Cisco Hires Former Sun VP as Its First Cloud CTO

 
 
By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-06-25 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The appointment of Lew Tucker, an accomplished IT architect, technician and administrator, is a clear sign to competitors such as Hewlett-Packard and IBM that Cisco Systems is serious about getting deep into the cloud-building and provisioning wars.

SAN FRANCISCO-Cisco Systems, which is swiftly moving into the cloud computing infrastructure business and which will announce new cloud computing services at next week's Cisco Live conference in Las Vegas, has named former Sun Microsystems cloud guru Lew Tucker as its first cloud computing CTO.

Tucker told eWEEK about his appointment June 24 at the GigaOm Structure conference here at the UCSF Mission Bay Conference center.

Tucker will report to Cisco CTO Padmasree Warrior and to Tony Bates, who is senior vice president and general manager of Cisco's Service Provider Group.

The appointment of Tucker, an accomplished IT architect, technician and administrator, is a clear sign to competitors such as Hewlett-Packard and IBM that Cisco is serious about getting deep into the cloud-building and provisioning wars.

Tucker, who will interface directly with system architects and software developers, told eWEEK that "we definitely need to make the network more programmable and intelligent, and we will develop the ecosystem to do that."

Tucker started his new job the week of June 21 and said he has his first set of meetings on Monday, June 28.

Cisco has seen its business evolve quickly in the last several years-from establishing itself the world's No. 1 switch-and-router-producing Internet pipe fitter to becoming a major data center infrastructure player in direct competition with such long-established players as IBM, Oracle/Sun and Hewlett-Packard.

The company introduced its Unified Computing System server architecture in March 2009 and has since added key peripheral businesses such as WebEx, TelePresence and even the Flip video camera to scale out its offerings.


 
 
 
 
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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