Hank Preston, CCIE No. 38336, has been with Cisco for five years, starting as a systems engineer and then moving into a data center and cloud architect—focused position working with large enterprise customers on developing their cloud strategy. Prior to Cisco, Hank spent much of his career with partners designing and implementing solutions across IT, not just networking. In fact, before deciding to focus and specialize in the networking space, Hank was a programmer and database designer, spent a good amount of time as a sysadmin managing Microsoft, VMware, and Citrix-based solutions, and has worked in many IT areas. This well-rounded experience gives him a great foundation to work from when discussing “The Cloud,” as like few other technology trends, the cloud touches all areas of IT. Prior to moving into IT, Hank worked in the entertainment industry running lights and sound for musicals, stage plays, and concerts. Having never lost the love of the stage, he still spends time in community theatre productions when time allows.