Lew Tucker is Vice President (VP) and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for cloud computing at Cisco. Dr. Tucker is responsible for helping to shape the future of cloud computing and open source strategies at Cisco, where he leads its OpenStack™ engineering team. He is a widely recognized pioneer in cloud computing, and was named a top ten industry leader by Information Week.
Lew Tucker serves as Vice Chairman of the Board for OpenStack, a global collaboration of developers and cloud computing technologists producing the ubiquitous open source computing platform for public and private clouds. Cisco is working with the OpenStack community to provide a policy-driven approach for deploying the Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) fabric for OpenStack.
Dr. Tucker has more than 20 years of experience in the high-tech industry, ranging from distributed systems, artificial intelligence, software development, and systems architecture. Before Cisco, Lew Tucker was the VP and CTO for cloud computing at Sun Microsystems, where he led the development of its infrastructure-as-a-service offering and Sun Cloud. He also directed efforts to create the Salesforce.com AppExchange, the java.com developer community, and the massively parallel connection machine.
Lew Tucker’s interest in distributed systems stems from his tenure at Thinking Machines, an early leader in supercomputing technology where complex problems could only be addressed by using thousands of individual processors. Today, as the Internet evolves, companies are following a similar trajectory and building out large-scale cloud computing platforms. Transformation of systems into scalable platforms remains a long-term interest for Dr. Tucker.
Lew Tucker holds a bachelor degree in biology from Cornell University, and a doctorate in computer science from Polytechnic Institute of New York University.