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December 5-6, 2016: Training
December 6–8, 2016: Tutorials & Conference

Accelerating time to value at petascale with Cisco UCS (sponsored)

1:45pm–2:25pm Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Location: 334/335

What you'll learn

  • Explore Cisco UCS and discover use cases and best practices


As data becomes the lifeblood of organizations, traditional business boundaries are changing—particularly with regards to collecting, storing, and processing large amounts of data optimally and cost effectively. Raghunath Nambiar explores the architectural components of building large-scale big data systems with Cisco UCS, as well as use cases, lessons learned, best practice guidelines, and Cisco Validated Designs.

This keynote is sponsored by Cisco.

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Raghunath Nambiar


Raghunath Nambiar is the chief technology officer of Cisco’s Unified Computing System (UCS) business. He helps define strategies for next generation architectures, systems, and datacenter solutions, as well as leads a team of engineers and product leaders focused on emerging technologies and solutions – big data, analytics, internet of things and artificial intelligence. He has played an instrumental role in accelerating the growth of the Cisco UCS to a top datacenter compute platform. Raghu was previously a Cisco distinguished engineer and chief architect of big data and analytics solution engineering responsible for incubating and growing it to a mainstream portfolio. He brings years of technical accomplishments with significant expertise in systems architecture, performance engineering, and creating disruptive technology solutions. Raghu has served in leadership positions on industry standards committees for performance evaluation and leading academic conferences. He chaired industry’s first standards committee for benchmarking big data systems, industry’s first standards committee for benchmarking Internet of Things, and founding chair of TPC’s International Conference Series on Performance Evaluation and Benchmarking. He has published more than 50 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters, 10 books in Lecture Series in Computer Science (LNCS), and holds six patents with several pending. Prior to Cisco, Raghu was an architect at Hewlett-Packard responsible for several industry-first and disruptive technology solutions and a decade of performance benchmark leadership. He holds master’s degrees from University of Massachusetts and Goa University and completed an advanced management program from Stanford University.

Raghu’s recent book titled Transforming Industry Through Data Analytics examines the role of analytics in enabling digital transformation, how the explosion in internet connections affects key industries, and how applied analytics will impact our future.