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Comings & Goings: HP Reportedly Moving Mayer to Head Up New NFV Business

By Paula Bernier February 18, 2014

The writing is on the wall. Network functions virtualization and software-defined networking are where networking is headed, and the reorganizations we’re seeing now at many of the big infrastructure and software companies are testaments to that fact.

One of the more recent moves on this front is taking place at HP, which reports indicate is moving Bethany Mayer, now senior vice president and head of the company’s $2.5 billion network equipment business, to lead a new NFV business unit targeting telecom service providers. HP on Friday reportedly issued an internal employee memo signaling the change.

Juniper Networks a few months ago also did some reorganizing to better position it to move on the NFV opportunity. The company in October said it was cutting its workforce by 3 percent in a realignment effort to target high-growth opportunities, and dropping its work on the MobileNext enhanced packet core product line for mobile operators, deciding instead to focus on a virtual offering that fits the bill.

Kevin Johnson, Juniper CEO, said that networks functions virtualization and the software-defined networking will change the face of evolved packet core solutions. The future, he said, is to have virtualized, software-based functions running on industry-standard x86 servers and managed with SDN controllers.

Among the first to come out strong with an SDN and NFV message, Juniper in September announced the commercial availability of its software-defined networking solution, Juniper Networks Contrail. The solution had been in trials with more than 40 customers, but this commercial release wasn’t expected until this year.

Speaking of Juniper, it has recently lost some of its leading engineers to Brocade.

Brocade recently announced its hire of Tom Nadeau as a distinguished engineer. Nadeau is a leader of the OpenDaylight Project and OpenStack initiatives, and an active member of the Internet Engineering Task Force. Nadeau previously served as a Distinguished Engineer at Juniper, at which he played a key role in the company's SDN and NFV efforts. He has held similar roles at CA Technologies, Cisco, and other firms. And he’s the co-inventor on many patents.

And Brocade in January brought aboard distinguished engineer Benson Schliesser, who is also a veteran of both Cisco Systems and Juniper Networks.

Edited by Cassandra Tucker

Executive Editor, TMC

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