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Frank Palumbo

Senior Vice President

Global Data Center Sales

As Senior Vice President of Global Data Center Sales for Cisco, Frank leads one of Cisco’s strategic architectural sales teams and is responsible for $10B in annual sales for the company. Since joining Cisco more than 20 years ago, Frank has helped to pioneer and expand Cisco into new, adjacent markets, building the foundation for Cisco’s global data center architecture sales with data center switching and compute technologies. And more recently, growing strong market share as Cisco expanded to the software business with SDN and analytics.

Frank has a passion for running and has completed 19 marathons, including Boston, Chicago and Philadelphia – running the NYC Marathon every year since 2004. He has also completed 10 NYC triathlons.

Frank holds a degree in business administration from Rutgers University, and he serves on the board of the Rutgers Business School.

Articles

August 30, 2016

EXECUTIVE PLATFORM

Open Pay: Redefining Financial Flexibility & Unlocking the Growth Potential

Co-Authors: Frank Palumbo, SVP, Global Data Center Sales and Kristine A. Snow, President, Cisco Capital Digital transformation is no future state. It’s happening now. In fact, according to Gartner there are 125,000 enterprises in the U.S. alone that are now launching digital transformation projects involving companies of all sizes from nimble startups to global conglomerates. […]

June 1, 2016

EXECUTIVE PLATFORM

Next Generation Data Center: ACI Leads the Way

More than 1,800 customers are deploying Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) because they see great value in its ability to automate IT tasks, accelerate application deployments and reduce data center TCO....

March 14, 2016

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Reinventing the Data Center for a Digital World: Cisco HyperFlex Systems

Successful innovators can sneak up on you. Apple’s iPhone actually followed a string of other smart phones from competitors like Nokia, Microsoft and Research in Motion (Blackberry). Nor were Google, Facebook or Netflix the first movers in their markets- or Henry Ford if you want to go further back. There were already competitors in each […]

February 12, 2016

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Cisco and VCE Continue to Lead the Industry

A few weeks ago, EMC took the opportunity during their earnings to reaffirm their commitment to VCE and demonstrate the success of the business by staking claim to a US$3B annualized run rate.  I’d like to congratulate VCE on its continued success and reinforce the strategic nature of VCE to Cisco. Cisco and EMC have […]

October 2, 2015

EXECUTIVE PLATFORM

Data Centers: Applications, Networks and Chicken-Salad Sandwiches

You’ve seen the data points: 30 million new devices connected to the Internet each week. A whopping 50 billion connected by 2020. This surge of connectivity – driven largely by...

February 18, 2015

EXECUTIVE PLATFORM

How a Traffic Jam in Hong Kong Gave Me Hope

A couple weeks ago, I had the opportunity to travel to China and South Korea to meet with Cisco customers and partners. The meetings went well, but it was clear that these countries share what seems like a universal condition afflicting so many cities all over the world: traffic. I know what you’re thinking, “Traffic? […]

October 28, 2014

EXECUTIVE PLATFORM

Balancing Innovation and Evolution: Cutting Through the Noise

Thinking back to how much the data center has transformed in the past ten, five, or even two years is enough to make your head spin. Keeping pace with these...

August 19, 2014

EXECUTIVE PLATFORM

Future-Proofing the Data Center in a World of Accelerated Change

One thing that I frequently hear when speaking with our data center customers is how the application landscape is in a constant state of accelerated change. Demands on the IT department have evolved rapidly over the past few years, compelling many customers to transform their operations with virtualization and cloud computing. Today’s challenges include addressing the […]

It’s all about you: thanks for making Cisco’s Unified Computing System #1

When we talk about Cisco UCS success, we could boast about how, in just five short years, Cisco has earned the #1 position for x86 blade server sales in the Americas. Or, brag on how we achieved 39% revenue growth in a period where the other top five vendors saw flat or declining numbers, according […]