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Ali Amagasu

Marketing Communications Manager

Ali Amagasu is not a software developer. Or system administrator. She's an enthusiastic marketer who knows just enough about technology to help the other less-technical citizens of the business world understand the value and implications of emerging products and solutions in the cloud and networking arenas.

Before coming to Cisco she worked in marketing communications for a number of Silicon Valley's largest and most successful companies, and served as a one-woman marketing department for a single, very special startup.

All of her opinions should be taken with an enormous wedge of salt.

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May 17, 2017

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Cloud Unfiltered Podcast, Episode 08: Joe Weinman

What comes to mind when you hear the term “digital transformation”? Do you get excited about the possibilities? Impatient for the budget to pursue your vision? Or do you have a more muted response? Something between annoyance at the thought that you need to do research on the topic, and anxiety that it’s moving forward […]

May 2, 2017

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Cloud Unfiltered Podcast, Episode 07: Jeff Dickey, Redapt

Jeff Dickey doesn’t believe in the open source business model, and he doesn’t think that cloud is going to make your life any easier. Provocative, right? Not exactly the song that most people in the industry are singing. But here’s the thing: Jeff works for Redapt—a company that builds enormous cloud systems for companies in all […]

April 26, 2017

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Cloud Unfiltered Podcast, Episode 06: Reuven Cohen, Aporeto

Reuven Cohen works for Aporeto—a company that delivers comprehensive security for cloud native apps, containers, and microservices. But that is probably the least interesting thing about him, and to his credit, he didn’t actually pitch the company’s products at all during our interview with him on Monday. What he did do is rock our collective […]

April 20, 2017

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Cloud Unfiltered Episode 05: Heidi Joy Tretheway of the OpenStack Foundation

The results of the annual OpenStack User Survey are scheduled to be released today, and we at Cloud Unfiltered were lucky enough to bag an interview in advance with Heidi Joy Tretheway, Senior Marketing Manager at the OpenStack Foundation, and administrator of the survey in question. Heidi Joy shared all kinds of interesting highlights from […]

April 18, 2017

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Cloud Unfiltered Episode 04: Cisco’s Dave Lively

Dave Lively is up to his neck in cloud. He’s been with Cisco for 20-ish years, he’s been involved in our cloud efforts for quite a while now, and he’s been involved in the open source community just as long. And the best part is—he really gets it. Gets the inherent value of cloud, as […]

April 11, 2017

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Cloud Unfiltered Episode 03: Cisco’s Kip Compton

Kip Compton has an interesting story. He’s an MIT grad, he was raised by a mom that was a computer programmer back when pretty much nobody’s mom was a computer programmer, and he’s Cisco’s VP of Cloud and Platform Services, which gives him loads of interesting insight into the state of cloud today. Tune in […]

March 28, 2017

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Cloud Unfiltered Podcast, Episode 02: CIO Advisor Tim Crawford

Have you heard of Tim Crawford? If you’re an IT leader and you haven’t, you’re in for a treat today. Tim is an advisor to CIOs and enterprise organizations across a number of industries including financial services, healthcare, tech firms, and major airlines. He’s an internationally renowned thought leader in the areas of IT transformation, […]

March 22, 2017

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Wondering who will speak at the OpenStack Summit?

A couple weeks ago I posted about the OpenStack Summit speaker selection process. I shared an interview with one of the track chairs, Gary Kevorkian. I speculated about how much or how little the voting process impacts the choices the organizers make. And I shared a list of talks submitted by my Cisco colleagues. This […]

March 15, 2017

CLOUD

Getting Smarter About Cloud

What if you could increase your cloud knowledge—in a substantial way—without having to lift a finger? No downloading whitepapers, no registering for webinars, no traveling to distant conferences, no scouring the Internet for relevant articles. It would be cool, wouldn’t it? Well, I’m here to tell you that the dream is real. Starting today, Cisco […]