Packet Design Starts Spinning Out

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. -- Packet Design, the networking startup formed last year by four-time entrepreneurs Judy Estrin and Bill Carrico, has launched the first of a series of projected spinoff companies. Vernier Networks, Inc., will market a new technology that makes wireless LANs based on standards such as IEEE 802.11 and Bluetooth practical in large-scale enterprise environments, with the security, control and accountability features that network managers are accustomed to in traditional wired networks plus cell phone-like roaming capability. Vernier's focus is a new Packet Design hardware/software technology that removes the limitations to enterprise-wide deployment of high-speed wireless networks based on the IEEE 802.11 standard, also known as "wireless Ethernet."

Judy Estrin, Packet Design CEO, said, "With a wireless standard now in place and prices dramatically declining for access points and adapters, wireless Ethernet is taking off. Through grass-roots efforts in corporate departments, universities, even apartment buildings, some three million IEEE 802.11 nodes are expected to be deployed by the end of 2001. But enterprises have been reluctant to plan major wireless rollouts because IEEE 802.11, created simply as a low-level (layer 2) Ethernet wire-replacement technique, lacks the higher-layer attributes -- authentication, roaming and service awareness -- needed to support enterprise mobility. The charter of Vernier Networks is to raise IEEE 802.11 from the wire-replacement level to a real working network at the IP layer (layer 3) and above."

sunnyD 12/4/2012 | 8:40:17 PM
re: Packet Design Starts Spinning Out Judy and her family at it again ! She hasnt learned her lesson. She could not hold her job at Cisco for more than 6 months. Her last company Precept made crappy software and sold the company for measly $65M to cisco. That $65M in cisco stock is worth only $8M today.

Engineers, watch out for this flameout. Do not join this startup, you will be burnt. The company is all about Judy and Judy and Judy and Judy.....
jeffthom 12/4/2012 | 8:28:17 PM
re: Packet Design Starts Spinning Out SunnyD, where does your bad feeling for Judy come from? Did you work with/for her and have a bad experience? What did she do/not do? Do a lot of other people that worked with/for her share your view? She seems to have a good record in the industry.
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