JR Rivers

Date: June 19, 2013

Capacity should be fast, easy, and affordable. That’s the mantra that’s driven me for the last two decades. I’ve had the privilege of working on quite a few extremely popular products in my career and that principle has been the foundation I apply to each challenge. In each case, we’ve looked at a problem, noted the state of the art, studied the history, and understood cruft around current solutions. Then we carefully remove obsolete concepts, leverage evolved technologies, and innovate in meaningful ways to make capacity fast, easy, and affordable. If you let me buy you a beer, I’ll bore you with the stories.

At the beginning of 2010, Nolan and I had separately come to the same conclusion; data center networking was ready for a change. We envisioned a world where customers could acquire network capacity at hardware costs and deploy capacity with data center scale tools. We knew this vision was possible because customers expect it from their server infrastructure and some of the “big boys” were already well along that path. Our conclusion was that the networking operating system of the future wasn’t “based on Linux”, but rather “is Linux”. From that cornerstone, we set out to create a Linux distribution that, with a lot of help from our hardware friends, makes network capacity fast, easy, and affordable.

So here I sit, surrounded by a group of like minded people, a melting pot of deep Linux roots, trialled networking heritage, and state of the art deployment experience. These techno-geeks have embraced a business team that has driven ecosystem transformation throughout their careers, and together they provide a stimulating environment to realize our vision.

Each time a customer builds an awesome network and deploys it using tools and processes that we couldn’t imagine, the mantra is reinforced; capacity should be fast, easy, and affordable.

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