Ish Limkakeng


Cloud Networking

Ishmael (Ish) Limkakeng is the Senior Vice President of Cloud Networking responsible for Cisco’s cloud networking solutions portfolio. He sets the strategy for Cloud Networking and leads the engineering team in transforming our customers’ data center infrastructure to a modern cloud native, hybrid cloud architecture. Ish is an accomplished leader with broad business expertise, deep networking technical knowledge, and proven experience in the scaling of operational capabilities from start-up to enterprise. Prior to this role, Ish was Senior Vice President of Cisco’s Customer Solutions Marketing where he drove messaging, promotion and positioning of the Cisco portfolio. He served as the executive champion orchestrating and interconnecting resources across Sales, Marketing and Engineering to ensure a clear and consistent marketing strategy for Cisco’s technology portfolio. He also led Cisco’s Customer Experience Product Management organization as Senior Vice President. Under his leadership, the team built a comprehensive portfolio of software and service offerings to deliver exceptional customer outcomes. Over his 23 years at Cisco, Ish served as the Vice President, Product Management of Insieme Networks prior to its acquisition by Cisco, and Senior Vice President of the Data Center Business Group afterwards. He was instrumental in leading the product and marketing functions across the full Nexus line of switches and Cisco’s Intent-Based Networking solutions for the data center, including Cisco ACI, Cisco Tetration, and the Cisco Network Assurance Engine. Earlier in his Cisco tenure, he was the Vice President of Sales, Networking and Security; Vice President, Strategy and Planning, Enterprise Networking Technology Group; and Vice President, Product Management, Desktop Switching. Ish holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and a Bachelor’s in Science, Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a master’s degree from Harvard Business School.


June 14, 2022


Introducing Nexus Cloud, Agility of Cloud, Power of Nexus

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Introducing Nexus Cloud: the easiest way to deploy, manage and operate your cloud network. Nexus Cloud is all about simplicity, providing end-to-end visibility—from endpoint to site and back again.

March 26, 2021


Create the Future with a Trusted Partner  

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Now is the time to consider how your organization’s needs will evolve, and begin planning for those changes. The breadth and depth of our portfolio help customers to to accelerate their digital agility in a cloud-first world — by connecting their people, securing their organizations, and automating their infrastructure.

August 26, 2020


Why Cisco Is a leader in Infrastructure Automation Platforms

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Cisco is making waves in the infrastructure and cloud automation market! Learn why we were named a leader in The Forrester Wave™ Infrastructure and Automation Platforms, Q3 2020 report. #TheForresterWave

Connected Experiences at Cisco Live! 2020

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Cisco Connected Experiences are solutions that bring together the power of Cisco's entire portfolio, and provide the infrastructure needed to drive innovation forward. Join us at Cisco Live to hear about what Cisco Connected Experiences can do for you and your business.