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New Cisco CTO Wants to Elevate Company's Cloud-Building Image

By CIOinsight  |  Posted 12-29-2010 Print
Cisco's new vice-president and CTO Lew Tucker envisions a massive new cloudlike network on the horizon that may one day number a trillion connected devices.

Lew Tucker, Cisco Systems' new vice-president and chief technical officer for cloud computing systems, has a pretty significant mission for his company, which rapidly has been reinventing itself in the last two or three years.

That would to be the "straw that stirs the drink" (a nod here to former baseball superstar Reggie Jackson, who made that line famous) for the world's No. 1 networking company when it comes to the deployment of cloud systems for its customers.

As such, Tucker will be sitting in on a lot of meetings, interacting with all business units at the $113 billion company, and working with many of its customers. He will be responsible for aggregating Cisco's corporate resources for cloud computing and bringing together the right ones to get a particular job out of theory and into production.

"This will be interesting, because it is a position that cuts across all the different product groups," Tucker told eWEEK. "I get to have a lot of fun, because I sit in on all our future product roadmaps, seeing where the networking speeds and feeds are going in the next three to five years, and looking at a lot of our different business decisions, partnership, and acquisitions. Everything that sort of touches cloud."

Tucker has more than 20 years of experience in IT, ranging from distributed systems and artificial intelligence to software development and systems architecture. Before joining San Jose, Calif.-based Cisco last spring, he served as Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Cloud Computing at Sun Microsystems, where he led the development of its infrastructure-as-a-service offering and the development of Sun Cloud.


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