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Kip Compton

SVP, Cloud Platform and Solutions Group

Kip Compton is Senior Vice President of Cisco’s Cloud Platform and Solutions group. Kip leads the company’s effort to help customers innovate in a multicloud, automated world which is core to Cisco’s strategy of delivering a secure, intelligent platform for digital business. Kip and his team work across Cisco and with key technology partners to deliver innovative cloud products, hybrid cloud solutions, and Cisco’s multicloud portfolio.

Kip’s organization develops world-class cloud orchestration solutions, private cloud software platforms, and network orchestration products. His team also leads Cisco’s ngena initiative to enable service providers to benefit from a new shared economy model for networking services, creates go-to-market strategies for the Cisco Cloud Portfolio, and enables Cisco's open source software contributions. In addition, Kip’s team drives the development of the world’s highest performance and most advanced data plane software used in cloud, virtualization and container networking. Kip and his team also enable Cisco partnerships with public cloud companies such as Google, Amazon, and Microsoft.

Kip has over 20 years of senior leadership experience driving innovation in cloud, services, the Internet of Things, and network engineering. Kip has held leadership roles with vendors as well as service providers. His areas of expertise include video, distributed systems, content distribution, collaboration technologies, and digital media security.

Previously, Kip served as Vice President of Cisco’s Internet of Things Systems and Software Group, where he was responsible for developing a broad portfolio of IoT connectivity platforms and advanced software platforms. Additionally, he served as General Manager of Cisco’s Service Provider Video Software and Solutions Group, Chief Technology Officer for Cisco’s Video and Collaboration Group, and Vice President and General Manager of Strategy and Product Management for the Service Provider Video Technology Group.

Before joining Cisco, he was with Comcast as Vice President of Video and Media Engineering, responsible for development of Comcast’s digital cable, content security, video on demand, and streaming media infrastructure and services.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science and a master’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and a MBA degree from the Wharton School. He holds multiple patents in the areas of digital video, content security, and networking.

Articles

August 11, 2017

CLOUD

The Growing Complexity with IoT, Cloud, and the Edge

The convergence of the Internet of Things (IoT), edge, and cloud has changed how enterprises balance core applications and processing capabilities between public clouds and the edge. Remote branch offices, manufacturing sites, and retail stores are no longer just connecting through a centralized WAN – a good majority of these connections are happening in the […]

June 30, 2017

CLOUD

Cisco Live Las Vegas 2017 Recap: There is No “I” in Cloud

Reflecting on Cisco Live 2017, I’m excited about Cisco’s role in shaping the future of digital business. Customers are also excited and want to know what that means for cloud.

June 19, 2017

CLOUD

Uncovering More Value from Cloud

Organizations want to know how they can innovate more and deliver new offerings for their users and customers with cloud. As I shared in my last blog, the focus has shifted from making workloads portable or getting the best pricing, to centering on how you can take advantage of the incredible innovation happening in cloud. I’m excited about how Cisco’s differentiated approach is helping customers do just that.

May 17, 2017

CLOUD

Beyond Workloads: The Changing Shape of Cloud Strategies

Over the last year, we’ve seen a significant shift in enterprise cloud strategies. What used to be about cost cutting, has become more about how to transform and digitize business. It’s all about innovation. CIOs we talk to are ready to make cloud investments to help solve business problems and bring better business outcomes. While cost is still important, the value they see from cloud goes beyond cost and focuses on how cloud can speed innovation while maximizing security at the best possible cost. If you are viewing cloud through the single lens of cost reduction, you may be missing a bigger opportunity.

April 27, 2017

CLOUD

Managing the Complexities of Multicloud

Many of you are already working in multicloud environments – a combination of public and private clouds (i.e., AWS, Azure, Google, and on-premise IT). In fact, IDC found that 84% of IT executives surveyed expect to use multiple clouds from multiple cloud providers. Organizations are pursuing multicloud for a variety of reasons including increasing revenue, reducing costs, decreasing time to market, or simplifying IT infrastructure. While a mulitcloud approach can deliver tremendous benefits, it can also create complexity, exposing a gap between the business need for digitization and what IT can reliably and confidently support.

March 16, 2017

CLOUD

Hybrid IT: The New Frontier

IT has evolved from running and maintaining traditional infrastructures, to a broader role of delivering new business outcomes. Enter Hybrid IT, which recognizes that where workloads run is just one small part of an entire IT infrastructure. More than just hybrid cloud, it’s a strategy that blends cloud and non-cloud capabilities, including networks, end-points, and workloads with the best that cloud can offer in public IaaS and SaaS. Despite recent outages with public cloud, enterprises need to strike a balance.

March 3, 2017

CLOUD

It’s a Complicated World Out There – Thoughts on the Amazon S3 Outage

It’s a complicated world out there, especially when it comes to cloud. Customers are trying to figure out the right cloud strategy, and it isn’t easy. The Amazon S3 outage is an example of just how complex the situation is. While that interruption only lasted four hours, the impacts were felt far and wide. So is public cloud still a viable option? Or course it is. Amazon Web Services published their post-mortem and the issue was human error and fully correctable. Despite this, there is no disputing the reliability of S3 which is on-par or even better than most enterprise storage options. It’s just that since AWS is so large and so pervasive, it makes the news when it fails and when that failure happens, we see multiple systems that all rely on S3 failing at once.

February 16, 2017

CLOUD

5 Imperative “Must Haves” for Your Cloud Strategy

Cloud is a top investment area for digital transformation but why is it that only 3% of enterprises have an optimized cloud strategy? In a recent InfoBrief sponsored by Cisco, IDC categorizes the maturity spectrum of cloud adopting organizations from ad-hoc (beginning awareness and immediacy to adopt) to optimized (mature and delivering IT-enabled products and services).

February 2, 2017

CLOUD

Getting to Better Business Outcomes with Cloud

I’ve spent a lot of time hearing from our customers about cloud adoption and there are three things they all agree on: (1) it’s essential to digitization, (2) not everyone starts the journey in the same place, and (3) there is no one-size-fits-all strategy. Some customers need support for new cloud native as well as […]