Sycamore's CTO Switch

File this one under “who knew?” Sycamore Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: SCMR) CTO Rick Barry resigned a few weeks back, and Naimish Patel, formerly the senior director of network architecture, has taken over the job.

The company kept the change quiet: It did not announce the management change with a press release, although Patel is now featured as the CTO on the corporate Website. Patel attended the Light Reading OFC party in Anaheim last night, where he handed out a newly minted business card but declined to say whether he had any gigantic technical changes planned for Sycamore.

Lucia Graziano, director of public relations for Sycamore, says the company is not legally bound to inform investors about the change, so it didn’t. She predicts it will likely mention the change on its next quarterly earnings call.

The news wasn’t much of a surprise to some analysts covering the company. "I had heard rumblings about that," says Rick Schafer of CIBC World Markets. "But I hadn’t heard it for certain. It doesn’t really freak me out. A lot of companies have made management changes lately."

Barry, who was a founder and had been with the company from its early days, left to retire from the industry. Patel has also been at Sycamore since the company started in 1998. In his previous role, he reported directly to Barry. As CTO, he will now report to Kevin Oye, the vice president of systems and technology.

Prior to joining Sycamore, Patel was a chief architect at Digital Equipment Corp., where he led the development of a next-generation high-capacity IP switch/router. Patel also worked at MIT Lincoln Laboratory (known frequently as "Lincoln Labs"), where he researched all-optical switching technology for 100 Gbit/s high-speed optical TDM networks. Much of Sycamore's technical staff, including Barry, had done research at Lincoln Labs.

As an aside, Rick Barry also holds the NBA all-time record for career free throw percentage.

— Marguerite Reardon, Senior Editor, Light Reading
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mu-law 12/4/2012 | 10:45:40 PM
re: Sycamore's CTO Switch "You don't remember the Gigaswitch DEC developed?
I certainly do. However, it was an L2 FDDI switch."

And an even less popular ATM switch as Gigaswitch ATM. In the end, it also got ethernet ports, but no L3 to be had. Alas.

"Gigaswitch IP" was a Prominet OEM until lucent acqusition, and thereafter (and in light of the fac that the L3 wouldn't work) was exchanged for the Yago product from the new parent... Cabletron.

PS - If it really is you Stu, and Tony, this could become a pretty cool hangout.
Belzebutt 12/4/2012 | 10:45:37 PM
re: Sycamore's CTO Switch bitdrooper,
I'm hearing that Sycamore's CTO Switch uses the some of the same components as Corvis' OCS Switch, does that mean Corvis technology lost some of its cachet? Maybe these CORV day traders should buy some SCMR!

bitdropper 12/4/2012 | 10:45:36 PM
re: Sycamore's CTO Switch Belzebutt:

Thanks for the new handle "bitdrooper". Wish I'd thought of that before I registered my userid. :-)

rjmcmahon 12/4/2012 | 10:45:36 PM
re: Sycamore's CTO Switch If it really is you Stu, and Tony, this could become a pretty cool hangout

Some of us enjoyed cutting our teeth on newsgroups and techology by listening to many of those discussions. The debates were better than the modern cable television show as many passive audience members actually learned something ;-)

PS. Adding Vernon Schryver to the mix always helped keep my attention.
Belzebutt 12/4/2012 | 10:45:34 PM
re: Sycamore's CTO Switch It's better to droop bits than to drop them, if you ask me. It can mean the difference between 1st place and 2nd place in a Light Reading core router test!
ptpt 12/4/2012 | 10:45:29 PM
re: Sycamore's CTO Switch I don't think they "whacked" Barry. More likely, he simply has more than enough money, and thinks it is time to have fun.
grabble 12/4/2012 | 10:45:29 PM
re: Sycamore's CTO Switch The flushing sound of Ellacoya Networks...swish......
optical_maverick 12/4/2012 | 10:45:27 PM
re: Sycamore's CTO Switch the warriors are horrible this year and I don't think rick is having much fun.

Kangaroo 12/4/2012 | 10:45:10 PM
re: Sycamore's CTO Switch As I remember DEC had the Gigaswitch ATM and Gigaswitch FDDI, both Layer 2 only.

DEC also had a Router called DECnis, it was part of their DECnet/OSI Phase V strategy. It was a Layer 3 box supporting IP V4, Decnet IV, DECnetV/OSI and X-25. You needed a VMS machine configure and boot the machine.

tiadakola 12/4/2012 | 10:45:00 PM
re: Sycamore's CTO Switch What are you saying? Toast...?
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