Shashi Kiran

Senior Director, Market Management

Data Center, Cloud and Open Networking

Shashi Kiran is the Senior Director and worldwide Market Manager for Data Center, Cloud Networking and SDN at Cisco. In this role, he oversees the global market market management for products and solutions across Cisco's multi-billion dollar data center and cloud networking portfolio.

He and his team have been responsible for the marketing aspects of SDN solutions including Cisco's Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI), Cisco's Open Network Environment (ONE) strategy as well as bringing Cisco's Intercloud Fabric to market with overall responsibilities for messaging, positioning, audience centric value proposition and competitive posture. Shashi and his team also work closely with Cisco sales and channel partners to scale their marketing and business efforts globally.

Previously, Shashi led the marketing effort for Cisco's $13B+ Data Center Networking, Virtualization and Enterprise Switching portfolio, which included Cisco's Catalyst, Nexus and MDS product families. He also had responsibility in other areas, including aspects of Security, WAN optimization, Application load balancing etc.

Shashi has also led Enterprise Routing product and solutions marketing at Cisco, which included the ISR and ASR families. He also was involved in Cisco's SmartGrid strategy at a conceptual stage.

In his nearly two decade career, Shashi has held leadership roles in the areas of Product Line Management, Marketing and Sales engineering focusing on Security, Routing, Metro Ethernet, Energy Efficiency and hi-touch services for Enterprise, Service Provider and Public Sector initiatives. Prior to Cisco he worked with Nortel, venture funded start-up Euclid Inc. and the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (Dept. of IT, Govt. of India). He was also an editorial consultant and columnist for the Network Magazine (Indian edn.) from 1997-2001 in a honorary capacity.

Shashi has also contributed to standards bodies, primarily in security, and frequently speaks at industry events on a diverse range of technology areas.

He holds a Bachelors degree in Electronics Engineering and a Masters in Business Adminstration, in addition to executive leadership programs at Harvard and Standford Universities. He is also an active CISSP certification holder.

Follow Shashi Kiran on Twitter @ www.twitter.com/netkiran.


August 28, 2013


The Next Paradigm Shift: Application-Centric Infrastructure (ACI) gets ready to rumble

4 min read

To know more about Application Centric Infrastructure join us for a special webcast with John Chambers and Soni Jiandani on November 6th at 10:30 am EST/7:30 pm PST/15:30 GMT Register Here  True Innovators are not easy to find. In fact, people who build next-generation innovations and succeed are certifiably rare. Repeat successes with these innovations […]

June 17, 2013


Cisco, IBM and the Linux Foundation discuss Open Source in Networked Environments

1 min read

Hi all, As we continue to expand on the conversation of the Cisco Open Network Environment (Cisco ONE), this week provides yet another educational opportunity (Register here) to discuss a topic that has become some what top of mind to customers, partners and even investors alike. This is the topic of open source in networked […]

June 14, 2013


Using Open Source in Networked Environments

1 min read

While the topic of Open Source is not new,  the topic of using open source in today’s networks has gained momentum in recent times, which, not surprisingly, coincides with the broader conversation of open networking. While there is considerable interest, there is also a lot of confusion. Several questions pop-up: – What is Open Source vs. an […]

May 13, 2013


Open Networking and SDN perspectives with Dr.Jim Metzler

1 min read

As the hype cycle around aspects of  concepts like software-defined networking continue, customers are continuing to sift through and educate themselves to determine what is real and actionable.  I have had my fair share of participation in several events over the last 24 months,  and have been speaking to different audiences both gaining and sharing insights […]

April 24, 2013


Introducing MDS 9710 and 9250i – Raising the bar on Storage Networking

2 min read

Key requirements shaping Storage Networks With Big Data, trends like Internet of Everything hitting the data center and cloud, it is an exciting time for storage networking. These trends serve as market drivers with requirements for higher bandwidth, zero downtime coupled with some top careabouts like multi-protocol storage connectivity, ease of management, fast disaster recovery, low latency at scale […]

March 31, 2013


[Webcast]: An introduction to Cisco onePK with Ayman Sayed, SVP, NOSTG

2 min read

For those who are on the learning curve on various aspects of network programmability, open networking and SDN (like we are), I’d like to invite you to the third in a series of educational webicasts on these topics. Brought under the umbrella of the Cisco Open Network Environment, this particular webcast focuses on “An introduction […]

February 12, 2013


Valentine’s Day Webcast – “An Introduction to OpenFlow”

What better way to spend Valentine’s day than to watch a webcast on OpenFlow and SDN, perhaps with your significant other? The last couple of years have seen considerable buzz around aspects of software-defined networking.  A significant portion of the early seed discussion was around OpenFlow.  As part of the Cisco Open Network Environment webcast series, […]

January 28, 2013


Citrix NetScaler VPX gets going on the Cisco 1110 Virtual Network Services platform

2 min read

 This week at Cisco live! in London, Citrix is demonstrating the Citrix NetScaler VPX virtual application delivery controller (vADC) on the Nexus 1110 Cloud Services Platform . NetScaler VPX is the industry-leading vADC and is further testimony to the expanding ecosystem for the Cisco Nexus 1000V virtual networking portfolio and the Cloud Network Services platform. The […]

January 27, 2013


Lowering Barriers to Hybrid Cloud Adoption – Challenges and Opportunities

3 min read

Cloud computing has evolved from the hype cycle of the last few years, to being an integral part of the Enterprise IT strategy as well as a fundamental service provider offering.  The types of cloud constructs have evolved as well – public, private, hybrid and community clouds are all the basic variants, with more sophisticated […]

December 9, 2012


Cisco Open Network Environment – Introducing the Knowledge Portal

2 min read

Over the last several months, since Cisco announced its Open Network Environment strategy, there has been considerable progress on multiple fronts: – Early field trials (EFTs) with several Enterprise and Service Provider customers – Proof-of-concepts (PoCs) and customer feedback providing more insight into use-cases and product evolution – Several acquisitions have been announced that complement […]