Talari Networks Names New CEO


WAN virtualization upstart Talari Networks on Tuesday named a new president and CEO, Emerick Woods, as the company looks to broaden its appeal to channel partners and expand deeper into markets where WAN optimization and data center optimization technologies reign.

Woods succeeds Andy Gottlieb at the San Jose, Calif.-based company. Gottlieb, a Talari co-founder, will remain a member of Talari's Board of Directors.

The well-traveled Woods was most recently CEO of Global IP Solutions (GIPS), which was acquired by Google in 2010 for $68.2 million. Before GIPS he held CEO positions at V-Enable, a mobile services provider; Aligo, a SaaS location-based services company; and Trapezo, an enterprise software specialist. A decade ago, Woods was CEO of Vicinity Corp., which he led to a $125 million IPO in 2000 before it was acquired by Microsoft in 2002.

"I'm very excited about the opportunities ahead for Talari Networks," Woods said in a statement. "Talari's award-winning WAN virtualization technology is redefining the traditional economics of some of today's most important networking trends, including cloud computing, server consolidation, real-time interactive applications and remote office connectivity. I look forward to working with the team and further executing on the large market opportunity ahead of us."

Talari's Adaptive Private Networking (APN) products work similarly to how Redundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID) technology is used in storage, leveraging RAID-like techniques, overlay networking and various algorithms to pull together multiple IP bandwidth sources to WAN connections, including DSL, cable and broadband.

Earlier this year, Talari added an APN appliance intended for midmarket customers, and solution providers have praised Talari's positioning as a complement, rather than a competitor, to existing WAN optimization and acceleration vendors.