Frank D'Agostino

No Longer with Cisco

Frank D’Agostino is a recognized expert in SDN, virtualization, and cloud whose track record for business outcomes includes acquisitions of Nicira Networks for $1.2B by VMware and Insieme Networks for $863M by Cisco Systems.

As Senior Director at Cisco Systems, Frank leads business development, technical marketing, and production management for Application Centric Infrastructure, SDN, InterCloud Fabric, and Nexus 9000/3000.

As Vice President of WW Technical Operations at Nicira Networks, Frank built the industry’s first SDN technical organization, with responsibilities including technical go to market and customer engagements.

Frank has over 30 years of experience building and leading teams in the web, cloud, and information technology industries with direct experience leading data center operations and infrastructure for industries in healthcare, financial, & energy.

Frank founded the professional services organization and developed all services products and contracts for implementation and operations services for Anixter Inc., driving services over a wide variety of technology partners and infrastructure providers.

As a global executive, Frank focuses on results – timing what is relevant with market demand, resulting in billions of dollars in revenue.

He holds a CCIE 3461 in Emeritus.


January 7, 2016


ACI Surpasses VMware NSX Again with Micro Segmentation & End-Point Granularity

7 min read

Cisco Systems Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) is the industry leading SDN platform according to Gartner, outpacing NSX by a factor of 2:1. ACI continues to accelerate past NSX by enabling Micro Segmentation and End-Point Granularity.  In real world data centers, there are many simultaneous application delivery end points including VM’s from multiple hypervisors, bare-metal hosts, […]

October 9, 2015


ACI Security – Open, Consistent, for Everyone

3 min read

Cisco is unquestionably leading in enterprise SDN adoption with over 1,000 ACI customers, 150+ customers in production, 45+ ecosystem partners benefiting from the ACI policy driven automation approach. The robust and open APIs made it easy for the technology partners to rapidly integrate with ACI. The result is customers have the broadest set of security, […]

February 10, 2015


MP-BGP eVPN control plane for VXLAN – SDN is growing up

7 min read

We are all proud parents of our products as developers, much like our own children, we see them born, care and feed for them, watch them carefully as they are unstable during early years, we do not go out much, they become more stable over time, and then something happens – they grow up and there is a need […]