Tech Sector: Networking
Key Product: Network Virtualization Platform
Palo Alto, Calif.-based Nicira attracted much attention in late 2011 as many wondered what the network virtualization startup would unveil. In February, they got their answer. Nicira launched its Network Virtualization Platform (NVP), a software system designed to create distributed virtual network infrastructure for cloud data centers.
The company lured some major networking players, including Alan Cohen, a former Cisco vice president, who joined Nicira as vice president of marketing, and Rob Enns, a Juniper veteran, who joined Nicira as vice president of engineering.