Azhar is currently at Red Hat Inc., as a Chief Architect driving their Service Provider Architectures and solutions with Openstack, Containers, SDN, NFV and DC orchestration. Azhar is a veteran of networking and communications industry that includes development, design, installation and management of complex networks involving multiple technologies and products and building solutions. Prior to Red Hat, Azhar is a 17 year veteran of Cisco Systems Inc. His last responsibility there was a Sr. Director of Solutions Engineering. Azhar was responsible for developing System Architectures, developing and delivering Cloud based solutions.
Azhar has also actively contributed to the industry adoption of cutting edge technologies. He is an active participant and a contributor to industry forums and standards bodies. His interests are in the area of Cloud Architectures, Kubernetes, Openstack, SDN, virtualization, Data Center Networking and Mobile Networks.
Azhar is the co-author of a book “MPLS and Next-Generation Networks: Foundations for NGN and Enterprise Virtualization” with Monique Morrow. Azhar has 9 patents in the space of Network protocols and several published papers.