TMCNet:  Akanda Names Sean Roberts Vice President of Development

[March 30, 2015]

Akanda Names Sean Roberts Vice President of Development

Akanda, the only open source network virtualization solution built for OpenStack environments, today announced the appointment of Sean Roberts, member of the OpenStack board of directors, as vice president of development. In his new role, Roberts will lead Akanda's research and development team, enhancing its innovative open source platform, and continuing to engage and contribute to the OpenStack community.

Roberts brings more than 20 years of industry experience to Akanda, and joins the company from VMware where he was a senior R&D manager within the Network Security Business Unit. Prior to VMware, Roberts held strategic technical positions at Yahoo!, Stanford University, Genentech and Electronic Arts. Roberts has been deeply involved with OpenStack for over three years, and has served on its board of directors for the past two years.

"We are thrilled to welcome Sean to our growing executive team," said Henrik Rosendahl, CEO of Akanda. "Sean's impressive background, coupled with his strong ties to the OpenStack community, makes him a vital member of our team. We are confident in his deep technical knowledge and look forward to working closely together in our efforts."

Launched in November 2014, Akanda is revolutionizing the network virtualization industry, delivering the first open source production-ready platform for network services virtualization. Akanda's open source platform eliminates the need for complex SDN controllers, overlays and multiple plugins for cloud networking by providing a simple integrated networking stack that manages routing, firewall and load balancing in secure multi-tenant OpenStack environments.

"I look forward to joining Akanda, and being able to continue to closely work with the OpenStack community and open source technologies," said Roberts. "Akanda provides an interesting solution for OpenStack environments, and has an opportunity to transform how enterprises view and tackle networking."

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About Akanda, Inc.

Akanda, Inc. is the major developer and supporter of the open source Akanda network virtualization software project. Akanda's OpenStack platform is changing the future of networking by delivering an open, extensible and cost effective platform for enterprises and service providers to virtualize their networks. Akanda is layer 2 agnostic and powers network virtualization for DreamCompute, the OpenStack-based public cloud offered by DreamHost. Akanda interfaces with the OpenStack Neutron REST APIs and includes a sophisticated management and orchestration platform to monitor, configure, and manage 3rd party virtualized routers, load balancers and firewalls. For more information, visit

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