Sumeet Arora

SVP Engineering

Core Software Group - US

Sumeet is senior vice president and general manager of SP Network Systems at Cisco. In this role, he leads the engineering, development, and product management team for the Service Provider network systems portfolio. He has been with Cisco since 1997, and during this time, has driven a number of industry-leading transitions across a breadth of Cisco products and technologies.

His team delivers innovation for Service Provider networking across routing, optical transport, and new business models. In addition, they develop products and capabilities for mass scale networking with focus on developing open, adaptive, modular, and programmable products enabling web speed of development and web scale deployment.

During his 20 years at Cisco, Sumeet has led the development and delivery of flagship Service Provider routing products such as the Cisco 12000, CRS-1/3, and the NCS 1K/5K/5500/6000. His work has included driving the early evolution of IOS-XR operating system to the edge of the networks. He has worked closely with many customers in helping them build world-class networks and thereby earning their trust and confidence. Sumeet has also been a key member of the Data Center team at Cisco and has led the strategy and development of NXOS to better meet the needs of the business under disruptive market transitions. His team has also led the delivery of many software capabilities across the Nexus 3K/5K/7K and Nexus 9K product families.

Sumeet has a Bachelor of Technology degree in Electronics and Communications from Indian Institute Of Technology at Varanasi, India and MBA in Global Management. He also has a Certificate in Advanced Software Systems from Stanford University.

When Sumeet isn’t working, he spends time reading, hiking, working on home improvements, and spending time with his wife and their two children.


Interoperability in an open networking world

In an industry where open networking is increasingly valued by Service Providers, interoperable solutions become even more important. Know more about Cisco participation to EANTC Multi-Vendor Interoperability Test 2018.

Highlights from Cisco Live Barcelona: Transformation through Innovation

Sumeet Arora shares some of the key messages conveyed during his keynote address at Cisco Live Europe in Barcelona back in January, mainly how to achieve “transformation through innovation.”

December 13, 2017


IOS XR, Networking without Compromise

Discover why IOS XR is the best networking operating system across merchant and Cisco silicons.

December 12, 2017


Cisco Networking Software Helps Build the New Network

Discover how Cisco software innovations help Service Providers transform their networks.

October 27, 2017


Digital India: Driving the Next Wave of Innovation in Mass Scale Networking

India is experiencing unprecedented digital growth, and Cisco is part of this journey. Catch Sumeet Arora as he talks about this important partnership in his keynote at India Mobile Congress 2017.

February 25, 2017


Radical Transformation of Network Operations – Transformation Through Automation

Today offers a great opportunity for transforming your network operations with software enabled automation. Service providers will be able to leverage and adapt their networks to serve as a digital innovation platform, building a business partner ecosystem that can deliver innovative and profitable services to their end consumers.

February 25, 2017


WAN Automation–Not Just Another New Release, but a Game Changer

Cisco WAN Automation Engine (WAE) is enabling real-time network planning and the latest release, WAE 7.0 is now available.

November 30, 2016


Oh, How Far We’ve Come in Building Cloud-Scale Networking

It’s been a year since I wrote this blog detailing our software innovations aimed at helping Service Providers address the ever-increasing challenges imposed by digitization. IOS XR for cloud-scale networking has really taken flight since then and I am proud to share with you some highlights from the journey thus far. Our strategy is essentially […]

August 18, 2016


Charting New Paths the Cisco Way

Embracing disruption ensures our relevance and leadership in an evolving ecosystem of contributors and competitors.

November 19, 2015


Software Innovations for Cloud Scale Networking

Back in 2011, web pioneer Marc Andreessen wrote an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, entitled “Why software is eating the world”. I couldn’t agree more! First, let’s have a look at what’s going on in the industry at large. Every company in every vertical industry is facing unprecedented competitive pressure from new players making […]