Azhar is a chief technologist, Global Telecommunications, at Red Hat. His role is to work with communications service providers worldwide to define new architectures and develop deployment models and strategies for cloud and virtualization.
Azhar is active in open source communities such as OpenDaylight and OPNFV. Most recently Azhar drove a virtualized central office architecture as an OPNFV community project demonstrating how central offices can be virtualized to drive new cost effective ways to deliver residential, business and mobile services.
Azhar has more than 25 years of experience in the networking, telecommunications and software industry. Prior to joining Red Hat Azhar was a 17 year veteran of Cisco Systems where he ran many teams and projects from software product management to engineering development and solutions delivery teams.
He has 9 patents and is author of a book - "MPLS and Next-Generation Networks: Foundations for NGN and Enterprise Virtualization".