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Cisco establishes Cloud Systems Business unit

Move is part of the ongoing reshuffle of top executives

Cisco establishes Cloud Systems Business unit
Cisco has consolidated several business units into a new division focused on cloud & systems management technology.

Cisco has placed several key executives in new roles and consolidated several business units into a new group focused on cloud and systems management technology, all part of the ongoing restructuring that has brought a number of changes at the networking giant this year.

New to Cisco is the Cloud and Systems Management Technology Group (CSMTG), which will be led by Cisco chief information officer Rebecca Jacoby. A Cisco spokesman confirmed in a statement that both the launch of the CSMTG and that Jacoby will retain the title of CIO in addition to her new responsibilities.

The CSMTG consolidates several groups from Cisco's engineering and services organisations. Those include the Network Management Technology Group, now led by Jamie Lerner, vice president and general manager, the Intelligent Automation Services Business Unit, led by Flint Brenton, vice president, and the Service Delivery Platform business.

Jacoby, who reports to Randy Pond, Cisco's executive vice president for operations, processes and systems, will have oversight over all those groups as head of CSMTG. She will also report in to Cisco's engineering organisation, co-led by senior vice presidents Padmasree Warrior and Pankaj Patel.

According to Cisco, the change will better position the company to make gains in various cloud infrastructure, software and services markets.

"Specifically, Rebecca will be challenged to create IaaS, PaaS, SaaS solutions, leverage Cisco's considerable Services and Engineering partnerships and our strong portfolio of technology and go-to-market partners, and of course to implement world-class cloud services internally at Cisco," said a Cisco spokesman in a statement.

In another change, Jesper Andersen, formerly senior vice president of the Network Management Technology Group -- the job that went to Lerner -- is now Cisco's senior vice president and general manager, Service Provider Video Technology Group.

The SPVTG houses Cisco's Videoscape platform and other products Cisco offers to service providers for delivering content over IP networks. In the new role, Andersen now reports to Marthin De Beer, senior vice president and general manager for Cisco's Emerging Business Group. De Beer was made head of all of Cisco's video businesses recently.

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