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Syed Natif Nawaz, CCIE No. 8825 (SP, R&S), has more than 10 years of experience in providing networking design, deployments, and escalation assistance to various service provider customers. Syed Natif Nawaz is currently the IOS XE software development manager at Cisco Systems, where he works on customer-focused software qualification/certification/deployment, feature integration, release processes, and other software quality initiatives. He has presented on various MPLS-related topics in the Networkers conference (Florida), MPLS Power Sessions (London), NANOG (Dallas), and APRICOT (Perth) and has contributed to articles such as “L2VPN: Changing and Consolidating Networks” in Techworldand “Cell Packing” in Packet Magazine. Formerly, Syed Natif Nawaz worked as a development engineer at Assured Access technologies and Alcatel, where he developed software for access concentrators. In addition to higher education in electrical and electronics from the University of Madras, Syed Natif Nawaz also holds an M.S. in computer science and engineering from State University of New York at Buffalo.