Raghunath Nambiar is a distinguished engineer and chief architect of big data and analytics solution engineering. His current focus areas include emerging technologies, data center solutions, and big data and analytics strategy. He is Cisco’s representative for standards bodies for system performance. He has years of technical accomplishments with significant expertise in system architecture, performance engineering and creating disruptive technology solutions. He has served on several industry standard committees for performance evaluation and program committees of leading academic conferences. He chaired the industry’s first standards committee for benchmarking big data systems. He is a member of the IEEE big data steering committee, board of directors of the Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC), and founding chair of its International Conference Series on Performance Evaluation and Benchmarking. He has published 50+ peer-reviewed papers and book chapters. Raghu holds master's degrees from University of Massachusetts and Goa University, and completed advanced management program from Stanford University.