& cplSiteName &

Cisco/Andiamo Vets Try Something 'Nuova'

Craig Matsumoto
2/3/2006
50%
50%

The retirement of Mario Mazzola and the rest of the former Andiamo Systems crew didn't last long, as they're reportedly working on another startup just months after their departure from Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO).

Multiple sources tell Light Reading that Mazzola, Luca Cafiero, Prem Jain, and Soni Jiandani have launched a supersecret San Jose company that they're funding themselves. Reportedly called Nuova Impresa -- Italian for "new enterprise" -- the company has hired about a dozen people and reportedly has refused all offers of VC money, much to the chagrin of many a Silicon Valley financier.

The startup is presumed to be working on a virtualization project in the storage networking space -- at the intersection of storage, networking, and computing.

The idea is that they're trying to "aggregate compute IO from the server and centralize it into a single or small number of network elements, connected back to the servers via a high-speed low-latency ‘closed’ network," one source says. This frees up processor memory and CPU cycles so that larger clusters of servers are possible.

And they're attracting some top-name talent. Another source, requesting anonymity, says Tom Lyon, founder of Ipsilon Networks, has joined. An early contender in IP switching, Ipsilon was acquired by Nokia in 1997. Another recruit, the source says, is J.R. Rivers, the Cisco Distinguished Engineer who led the team developing the Catalyst 3750 enterprise switch.

Light Reading's attempt to reach Mazzola went unanswered. Contacting Nuova Impresa directly is difficult, as the company isn't exactly giving out its number and address -- and one source notes it's not housed in a Cisco-owned building the way Andiamo was. They're getting better at this "stealth" thing, apparently.

Andiamo was funded by Cisco with the intention of being acquired eventually, one of four Cisco spin-ins in the works circa 2001. The four Nuova founders left Cisco in tandem last year, purportedly to retirement. Mazzola had been Cisco's chief development officer, a role that was handed to Charles Giancarlo. The other three were senior vice presidents. (See Cisco’s Secret SAN Strategies Revealed, Cisco Buys Andiamo Finally, and Cisco Names Data Chief.)

Most sources believe Nuova Impresa began life as another Cisco spin-in, but one source says that plan has been scuttled. A newer rumor has the Nuova crowd camped on the Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) doorstep instead. It's unknown whether either company invested in Nuova.

Cisco did not immediately return calls seeking comment on Friday afternoon.

— Craig Matsumoto, Senior Editor, Light Reading

(28)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
Page 1 / 3   >   >>
Pete Baldwin
50%
50%
Pete Baldwin,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 4:07:23 AM
re: Cisco/Andiamo Vets Try Something 'Nuova'
Everybody wants to get bought by Google, I'd guess. Not sure the Andiamo clout would impress the Google folks necessarily.

If they really are doing "virtualization," then it makes sense Cisco wouldn't want them as a spin-in, right? Cisco's already working on that stuff...
walter_100
50%
50%
walter_100,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 4:07:22 AM
re: Cisco/Andiamo Vets Try Something 'Nuova'
"I find it very interesting that people with means choose not to invite "smart money" into the stock pool.

Very interesting indeed."

Like that is a surprise? A Series A without a product means you have given 50% of the company away.

Stevery
50%
50%
Stevery,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 4:07:22 AM
re: Cisco/Andiamo Vets Try Something 'Nuova'

I find it very interesting that people with means choose not to invite "smart money" into the stock pool.

Very interesting indeed.
icenine
50%
50%
icenine,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 4:07:22 AM
re: Cisco/Andiamo Vets Try Something 'Nuova'
Google 'Server Virtualization', and you get http://www.cisco.com/en/US/pro... and SVBU.... Cisco checked that box with TopSpin.

