Pete Johnson

Principal Architect

Global Partner Organization

Pete Johnson is a Principal Architect covering Cloud and Progrmmability for the Global Partner Organization at Cisco Systems Inc. He came to Cisco as part of the CliQr acquisition where he served as the Product Evangelist.

Previously, Pete worked at Hewlett-Packard for 20 years, including a stint as the HP.com Chief Architect and he had a variety of roles at HP Cloud as well.

When not at work, Pete busies himself building sets or working light mixing boards as a theater dad, is an obsessive New Orleans Saints fan, and has what might be an unhealthy amount of knowledge about Disney theme parks.

He co-hosts Cisco's Cloud Unfiltered podcast and can be found on Twitter at @nerdguru.


Function-as-a-Service 301: New Frontiers

2 min read

At some point in this series, either Function-as-a-Service 101: What is It? or Function-as-a-Services 201: Common Architectures, you might have said to yourself, “Wait a minute, Cisco sells servers so why are you talking about serverless technologies?”  Even keeping in mind the oxymoronic details discussed in the 101 post that there are actually servers still […]

August 22, 2017


Function-as-a-Service 201: Common Architectures

3 min read

In my last entry in this space, entitled Function-as-a-Service 101: What is it?, I introduced the concepts, players, and basic usage of Function-as-a-Service (FaaS).  But how are people actually using it?  Welcome to Function-as-a-Service 201: Common Architectures. Back in December at AWS re:Invent, the definitive talk on this topic was led by AWS Solution Architects […]

July 25, 2017


Function-as-a-Service 101: What is it?

4 min read

My favorite part about making a living in the tech industry is that there is always something new to learn.  When Amazon Web Services launched in 2006 it slowly began to change they way that people thought about compute infrastructure and software architectures.  But what is the next technology on the horizon that is positioned […]

May 25, 2017


Hybrid Cloud, Brownfield, and You

2 min read

IDC tells us that 68% of organizations have adopted cloud for enterprise apps and that most companies are using multiple clouds in a hybrid strategy. But once you’ve made the decision to go with a hybrid cloud strategy, among the challenges early on is, what to do with the hundreds if not thousands of virtual machines (VMs) you already have on your local vCenter or that IT is trying to get control of on AWS or Azure?

April 21, 2017


VGA Cables and WiFi Access as Cloud Adoption Predictors

5 min read

I spend most of my time educating channel partners, most of them Value-Added Resellers (VARs) on how Cisco CloudCenter can help them help their customers with a hybrid cloud strategy. What I’ve noticed in my first year at Cisco after being part of the CliQr acquisition is that selling cloud services is very different than the traditional VAR box sale.

March 24, 2017


Cloud Buyers and the Org Charts They Live In

3 min read

Cloud products have a very different kind of buyer than traditional hardware gear. Cisco, long a trusted supplier of the IT organization, is getting to know a new and increasingly influential group of people: Developers in line of business teams.

February 24, 2017


An OSI Model for Cloud

3 min read

In 1984, after years of having separate thoughts on networking standards, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Telegraph and Telephone Consultative Committee (CCITT) jointly published the Open Systems Interconnection Reference Model, more commonly known as the OSI model. In the more than three decades that have passed since its inception, the OSI model has given millions of technologists a frame of reference to work from when discussing networking, which has worked out pretty well for Cisco.

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