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.


September 29, 2016


Digital transformation, Big Data and Hadoop …

There is no better venue than Strata + Hadoop 2016 to talk about digital transformation, big data and Hadoop. Let me start with the Internet of Everything which represents a global market transition driven by a surge in connections among people, processes, data and things. The Internet of Things is focused on devices, but when you connect the unconnected, the Internet […]

August 31, 2016


Beyond Hadoop-as-a-Service: The Opportunity for Big-Data-as-a-Service

I’ve written in the past about the opportunity for Hadoop-as-a-Service (HaaS) – providing self-service provisioning, elastic scaling, and support for multi-tenancy. But in my discussions with customers over the past year, it’s become clear that the opportunity is even bigger than Hadoop. The next big thing in big data is Big-Data-as-a-Service (BDaaS). There are three […]

August 1, 2016


Powering the Next Generation Big Data Architecture for Data-in-Motion and Data-at-Rest

Every enterprise is becoming a data business. Data is the lifeline that guides intelligent decision making, enabling enterprises to effectively serve their customers. The rise of data has led to the modernization of data infrastructure, with Apache Hadoop as a critical foundational element for data storage and processing. Designed as a multi-workload platform, Apache Hadoop, along with related […]

June 2, 2016


Forrester names Cisco UCS a Leader

Recognition for Cisco UCS continues! Forrester Research recently positioned Cisco as a “Leader” in their report: The Forrester Wave™: Big Data Hadoop-Optimized Systems, Q2 2016. Built on innovation, designed for business acceleration, and engineered with scale and performance in mind, our Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure for Big Data solutions continue to grow in all major […]

May 12, 2016


It’s all about analytics! 4th Generation of Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure for Big Data

It’s all about analytics! From data, to insight, and then action. Analytics, along with Internet of Things, represent the foundation of Digital Transformation that is changing businesses, industries, and lives globally. Fundamental to this transformation is ‘integrated’, ‘software defined’ many things including compute, storage, network and management. Through innovations, Cisco’s Unified Computing System (UCS) integrates […]

January 25, 2016


Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure for Big Data and Cisco ACI with SAP HANA Vora

One of the common topics of debate in data management circles has been – do Big Data solutions replace traditional database solutions? The industry trends show that it will not, but instead the two will coexist and complement each other. Following this theme of coexistence, two years ago we at Cisco shared our vision of integrating with […]

December 17, 2015


TPC-DS V2 – A new benchmark standard for SQL based Big Data systems

Announced today, TPC-DS V2 is the Industry’s first standard for benchmarking SQL based big data systems. Over the last two years, the Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC), has reinvented itself in several ways – with new standard developments in Big Data, Virtualization, and the Internet of Things. Foreseeing the demand for standards for characterizing big […]

September 28, 2015


Thinking Bigger! Cisco + IBM – Collaboration of giants brings industry-leading solution for big data analytics

In December 2014, we announced VersaStack, an integrated infrastructure reference solution for enterprise applications that combines technologies from Cisco and IBM. Further extending this partnership, today we are announcing support for IBM BigInsights for Apache Hadoop on our Cisco UCS Integrated infrastructure for Big Data – an industry-leading platform widely adapted for enterprise big data application deployments. The joint […]

August 3, 2015


Benchmarking Internet of Things (IoT)

Traditional to Big Data to IoT: Transaction Processing Performance Council Establishes Internet of Things Working Group (TPC-IoT) Over the past quarter century, the Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC) has developed several industry standard benchmarks for database performance, pretty much in line with major technology trends. The two most influential benchmark standards have been TPC-C (standard for benchmarking […]

June 5, 2015


Search Analytics Across Hybrid Cloud: Powered by Cisco Intercloud Fabric and Cisco UCS

Cisco Intercloud Fabric simplifies the process of securely extending your data center networks from your private cloud to a public or provider-hosted cloud. One of its many applications is data life-cycle management especially in the emerging Big Data space. Cisco Intercloud Fabric and Cisco UCS can enable sustained application performance on your IT infrastructure while effectively managing the scale of data growth […]

May 22, 2015


Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure for Big Data with MapR: with Support for Multi-Tenancy

Hadoop is a Game Changer ! Cisco and MapR have partnered to offer a comprehensive portfolio for enterprise Hadoop deployments that combines Cisco UCS and the MapR Distribution for Apache Hadoop. With significant investments in architectural innovations, the joint solution offers a high-performance platform that can be optimized and scaled for any size to meet the […]

April 28, 2015


A Comprehensive Approach to Building Your Big Data

One of the most exciting, yet challenging opportunities companies face today is related to data. Every year, they have to deal with about 40% more data than the year before. At this rate, by 2020, there will be 40 zettabytes of data in the world (40 trillion gigabytes) – that is 5,200 GB of data […]

January 9, 2015


Industry’s First Ever Standard Based Benchmark Result for Big Data

Over the past quarter century, industry standard bodies like the TPC and SPEC have developed several standards for performance benchmarking, which have been a significant driving force behind the development of faster, less expensive, and more energy efficient systems. The two most influential database benchmark standards have been TPC-C ( industry standard for benchmarking transaction processing systems) […]

November 18, 2014


Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure for Big Data with Splunk Enterprise

The Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure for Big Data is the third generation of Cisco UCS Common Platform Architecture (CPA) for Big Data with significant improvements in performance and capacity. The solution has been widely adopted across major sectors including agriculture, education, entertainment, finance, healthcare, manufacturing and governments. Today I’m pleased to announce that we are […]

October 13, 2014


Announcing Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure for Big Data

Big Data is expected to fuel the next industrial revolution; an early sign is the wide adoption across major sectors including agriculture, education, entertainment, finance, healthcare, manufacturing and governments. The Big data technology and services market is growing about six times the growth rate of overall information and communication technology market, at 27% compound annual growth to […]

August 18, 2014


Introducing TPCx-HS – first Industry Standard for Benchmarking Big Data Systems

Over the past quarter century, industry standard benchmarks have had a significant impact on the computing industry. Vendors use benchmark standards to illustrate performance competitiveness for their existing products, and to improve and monitor the performance of their products under development. Many buyers use the results as points of comparison when purchasing new computing systems. […]