I am currently a Principal Technical Marketing Engineer at Cisco Systems, working in Enterprise switching. My team is responsible for product marketing and management of Catalyst switches. Previously we handled Nexus as well. I am focused on automation and programmability of our devices. This includes technologies such as NETCONF, as well as some third party tools like Ansible and Puppet. I also work with numerous Cisco automation tools such as APIC-EM, DCNM, ACI, and ISE, to name a few. As a TME I work on educating our field and customers about Cisco products, evangelizing programmability, as well as working with engineering to steer our product direction.
Before working at Cisco, I was the Network Architect for Juniper Networks corporate IT. During my six years at Juniper, we re-architected the main campus backbone, and built a brand new campus as well. We re-built the WAN to replace our old IPSec-based network with Juniper-managed MPLS. I designed our multicast-over-MPLS backbone which used NGMVPN. At Juniper I also worked on consolidating our 18 global data centers and our move to the cloud. (AWS and O365.)
Prior to Juniper I worked at a national Cisco Gold partner in both pre-sales and post-sales roles, mostly focused on security products. I was also the lead network engineer and architect for the San Francisco Chronicle in the early 2000’s. We replaced nearly every part of that network in the five years I worked there, and also oversaw a merger.
I started my career in IT doing end-user technical support, network design, and server support for small companies in the San Francisco Bay Area. I was into computer communications, however, long before I started my career. I operated a Bulletin Board System (BBS) on my Apple IIGS in the late 80’s, and was the technical manager of my college TV station during the early switch to digital.
I have a Master of Science degree in Telecommunications Management from Golden Gate University. I hold CCIE #14023 in Routing/Switching and Security. I also hold JNCIE-SP #2332. I am active in the certification community, including writing exam questions for certifications.