Speaker profile

Patrick Schmidt

Patrick Schmidt

Managing Director Sales, EBG EMEAR Data Center & Virtualisation - Cisco

In his role as Managing Director Sales, Patrick Schmidt is responsible for the Data Center & Virtualisation organisation in EMEAR leading the next phase of Cisco’s exciting transition with the

Optimization of Cloud Infrastructure to include the Cisco ONE Enterprise Suite, Private Cloud and Openstack solutions. His team will focus on introducing new architecture for Internet applications, where microservices running in containers on cloud infrastructure vastly improve hardware utilization and accelerate app dev and deployment, on Fast Innovation and Hybrid IT, objectives in ACI (Application Centric Infrastructure) ensuring that we continue to build on our momentum in Data Center and driving accelerated growth across all parts of the portfolio. He is responsible for go to market with Cisco Technology and Eco-System Partners along with ISVs in EMEAR such as Microsoft, SAP, EMC, Netapp and others. Cisco's goal is transformational: to become a next-generation company and continue to enhance our market position by executing on our growth opportunities.

Patrick’s most recent experience has been in running all architectures for the Central Theatre and he has an impressive track record in having run the DACH (Germany, Austria, Switzerland) DC business, as well as the German DC business before that. 

In 1993, Patrick graduated from the University of Applied Sciences in Wiesbaden, Germany, with a degree in Electronic Engineering. He subsequently held several technical and business positions in networking at Sparkassen Informatik GmbH, before joining Cisco in 1998.  

At Cisco, he held various positions in pre-sales, sales and business development. Since 2006 he was responsible for Cisco DC solution business in Germany until taking over the responsibility for DACH in August 2009 and further more for Central Europe in 2011.

He lives in Frankfurt with his wife and three children and in his free time enjoys riding his motorcycle and various forms of exercise such as snow-boarding and cycling.



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