This does not smell like a spin-in. This smells like a "I've got enough cash, I don't need a boss". And, "To hell with standards, let's deliver performance."
dbostan
50%
50%
dbostan,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 4:07:21 AM
re: Cisco/Andiamo Vets Try Something 'Nuova'
Au contraire...
This is a very smart move, to avoid dilution and VCs meddle into the management of the company.
It sounds more and more interesting.
startup_shutup
50%
50%
startup_shutup,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 4:07:20 AM
re: Cisco/Andiamo Vets Try Something 'Nuova'
Andiamo was a spin-in SCAM ... why can not this be repeated for andiamo-II. Is the time now is different so that spin-in SCAM can not be perpetuated at will by management?
green
50%
50%
green,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 4:07:19 AM
re: Cisco/Andiamo Vets Try Something 'Nuova'
I heard from atleast two ex-andiamo folks who are not too excited about wanting to work again for the andiamo team. when andiamo was bought only the top 16 or so people struck it really rich. the rank and file engineer probably made a year or two years worth of salary. considering they took a paycut when they joined and 80 hr work weeks for 2+ years they don't feel it was worth the trouble. better negotiate properly before jumping to Nuova if anyone is offered a job.

sigint
50%
50%
sigint,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 4:07:19 AM
re: Cisco/Andiamo Vets Try Something 'Nuova'
From the article:
The idea is that they're trying to "aggregate compute IO from the server and centralize it into a single or small number of network elements, connected back to the servers via a high-speed low-latency GÇ˙closedGÇÖ network," one source says. This frees up processor memory and CPU cycles so that larger clusters of servers are possible.
__________________________________________________

Ok, let me admit I'm confused by the above. Part of the confusion arises from my lack of storage expertise.

Can someone acquainted with this space hazard a guess?

Thanks
rambo260
50%
50%
rambo260,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 4:07:19 AM
re: Cisco/Andiamo Vets Try Something 'Nuova'
Anybody know any more about the article mentioning that Mario and the group are being hosted at Google?
sigint
50%
50%
sigint,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 4:07:17 AM
re: Cisco/Andiamo Vets Try Something 'Nuova'
greed said:
the rank and file engineer probably made a year or two years worth of salary. considering they took a paycut when they joined and 80 hr work weeks for 2+ years they don't feel it was worth the trouble.
________________________________________

The point is well taken. However, considering the prevailing downturn, was two years salary too bad?
Page 1 / 3   >   >>
From The Founder
Kicking off BCE 2017, Light Reading founder Steve Saunders lays blame for NFV's slow ramp-up and urges telecom to return to old-fashioned standards building and interoperability.
Flash Poll
Live Streaming Video
Charting the CSP's Future
Six different communications service providers join to debate their visions of the future CSP, following a landmark presentation from AT&T on its massive virtualization efforts and a look back on where the telecom industry has been and where it's going from two industry veterans.
LRTV Custom TV
VeEX at ANGA COM

6|27|17   |     |   (0) comments


At ANGA COM 2017, Cyrille Morelle, president and CEO of VeEX, updates Alan Breznick with VeEX's new products and technology. This includes VeSion cloud-based platform for network monitoring, AT2500-3G advanced spectrum analyzer and MTTplus-900 WiFi Air Expert module. He also comments on DOCSIS 3.1 deployment and Remote PHY technology.
LRTV Custom TV
The Overall Objective Is to Win the Game

6|26|17   |     |   (0) comments


SCTE•ISBE's Chris Bastian discusses Energy 2020's success to date and the importance of a flexible approach that allows for changes in specific strategies in order to reach significant milestones.
LRTV Interviews
CenturyLink: Let's Get Past SD-WAN Hype

6|23|17   |   04:02   |   (0) comments


Technology becomes a "shiny object" unless it's properly focused on solving business needs for enterprise customers, says Bill Grubbs, network solutions architect for CenturyLink. He explains to Light Reading why SD-WAN deployments have to be tailored to specific needs – and more.
Women in Comms Introduction Videos
Infinera's Sales Director Paints Tech's Big Picture

6|21|17   |   4:14   |   (1) comment


Shannon Williams, Infinera's director of sales, shares how she achieves work's many balancing acts -- between her role and the broader company, today and tomorrow's tech and more.
LRTV Custom TV
SD-WAN Innovation & Trends

6|20|17   |     |   (0) comments


Versa CEO Kelly Ahuja discusses with Carol Wilson the current status and trends in the SD-WAN market, Versa's innovation around building a software platform with broad contextualization, and the advantages that startups can bring to the SD-WAN market.
LRTV Interviews
Ovum's Dario Talmesio on 5G in Europe

