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Individual Member Profile


Vijoy Pandey

Date Joined
December 13, 2018

Statement of Interest

To build an open, extensible, infrastructure stack that is easily operable in a zero touch manner through a intent/model driven interface, touching upon all aspects of infrastructure planning, design, engineer, build and operate.


Vijoy is the VP and CTO of Cloud at Cisco, having joined Cisco in August 2018.

Vijoy was previously at Google where he has held various leadership roles in the architecture, engineering and operations of Google's global data center networking footprint, Cloud networking, and their two global WAN networks. He also led the development of software and systems for intent-driven zero-touch automation, diagnostic telemetry, data analytics and ML/AI and application-level awareness in the infrastructure.

Prior to Google, Vijoy served in numerous CTO capacities including CTO of Networking at IBM Cloud and at IBM Systems and Software Group; CTO of Blade Network Technologies, and has led global Engineering teams at Blade Network Technologies, Nortel and Alteon.

Vijoy has led the industry’s automation and data analytics efforts for cloud-scale networks, and was instrumental in delivering many industry firsts – including the first intent-driven e2e automation framework at Cloud scale, the first Open Source SDN controller; the first VM-aware switch, and the first low-latency HFT/HPC switch.

He has a Ph.D. in Computer Science, and holds over 60 patents in distributed systems & networking.

  • Cisco - From 2018-08-01 (Current)
  • Google Inc. - From 2014-03-01 To 2018-07-31
  • IBM - From 2010-10-01 To 2014-02-28


Vijoy is a candidate in the January 2020 Board Election .


What is your relationship to OpenStack Foundation (OSF), and why is its success important to you? What would you say is your biggest contribution to the OSF and the success of its projects to date?


As CTO for Cloud at Cisco, one of the pur key products in the space is CVIM, or the Cisco Virtual Infra Manager. CVIM is based on OpenStack and is a critical piece of the telecommunications cloud and edge cloud strategies. As an example, CVIM was a key component of the Rakuten 4G-5G rollout in Japan announced this year, and plays a key role in other Telco Cloud deployments. The evolution of CVIM, its relationship with our Kubernetes products, and its usage in our compute and hyperconverged infrastructure products are just some ways why OSF's success is important to me and to Cisco.

I have been serving on the OSF Board for a year now.

Prior to Cisco, as the foundational member and CTO of IBM Systems Networking, when our company BNT was acquired by IBM in 2010, we pushed the integration of a variety of networking management paradigms into OpenStack/Neutron. Our network virtualization offering DOVE (which was also eventually completely open sourced) was our first integration into Neutron, and we worked very closely with the Group Based Policy team in Cisco to align where the policy framework was headed.

I was also one of the key proponents and architects of using OpenStack alongside the Tivoli software stack in IBM to build an SDE solution for IBM, back in 2012. The software stack was productized as part of the Blue Mix PaaS offering and also introduced in IBM Soft Layer as a managed offering.


Describe your experience with other non-profits or serving as a board member. How does your experience prepare you for the role of a board member?


I am a board member of a few startups in the infrastructure space, and was a founding member of the Open Daylight Project within the LF. I helped form Open Daylight with code contributions from IBM (DOVE - a network overlay control plane) and Cisco (the Open Flow controller from Dave Ward's CTO Group at Cisco). I served on the initial Technical Committee for 18 months, till I left IBM and joined Google. I am also a Board Member of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation.

On the non-board side, I have had significant experience design, building, operating one the world's largest networks and datacenter footprints, and have spent considerable time building the modeling, automation, telemetry and analytics software stacks for these networks. I hope that this experience can add positively to the decision making process and help the community, TC and board positively towards the appropriate problems to solve, and in widening the industries and applications for OpenStack.


What do you see as the Board's role in OpenStack's success?


I believe the Board's role is primarily to help grow the adoption and mindshare footprint of OpenStack in as many verticals, industries, products and companies as possible. In that process, and as stated in the Foundations' purpose, the Board helps protect the Foundation and assist the Technical Committee if needed. 


What do you think the top priority of the Board should be over the next year?


With more competition around infrastructure management, and the potential mindshare shift towards containers on bare metal, the Board needs to step up it's effort around growing the adoption of OpenStack.

Also, with Edge Compute becoming a reality, and the Telco Cloud transformation gaining steam, the opportunities are right in front of us. Though a lot of the technical problems and projects will be driven by the TC, the Board can assist in developing mindshare, growing the user base, and helping drive a co-existence strategy.