Raghunath Nambiar

No Longer with Cisco

Raghu Nambiar helps define strategies for next generation architectures, systems, and datacenter solutions, as well as leads a team of engineers and product leaders focused on emerging technologies and solutions – big data, analytics, internet of things and artificial intelligence. He has played an instrumental role in accelerating the growth of the Cisco UCS to a top datacenter compute platform. Raghu was previously a Cisco distinguished engineer and chief architect of big data and analytics solution engineering responsible for incubating and growing it to a mainstream portfolio. He brings years of technical accomplishments with significant expertise in systems architecture, performance engineering, and creating disruptive technology solutions.

Raghu has served in leadership positions on industry standards committees for performance evaluation and leading academic conferences. He chaired industry’s first standards committee for benchmarking big data systems, industry’s first standards committee for benchmarking Internet of Things, and founding chair of TPC’s International Conference Series on Performance Evaluation and Benchmarking. He has published more than 50 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters, 10 books in Lecture Series in Computer Science (LNCS), and holds five patents with several pending. Prior to Cisco, Raghu was an architect at Hewlett-Packard responsible for several industry-first and disruptive technology solutions and a decade of performance benchmark leadership. He holds master’s degrees from University of Massachusetts and Goa University and completed an advanced management program from Stanford University.

Raghu’s recent book titled Transforming Industry Through Data Analytics examines the role of analytics in enabling digital transformation, how the explosion in internet connections affects key industries, and how applied analytics will impact our future.


December 13, 2017


Towards an industry standard for benchmarking AI

2 min read

After decades of struggle and disappointing results, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is finally coming into its own. Recent advances in computational power, mathematical refinements enabling the creation of much deeper neural networks, and dramatic improvements in techniques used to train machine learning systems have all combined to create applications with real practical value. IBM’s Watson beating […]

November 20, 2017


Once again, Proud to Be First – IoT Performance

2 min read

Over the past three decades, industry standard bodies like the TPC and SPEC have developed several standards for performance benchmarking. These standards have been a significant driving force behind the development of...

November 1, 2017


Introducing the First Benchmark Standard for HCI

2 min read

Industry standards enable fair competition and provide an objective “truth” to the customers. No one buys a car without first inquiring about its miles per gallon and vehicle safety ratings. Prior to the advent of standards, developed and administered by neutral parties, there was no way to compare different systems as each vendor would showcase […]

September 29, 2017


Things, Analytics and the Future of Cities

3 min read

Last year at Strata New York, we spoke about the first truly connected Olympics. This year we’ve chosen an equally interesting topic: the impact of technological innovation on our cities. The technology landscape is changing faster than ever. What’s more, access to the technology is becoming far more widespread, almost universal. Take smartphones for example […]

September 15, 2017


Introducing the First Benchmark Standard for IoT 

2 min read

We have reached a point where virtually every electronic device can be connected to the internet and interact with its surrounding environment. The explosive growth of the Internet of Things...

July 20, 2017


It’s all about digital transformation! Annoucing 5th Generation of Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure for Analytics

2 min read

The nature of technology is innovation. Innovation challenges the norm, creating new ways to do things; and disrupting and displacing established ways with better methods and even whole paradigm shifts that completely change how the world operates. It is not that unusual for a new company to create a new market with an innovative idea, product […]

May 31, 2017


Real-Time Data Warehouse with MemSQL on Cisco UCS

2 min read

We are at an inflection point where we are moving to a world where everything is connected to everything else. That’s what the Internet of Things (IoT) means. The IoT links objects to the internet creating the always-on economy by enabling data and insights never available before. By definition, the always-on economy requires real-time analytics. With analytics […]

February 20, 2017


Edge-to-Enterprise IoT Analytics – Powered by Cisco and SAS

4 min read

Welcome to Cisco Live Berlin!  Today, I want to introduce the industry’s first comprehensive edge-to-enterprise analytics solution in partnership with SAS. In my earlier blog, I discussed the promise of connecting the unconnected. Here I will be talking about how to make this a meaningful reality. The Internet of Everything (IoE) will transform every industry, every […]

November 10, 2016


Data Unstored: The Story Behind the S-Series … and Workloads

8 min read

What does Data Unstored mean?   It begins with connecting the unconnected. That the world is undergoing digital transformation is without question. Billions of devices are connected to the internet, and billions more will be connected by 2020. Over three and a half billion people have internet access today with another billion and a half […]