The 10 Coolest Networking Startups Of 2016

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Versa Networks

CEO: Kelly Ahuja

The SD-WAN and SD-security startup recently appointed longtime Cisco veteran Kelly Ahuja as its new CEO, as well as another top Cisco leader, Pankaj Patel, to lead its board of directors. Ahuja had been senior vice president of Cisco's service provider business, while Patel was one of the networking giants longtime leading technologists.

The Santa Clara, Calif.-based startup's flagship FlexVNF software includes a broad set of virtualized network and security functions with carrier-grade multitenancy, programmability, service elasticity and cost-effective deployment choices. Versa's other two primary solutions include Versa Director and Versa Analytics. The company was founded by former top engineers at Juniper Networks, brothers Kumar and Apurva Mehta, who built Juniper's highly successful MX Series of routers.

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