Kenneth Owens

Chief Technical Officer, Cloud Infrastructure Services

Ken Owens is Chief Technical Officer, Cloud Infrastructure Services at Cisco Systems. Ken is responsible for creating and communicating technical/scientific vision and strategy for Cloud Infrastructure Services (CIS) technical vision/strategy. He brings a compelling view of technology trends in enterprise IT (e.g., infrastructure, computing, SaaS, virtualization, and cloud) and evangelize the technology roadmap for the business.

Before joining Cisco in 2014, Ken spent over 7 years at Savvis as the Chief Scientist, CTO, and VP Security and Virtualization Technologies. Prior assignments include 5 years as a network security architect at A.G. Edwards & Sons, Inc., and Edward Jones brokerage firms in St. Louis, Mo, and 10 years in the design and architecture of communications systems and components for Erlang Technologies, Tellabs, and Wiltel.

Ken holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology.


March 18, 2016


minimesos – An experimentation and testing tool for Apache Mesos

Apache Mesos, it’s fair to say, is a battle-hardened system for treating your whole data center as one pool of resources. Through the use of frameworks and their APIs, it’s possible to manage and schedule resources across both data centers and different cloud environments. It is for these reasons that Mantl, our microservices framework, was […]

March 10, 2016


Cloud Native Computing Foundation Accepts Kubernetes as First Project

Today, the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) announced that their first project accepted is Kubernetes. This is an important initial milestone as this represents the first core functional component of a CNCF solution.  There will me more core functional components to come as the TOC is busy already investigating projects.  This is not validation that CNCF […]

February 18, 2016


Stateful Applications on Mantl Using the Mesos ELK Framework

Introduction Throughout this week the discussion has been focused on the necessity of a programmable infrastructure and the Mantl project. Mantl was formulated to deliver application level flexibility by providing a set of pluggable components. One of the main use cases for enterprises is data management and analytics. This post discusses a subset of these […]

February 16, 2016


Programmable Microservices Infrastructure with Mantl Release 1

Introduction The proliferation of a containers, public and private clouds and orchestration applications like Kubernetes and Apache Mesos have helped to ratify the use of microservices in production environments. Pini Reznik wrote a great blog summarizing the history here. However, experience shows that more time is being spent deploying, managing and debugging the infrastructure than […]

February 12, 2016


Cisco Live Berlin: Developer Hackathon and Cloud/OpenStack Sessions

Next week is Cisco Live Europe (CiscoLiveEurope) in Berlin, Germany. I wanted to get a quick blog post our before the week to highlight some of the pre-events, workshops, and sessions. For the second year, Cisco’s Developer Network (CiscoDevNet) is hosting a hackathon the weekend before and is sold out. You can keep up to […]

January 25, 2016


2016 Prediction #1 – Production Application Development and Deployment Rapidly Transforming to Microservices Architect …

As I look back on 2015 and the great effort of the Mantl.io and CiscoShipped.io teams, I am reminded of the efforts I had in the initial cloud computing efforts 8 years ago. The buzz and market interest in cloud computing then was not accepted by traditional hosting and telecommunications companies. A retail company understood […]

November 12, 2015


Why Containerize?

We are really looking forward to next week in Barcelona @dockercon Europe. As a sponsor and exhibitor we are really excited to be showing what Cisco is innovating with @docker and how we are enabling and delivering the platform for the digital disruption era. We extend a warm invitation to anyone who is interested to see how […]

November 10, 2015


Ceilometer + Monasca = Ceilosca

Integrating Monasca and Ceilometer seemed like a very good idea from the start. It would integrate all the OpenStack resources notifications and metrics as well as provide a unified storage layer for Monitoring and Metering, simplifying deployment at scale as well as opening the door for new solutions that weren’t possible before. So the team […]

November 5, 2015


Microservices Infrastructure – Mantl – Release 0.4

During the OpenStack Summit last week, we released Mantl 0.4. In this blog I would like to go into more details about the release. But first I’d like to start by explaining what Mantl is – and what it is not. System Integration as Open Source Mantl is a layered stack that takes care of […]