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Kelly Herrell

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CEO
COMPANYVyatta
  
  
 

NETWORK WORLD’S 2006 PICKS

Herrell wants Vyatta to be to Cisco what Red Hat is to Microsoft; that is, an open source thorn in the side of a market-dominating incumbent. In Herrell's case, he's pricking the giant with an open source router. (Meet Kelly Herrell in-depth.)
 
 
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Scott Kriens

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CEO
COMPANYJuniper
  
  
 

NETWORK WORLD’S 2006 PICKS

Despite 2006 being a year of financial embarrassment for Kriens because of Juniper's ongoing stock options mess, he and his company's cachet continued to grow. Kriens jumped on the network access control bandwagon, scored a big win for the 40G T-series routers, and gunned for the branch-office market by announcing plans to create a J-series enterprise router that includes security, VoIP and WAN optimization. Kriens continued on as a popular keynote speaker — this year talking up the service-oriented architecture.
 
 
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Mark Spencer

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President
COMPANYDigium
  
  
 

NETWORK WORLD’S 2006 PICKS

As the developer of open source PBX Asterisk and founder of Digium, the company that markets it, Spencer is on a roll. In August, he secured $13.8 million in venture funding. In September, his company made headlines when Sam Houston State University yanked out its Cisco CallManager system and put in Asterisk. In October, the company released Version 1.4, adding such features as improved call quality, support for IP faxes and unified messaging. All eyes will remain on the 29 year old whose goal, he says, is nothing less than to disrupt every part of the $7 billion phone market — carriers, business users and gear makers.
 
 
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PETER STANFORTH

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Vice president, Mesh Networking
COMPANYMotorola
  
  
 

NETWORK WORLD’S 2006 PICKS

Under Stanforth's guidance, Motorola has become a key player in wireless mesh. And, with his evangelism, mesh is becoming the de facto method for municipal Wi-Fi. Although the proposed mesh standard, 802.11s, is still under development, Stanforth is jump-starting the market by releasing MeshConnex products — patented technology he developed at Motorola acquisition MeshNetworks — that he promises will be compatible with the eventual 802.11s standard.
 
 
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Mike Zafirovski

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President, CEO
COMPANYNortel
  
  
 

NETWORK WORLD’S 2006 PICKS

Ongoing accounting scandals that caused Nortel to restate years of financial results coupled with the company's constant quarterly losses nearly caused Zafirovski to be passed over for this year's 50 most powerful people in networking list. But he gained entry by demonstrating his industry might remain a force to be reckoned with. It led to his far-reaching alliance with Microsoft for joint development of unified communications products, a boon to enterprise customers that want solid Windows-based VoIP solutions. Zafirovski also showed increasing influence among the industry with a number of impressive wins. These include a multimillion deal to build VoIP for The New York Times and a $20 million contract to build a 35-city optical network in Iraq.
 
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