6|20|17   |   02:16   |   (0) comments


At 5G World 2017, Dario Talmesio, principal analyst and practice leader on Ovum's fixed and mobile telecoms European team, explains the emerging trends amongst European operators as they prepare for 5G.
LRTV Custom TV
Putting Power on a Pedestal

6|19|17   |     |   (0) comments


ARRIS's John Ulm says a major accomplishment of SCTE•ISBE's Energy 2020 program is increased focus on power cost and consumption, including inclusion of energy requirements in operators' RFPs and RFIs.
LRTV Custom TV
Gigabit Access: The Last-Mile Pipe for All Future Services

6|19|17   |     |   (0) comments


A Gigabit access platform being deployed today must be able to deliver all types of services to an increasing number of devices. A non-blocking architecture is necessary to support the ever-increasing growth in bandwidth demand. The Huawei Gigabit access solution is based on a distributed design that is fully scalable to deliver a unprecedented performance.
LRTV Custom TV
Key Factors to Successfully Deploy an SD-WAN Service

6|19|17   |     |   (0) comments


As service providers transition their SD-WAN solution from trials and limited deployments into production at large scale, there are important considerations to successfully operationalize these solutions and realize their full potential, without adding complexity, introducing uncertainty or disrupting current business operations. Sunil Khandekar, CEO and Founder ...
LRTV Custom TV
IoT Solutions: Rational Exuberance

6|19|17   |     |   (0) comments


IoT solutions are morphing from hype into viable business opportunities. Huawei has the platform and ecosystem support to help carriers successfully address new business opportunities in the IoT space.
LRTV Custom TV
Realizing ICN as a Network Slice for Mobile Data Distribution

6|19|17   |     |   (1) comment


Network slicing in 5G allows the potential introduction of new network architectures such as Information-centric Networks (ICN) as a slice, managed over a shared pool of compute, storage and bandwidth resource. Services over an ICN slice can benefit from many architectural features such as Name Based Networking, Security, Multicasting, Multi-homing, Mobility, ...
LRTV Interviews
Ovum's Mike Roberts on 5G Uptake

6|19|17   |   04:08   |   (0) comments


Mike Roberts, research director for Ovum's service provider markets group, explains why he has boosted his 5G subscriptions forecast.
Upcoming Live Events
October 18, 2017, Colorado Convention Center - Denver, CO
November 1, 2017, The Montcalm Marble Arch
November 1, 2017, The Montcalm Marble Arch
November 30, 2017, The Westin Times Square
All Upcoming Live Events
Infographics
With the mobile ecosystem becoming increasingly vulnerable to security threats, AdaptiveMobile has laid out some of the key considerations for the wireless community.
Hot Topics
No Imagination: UK Chip Biz Goes Up for Sale
Iain Morris, News Editor, 6/22/2017
Does AT&T Deserve Time Warner?
Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, 6/23/2017
Netflix's Lesson in Culture Expectation Settings
Sarah Thomas, Director, Women in Comms, 6/21/2017
Kalanick Steps Down as Uber CEO
Sarah Thomas, Director, Women in Comms, 6/21/2017
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
Following a recent board meeting, the New IP Agency (NIA) has a new strategy to help accelerate the adoption of NFV capabilities, explains the Agency's Founder and Secretary, Steve Saunders.
One of the nice bits of my job (other than the teeny tiny salary, obviously) is that I get to pick and choose who I interview for this slot on the Light Reading home ...
Animals with Phones
Live Digital Audio

Playing it safe can only get you so far. Sometimes the biggest bets have the biggest payouts, and that is true in your career as well. For this radio show, Caroline Chan, general manager of the 5G Infrastructure Division of the Network Platform Group at Intel, will share her own personal story of how she successfully took big bets to build a successful career, as well as offer advice on how you can do the same. We’ll cover everything from how to overcome fear and manage risk, how to be prepared for where technology is going in the future and how to structure your career in a way to ensure you keep progressing. Chan, a seasoned telecom veteran and effective risk taker herself, will also leave plenty of time to answer all your questions live on the air.