Skip to main content

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.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.