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Larry Lang named CEO of virtual network developer PLUMgrid

SDN start-up PLUMgrid has named a former Cisco veteran as its new CEO.

Larry Lang, who left Cisco in 2009 after a 16-year career, is PLUMgrid’s new CEO. He replaces founder Awais Nemat, who has been appointed chairman of the board of directors.

Lang held various positions in enterprise and service provider management and marketing at Cisco. His last role there was vice president and general manager of the company’s Services and Mobility business unit, responsible for Cisco’s mobile Internet strategy.

Lang interrupted his Cisco career in 1996 to join upstart Ipsilon Networks, a company promoting IP switching. After a year there, Lang returned to Cisco.

Ipsilon was acquired by Nokia in 1997.

Lang was also president and CEO of Quorum Labs. His board seats include Violin Memory and previously BelAir Networks, now part of Ericsson.

PLUMgrid was founded in 2011 by former Cisco switching engineers Nemat, Pere Monclus and Sushil Singh. It develops software for virtual networking in OpenStack clouds, which is deployed in 70 enterprise and service provider clouds.

The software, called ONS, is designed to allow users to create private virtual, tenant-specific domains that provide isolation, security and policy enforcement across hypervisors, virtualized, bare metal and container based architectures. It supports OpenStack distributions from Canonical, Mirantis, Oracle, Piston, Red Hat and SUSE.

The private company is funded by venture capital and strategic investors. It is headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA.

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