May 10, 2011
The executive in charge of the Juniper Networks Inc. (NYSE: JNPR) QFabric project, David Yen, is taking over the corresponding job at Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO). (See Cisco Hires Juniper's Yen.)
Cisco announced the move Monday evening. Yen will jump from Juniper's next-generation data fabric to the corresponding products at Cisco, taking over Cisco's Server Access Virtualization Technology Group. That unit includes the Nexus product line and the Unified Computing System (UCS) architecture.
There's more. Yen is replacing a trio of Cisco celebrities: Mario Mazzola, Prem Jain and Luca Cafiero. They'll be shifting to advisory roles at Cisco.
Yen will report to Padmasree Warrior and Pankaj Patel -- who, as of this month, are jointly running Cisco's engineering organization. (See Cisco Cuts Down on Councils.)
Why this matters
This looks like quite a coup for Cisco, assuming Yen wasn't dismissed for setting fire to a Juniper building or something. QFabric is part of a series of ambitious technologies rolled out by Juniper this year, representing a bold leap for the company, and Yen has been the face of the technology since back when Juniper wouldn't tell us what it was. One has to assume Juniper wouldn't let him go easily.
Mazzola, Jain and Cafiero should all be familiar names. They've made a habit of leaving the company and getting acquired back via spin-in startups, as they did with Nuova in 2008 and Andiamo in 2002.
Here's the tale of Juniper's QFabric, formerly called Stratus.
Cisco Counters Fabric Challengers
How Q-ute! Juniper's QFabric Rethinks the Data Center
Juniper Gets 'New' With Data Centers
Juniper Takes Over the Network
Juniper Strikes at the Data Center
And, from 2008 and earlier, here's the Nuova/Andiamo saga.
Cisco Dreams of Data Center Unity
The Spin-In Lottery
Is Nuova Needling Cisco's Brass?
Ullal Calls It Quits at Cisco
Cisco Wraps Up Nuova
Andiamo Crew Reunites With Cisco
Cisco/Andiamo Vets Try Something 'Nuova'
Cisco Names Data Chief
Cisco Buys Andiamo Finally
Cisco's Creative Andiamo Options
Cisco Buys Andiamo
Cisco Owns Up to Andiamo
— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading
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