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BCN Joins Router Race

A Silicon Valley startup called BCN Systems Inc. is busy building a "next-generation router," according to hiring notices on its Website. The company, led by a former Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) and Juniper Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: JNPR) engineer, is barely past inception and is already drawing comparisons to Procket Networks.

There's talk that the company is a front for Cisco's next-generation router plans, with Cisco funding the company and recruiting Juniper engineers to staff it. Light Reading hasn't been able to confirm that speculation, and Cisco officials claimed no knowledge of BCN.

Founder and CEO Michael Beesley is a systems software expert who worked on mid-range routers at Cisco, contributing to products such as the 7200. He then moved to Juniper, where he was part of the team building the flagship M40 and also helped out on the high-end T640.

It's only recently that he struck out on his own. The company's articles of incorporation were filed with the state of Delaware in April 2004. Beesley could not be reached for comment.

Should the Cisco rumor prove true, a lot will ride on the type of router BCN is building. "Next-generation router" could arguably point to an access or edge box. But if it turns out to be a core router, then Cisco would have quite a bit to answer for, considering the company has staked much of its future on the CRS-1, launched at a not-so-subtle Silicon Valley event in May (see Cisco Unveils the HFR and Make Way for Cisco's HFR).

The BCN hiring slate drops some hints as to its intentions. One requisition asks for a senior hardware engineer able to design boards with "very large semi-custom and full-custom ASICs and high clock speeds." Several software openings exist as well, for engineers in the OS, module driver, and protocol areas. BCN is also looking for routing and Sonet/SDH experts.

One difference from Procket and many other router startups: BCN doesn't appear to have enormous sums of money to burn through (yet). Many of the positions stress working in small teams, and the data architect's job description mentions being in a "team of one." BCN also didn't splurge on custom Web design -- if you visit its site with browser graphics turned off, the lead banner bears the message: "Your Company Name Here."

— Craig Matsumoto, Senior Editor, Light Reading


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    yea_right 12/5/2012 | 1:22:16 AM
    re: BCN Joins Router Race Ohh God !!! Seems like a lazy day today huh?
    lr_monger 12/5/2012 | 1:22:15 AM
    re: BCN Joins Router Race BCN even has a company song:

    Hey now you're an All Star get your game on, go play
    Hey now you're a Rock Star get the show on get paid
    And all that glitters is gold
    Only shooting stars break the mold


    - monger
    digerato 12/5/2012 | 1:22:15 AM
    re: BCN Joins Router Race "Hey now you're an All Star get your game on, go play
    Hey now you're a Rock Star get the show on get paid
    And all that glitters is gold
    Only shooting stars break the mold"

    ... and the shape of an L on her forehead

    Digerato
    Iipoed 12/5/2012 | 1:22:14 AM
    re: BCN Joins Router Race Foundry you blew it with Procket. Here is another opportunity for you to play with the big boys.
    Spend some of that money in the bank before its too late.
    Belzebutt 12/5/2012 | 1:22:13 AM
    re: BCN Joins Router Race Witness the birth of another hype-machine, the first of ever-multiplying comparisons ("another Juniper") that will provide another soap opera and many hits on the LR website.
    wilecoyote 12/5/2012 | 1:22:12 AM
    re: BCN Joins Router Race Procket would have killed Foundry. Way too much burn and simply not enough demand. Foundry needs to buy F5 and own the load balancer business, Airespace or Aruba or Trapeze and get into next gen LAN, or some kind of play that changes the playing field for them. They are going to get crushed by Force10 at the high end, and Cisco can keep them out of enterprise and Federal without even breaking a sweat.

    It's time for Bobby to go. He's holding on too tight and the company is suffocating.
    getoverit 12/5/2012 | 1:22:12 AM
    re: BCN Joins Router Race How difficult is it to find the "Articles of Incorporation".

    Here is a link if someone wants to pay 20 bucks to find out. One may be suprised !!

    https://sos-res.state.de.us/ti...



    null0 12/5/2012 | 1:22:12 AM
    re: BCN Joins Router Race Did any of these guys have a Wellfleet connection? As we all know their flagship backbone router at the time was called BCN "Backbone Concentrator Node".

    I had the pleasure of working with Wellfleet gear in the past. Their products were always superior to Cisco's it's just a pity that the marketing team wasn't.

    Cheers

    Null0
    plumpy 12/5/2012 | 1:22:11 AM
    re: BCN Joins Router Race From the BCN site:

    "Despite his departure, his previous employers continue to enjoy significant revenue from his contribution to their product lines."

    Gee whiz, thanks, Mike. How did
    we sell all that crap without you ?

    p
    fifteenfifty 12/5/2012 | 1:22:10 AM
    re: BCN Joins Router Race
    > Gee whiz, thanks, Mike. How did
    > we sell all that crap without you ?

    I imagine that the comment was intended to be amusing.
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