Kealia Project Raises Questions
Enter Kealia. Kealia's existence -- and the fact that we reached Bechtolsheim there during the work week -- lends some credibility to the rumor that he's building a distributed, high-availability video server of some sort. The question remains: Who's Bechtolsheim working for and what, if anything, does Cisco have to do with it?
Is it possible that Cisco is funding another Andiamo-like dummy company as a way of retaining employees with big stock-option payouts? (See Cisco's Creative Andiamo Options.) Or is Bechtolsheim just lending his expertise to another networking startup that doesn't compete with Cisco? The trail runs a bit cold here, but, according to the California Secretary of State's office [ed. note: now headed, we believe, by Jean Claude Van Damme], Kealia's articles of incorporation do list another curious name as the company's president: David Cheriton. Cheriton, the computer science professor who leads Stanford University's Distributed Systems Group (DSG), founded Gigabit Ethernet switching startup Granite Systems in 1995 along with Bechtolsheim. In 1996, Cisco bought Granite Systems for about $220 million in stock. Kealia, was incorporated in February 2001, according to public records.
— Phil Harvey, Senior Editor, Light Reading