Sun Co-founder Joins New Networking Startup Company

Arista Networks, a networking start-up firm, has reportedly snared some of the top officials from major networking giants, Sun Microsystems and Cisco Systems Inc.

The start-up company will compete against Cisco Systems and other networking companies in developing network technologies for snatching some considerable share in rapidly growing market of cloud computing.

Andreas von Bechtolsheim, one of the co-founders of Arista, has finally joined the company as its Chief Development Officer.

Bechtolshiem has resigned from the post of Sun’s Chief Architect recently to join Arista; however, he will continue his present involvement with Sun on part-time basis.

In addition to Sun’s Chief Architect, Arista has also lured Jayshree Ullal as its CEO, who until recently was working with Cisco Systems as Senior VP.

Arista will largely be funded by Bechtolsheim and David Cheriton, a professor from Stanford University who will become the Chief Scientist of the company.

This isn’t the first time Bechtolosheim left Sun for a start-up company, as in 1995, he joined a start-up firm, which was later bought by Sun Microsystems that helped bringing him back in the company.