Seasoned Engineering Leader Brings More Than 25 Years of Open-Source and Enterprise Expertise to Newly Formed Networking Lab
PALO ALTO, Calif., June 4, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, ON.Lab, the open source arm of the Open Networking Research Center (ONRC), a partnership between Stanford University, University of California, Berkeley, and leading commercial organizations seeking to advance the state-of-the-art in software-defined networking (SDN), announced that William Snow has joined the organization as Vice President of Engineering. Snow will be leading the recruiting efforts to form and manage a world-class group of developers to help realize the vision of ON.Lab. Snow's newly created team will develop, distribute and support open source SDN tools and platforms for the larger community.
ON.Lab is a new non-profit networking lab that is responsible for open source SDN tools and platforms. It is part of ONRC, which focuses on creating a solid scientific foundation for SDN and developing practical open source SDN platforms.
Before joining ON.Lab, Snow has led engineering teams at numerous start-ups and led large, complex projects for Nortel Networks, Cisco Systems, and IBM. Snow also served as vice president of engineering and operations for enterprise security startups including Cymtec Systems, Agari Data, the 41st Parameter, and Identity Engines. Snow was responsible for hardware and software development, QA, manufacturing operations, data center operations, customer support, IT, and professional services.
Snow, who also previously served as director of engineering at Cisco Systems, was responsible for the routing and high availability features of the CRS-1. Previous to Cisco Systems, Snow served as vice president of engineering at Nortel Networks where he was responsible for product development of the Centillion line of ATM LAN switches. Snow has also served in multiple management roles for the group in IBM that brought the first TCP/IP and Internet products into the IBM divisions.
"Bill is truly an experienced engineer and a high level leader with a great track record for managing developers," said Guru Parulkar, executive director of ONRC and ON.Lab, and consulting professor of electrical engineering at Stanford University. "We are excited to have Bill on board with us and we are looking forward to Bill's knowledge in helping accelerate ON.Lab's ability to source practical tools and applications that will soon transform networking."
"I am excited about the promise of SDN and the leadership role that ON.Lab will play in the SDN community," said Snow. "Networking is facing a revolution and I look forward to working with the top-tier developers at ON.Lab to deliver innovative yet robust open-source solutions for the SDN and OpenFlow community."
Faculty directors of the ONRC, Nick McKeown (Stanford) and Scott Shenker (Berkeley), who are both professors of electrical engineering and computer science at their respective institutions, and leaders in the SDN and OpenFlow movement both welcomed the appointment.
"SDN is a complete reimagining of networking," said Parulkar. "I'm confident that with Bill's leadership at ON.Lab we can deliver high quality innovative SDN platforms that the networking community at large can use and build on to solve significant business problems."
Snow earned his master's degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Engineering Management from Stanford University. He also holds a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University.
For more information, please visit: ONRC.stanford.edu/
About ON.Lab and Open Networking Research Center
The ONRC is a collaborative research center founded to explore SDN as the new networking paradigm and provide open-source SDN tools and platforms. ONRC is a partnership between Stanford University, University of California, Berkeley, and leading commercial organizations seeking to advance the state-of-the-art in software-defined networking. The founding sponsors of ONRC include: CableLabs, Cisco, Ericsson, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Huawei, Intel, Juniper, NEC, NTT DOCOMO, Texas Instruments and VMware.
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