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Tom Edsall

Senior Vice President / General Manager
Insieme Business Unit

Tom Edsall, formerly a Cisco Fellow, serves as SVP and GM for the Insieme Business Unit at Cisco Systems. Insieme is focused on helping its customers build next generation data centers that deliver agility, performance, scale, and security with open ecosystems. With a full, integrated portfolio, Cisco and Insieme offer the Nexus 9000 line of switches with CloudScale Technology, automation with choice in SDN solutions including industry leading Cisco ACI, orchestration with Cisco CloudCenter, and Tetration Analytics – offering full visibility into all data center activity.

Prior to leading the business unit, Tom served as a Cisco Fellow and the Chief Technology Officer. Tom was a co-founder of Insieme Networks, acquired by Cisco in November 2013. Prior to Insieme Networks, Tom held various roles including Cisco Fellow in the Server and Access Virtualization Business Unit, Senior Vice President and CTO of the Data Center, Switching and Services Group at Cisco. He also served as General Manager of the Cisco Data Center Business Unit responsible for the MDS and Nexus 7000 product lines, and served as CTO and co-founder of Andiamo Systems, another Cisco spin-in.

Prior to Andiamo, Tom served as Vice President of Engineering at Cisco and was one of the system architects responsible for the Cisco Catalyst 5000 and 6000 product lines. Tom was a co-founder and a member of the senior engineering management team at Crescendo Communications, Cisco's first acquisition.

Tom holds a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University, where he enjoys guest lecturing from time to time. Tom is particularly passionate about innovation in the network and holds more than 100 patents. And he climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro this past June with his family.

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