Tarique Shakil, CCIE No. 37319 (Service Provider, Data Center, and Security), CCSI #32545, CISSP (ISC2), CCSP (ISC2), VCP-DCV, is an Architect with the Cisco Customer Experience (CX) Data Center New Product Management team, specializing in softwaredefined networking (SDN) and cloud technologies. His previous experience with Cisco includes working as a high touch technical support engineer supporting Cisco premium customers for enterprise routing and service provider technologies. In his current role, Tarique leads the incubation of the latest SDN and cloud solutions, which includes working closely with engineering. Tarique has been involved in products such as Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI), Data Center Network Manager, and Virtual Topology Systems (VTS). He was also part of a startup, Candid Systems, that brought the Network Assurance Engine (NAE) to market. His areas of interest and expertise include data center virtualization, programmable fabric, network assurance, cloud data center security, and SDN. He holds a bachelor's degree in telecommunications engineering. Tarique can be found on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/tarique-shakil-cisco.