Eric Voit

Director of Technology Architecture

Cisco’s central network software organization (NOSTG)

Eric is Director of Technology Architecture within Cisco’s central network software organization. From there he manages ~20 industry luminaries who define new business models and networking protocols in areas such as SDN, IPv6, PMIPv6, YANG, TrustSec, MediaNet, EVPN, Ethernet OAM, 3rd party APIs, Identity, Virtualization, Mobility, and other emerging technologies.

Before succumbing to the lure of management, Eric drove a number of technologies into the market during his 12+ years at Cisco and 13+ years at Verizon. These include originating Cisco’s system architectures for Carrier Ethernet, specifying new Broadband subscriber services, designing the first VoIP offering trialed by a US Incumbent Telco, and proposing PPPoE for Broadband.

Eric is the inventor of 60+ US & international patents relating to Internet Telephony, Carrier Ethernet, Advanced Intelligent Networking, Voice and Video over Broadband, PSTN switching, and Operations Support databases.


OpenDaylight: Understanding the Value Propositions

The announcement today of OpenDaylight is big news.  Industry leading companies are partnering via Open Source to serve an emerging set of market needs: Operators: want affordable real-time orchestration and operation of integrated virtual compute, application, and network. Application Developers: want a single simple interface to the network.  Underlying details such as “router”, or “switch”, or “topology” can be a distraction they desire […]

From Cisco Live London: Architecture updates posted here all week…

I am sitting and reflecting here at the start of Cisco Live London. As I walk the halls, I continue to be amazed by the size, depth, and breadth of this event. Networking continues to grow, and thousands of people are eager to come together to see the latest.

Virtualization, SDN, and Radically Simplified Operations

Today many look to SDN as the next big revolution in Networking.  But why is there such hype?  What radical change in the economics of networking will shift the industry?  The answer is Virtualization. Virtualization’s growth is still in its infancy, and many aspects remain unexplored.  Still there are aspects of which we are certain: […]