

David Powers help start the Silicon Valley Cisco User Group in the fall of 1998.  David wanted to advance his Cisco learning and did so by bringing together people who shared his goals.  David was responsible for "roughing" the first years and establishing the SVCUG as a thriving and functioning group.  Thanks to David's vision and effort, many Bay Area professionals have gone on to achieving their Cisco goals.

Mr. Thompson

Mr. Thompson

Look for Lorin Thompson's information here in the near future...

Akil Taylor

Akil Taylor

Look for Akil Taylor's information here in the near future...