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Network Virtualization Pioneer Guido Appenzeller Exits VMware

Submitted by on January 11, 2019 – 2:59 amNo Comment

Guido Appenzeller, who pioneered network virtualization, is leaving VMware after four years at the company, heading for parts undisclosed, Appenzeller said Thursday. “It’s official, after four years at VMware I am leaving to pursue a new adventure,” Appenzeller said in a statement on his blog.

What next? “Not quite ready to talk about what I am doing next. But likely it won’t be in the networking industry,” Appenzeller said in a message to Light Reading. Appenzeller co-founded Big Switch Networks in 2010. At that time, network virtualization — known then as software-defined networking — was controversial and crazy; everybody knew that networking required specialized equipment, with intelligence built into the hardware.

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