Roland Acra

Senior Vice President & General Manager

Data Center Networking

Roland Acra joined Cisco in November 2016 and leads the product teams focused on data center switching, unified computing, application modeling, and data-driven analytics for network automation and policy.

From 2013 through 2016, Roland consulted about predictive analytics and statistical inference models for Internet of Things (IoT) and smart grid applications. He was previously CEO of Arch Rock, a sensor networking startup acquired by Cisco in 2010 as part of its Smart Grid business unit.

Prior to Arch Rock, he was CEO of Procket Networks. From 1991 through 2003, Roland held several general management and executive leadership positions at Cisco in the United States and EMEA.

Roland's expertise is in Internet routing, distributed systems, sensor networks, and statistical learning algorithms. He is a graduate of Ecole Polytechnique and Télécom ParisTech (France) and holds an MSc degree in statistics from Texas A&M, where he presently advises on the Masters in Analytics program.


January 29, 2019


The Cisco Data Center Goes Anywhere Your Data Is

3 min read

Cisco Data Center Anywhere delivers security and consistency across the network, with simplicity and management from a single screen, all with a multicloud strategy that starts with your existing data center.

March 27, 2018


New Portability Options for Cisco’s Data Center Networking Software and Hardware

1 min read

Cisco now offers portability options for the Nexus switch and NX-OS, including Cisco Cloud Scale SAI. Now, you can run NX-OS on a third-party platform, independent from the Nexus switch.

March 5, 2018


Workload protection is a full cycle. Tetration uniquely delivers on it all.

2 min read

With Tetration, Cisco protects application workloads wherever they are deployed, offering full cycle protection for any vendor’s infrastructure in any data center and across any cloud.

January 30, 2018


Assuring the Full Promise of Intent-Based Networking: Introducing the Cisco Network Assurance Engine

3 min read

Learn how the Cisco Network Assurance Engine delivers on Intent-based Networking to capture your network's intent, accelerate change, predict outages and assure security policy compliance.