This is Abhinav Joshi, recently joined Cisco as a Solutions Architect in the Systems Architecture and Strategy Unit (SASU). My key role at Cisco is to strategize, architect, and evangelize end to end solutions as it relates to running enterprise apps (Exchange, Oracle, SharePoint, SAP, VDI etc.) and industry vertical apps in private and hybrid clouds. This gives me an opportunity to work very closely with our key open ecosystem partners (e.g. VMware, Microsoft, NetApp, EMC, Oracle, Citrix etc.) and drive joint solutions to help customers more efficiently meet their ever evolving requirements and achieve business agility.
I am very excited about my new role at Cisco and looking forward to use this blog as an opportunity to share the good work we are doing. Also, I am very much interested in open discussions and feedback so that we can better enable your journey to the cloud.
A little bit of background about myself…
I have over 11 years of industry experience with over 9 years focused around data center consolidation, virtualization and cloud. Before joining Cisco, I worked as a Virtualization and Cloud Solutions Architect at NetApp for 3 years where I played a key role in the development of end to end solutions and strategies around VMware vCloud Director, VMware View, MS Apps on VMware, Backup and DR for virtualized apps, Cisco/NetApp/VMware SMT solution etc. I was a regular contributor to the NetApp Virtualization Effect blog. Thanks for all the interesting conversations and feedback on my blogs :).
Prior to working at NetApp, I worked as a Solutions Architect at PPC, helping Federal customers with data center consolidation, and server & desktop virtualization with VMware, EMC, NetApp, and IBM solutions.
I am a VMware vExpert 2010, VMware VCP (3 and 4), and also holds certifications from EMC, NetApp, and SNIA. I hold MS in Systems Engineering from University of Maryland – College Park and BS in Chemical Engineering from Nagpur University, India.
Looking forward to great conversations as you shape your virtualization and cloud strategies for 2011 and beyond.
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