Session Speaker



Richard Plane

Chief Technology Officer, Data Center and Cloud Practice
Cisco Advanced Services

Richard Plane is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Cisco’s Advanced Services Data Center and Cloud Practice. The practice is responsible for providing architectural guidance, best practices, and recommendations on how customers can leverage Cisco solutions to bring maximum value to their stakeholders. Cisco’s data center solutions can be leveraged as the strategic foundation for virtualization, unified I/O and data center consolidation and provide a converged infrastructure that enables business applications to run more effectively, efficiently, and with optimal return on investment. The practice is also responsible for helping Solution and Service Providers, Enterprise, Commercial, and public sector customers assess where they are on the journey to a cloud computing operational model and assist them with the transformation and migration of their infrastructure and applications to take advantage of the benefits of a converged architecture and an automated operations.

Mr. Plane is a communications and information technology executive with over 25 years of experience and has a unique background as both a developer and consumer of enterprise technology solutions, holding corporate officer, CIO, and chief technologist positions. He is a recognized thought leader in business enablement through technology, cloud computing, and global and enterprise IT, sitting on a number of technology advisory boards and contributing to industry publications.

Prior to joining Cisco, Richard Plane was the Deputy CTO and head of Engineering and Product Development for Harris Cyber Integrated Solutions business unit responsible for architecting, directing, planning, and controlling the development of the Harris Trusted Enterprise Cloud. Before joining Harris, Mr. Plane was vice president and chief information officer for Aviat Networks, responsible for all the company’s information systems and ensuring the effective, efficient, and secure operation of all automated data processing systems. Mr. Plane received his Bachelor of Science degree from Barry University, and also attended the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration for his post graduate studies in Leadership Directions. 

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