Juniper Networks Hires Google Executive Bikash Koley As Chief Technology Officer

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Global networking solutions vendor, Juniper Networks, has hired Bikash Koley as its new chief technology officer (CTO). Mr. Koley will be responsible for charting Juniper’s technology strategy and for leading and executing several of the company’s critical technology innovations, including Contrail and AppFormix.

Bikash Koley would bring a wealth of experience in both IP and optical domains and in designing and operating large-scale networks. He will further Juniper’s vision of enabling high performance, highly-automated self-driving networks of the future. Mr. Koley is currently a “distinguished engineer” and the Head of Network Architecture, Engineering and Planning at Google.

Koley will be reporting to Juniper’s chief executive officer (CEO), Rami Rahim. “Bikash is a visionary who has been architecting and operating networks of the future at Google for the past ten years,” said Rami Rahim. “I’m excited to have Bikash help us lead the transformation in the networking industry by delivering innovative products, solutions, and services for network operators around the world.”

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“Harmonious connectivity to clouds is not a solved problem, and I look forward to being part of the new era of networking,” said Bikash Koley.

Mr. Koley would be an industry-leading expert on the topics of software-defined networking (SDN), packet and optical network integration, warehouse-scale computing, and large-scale data center interconnection. At Google, he designed, built and operated Google’s production network infrastructure, spanning data center, backbone(s), optical and the content edge. His team also oversaw Google’s SDN evolution, network technology strategy and networking research and innovation, “enabling ubiquitous programmability and very high reliability.”

Prior to Google, Bikash Koley was the CTO of Qstreams Networks, a company he co-founded. He also spent several years at Ciena Corporation in various technical roles, developing DWDM and Ethernet technologies. Mr. Koley is a frequent speaker in conferences and industry forums. He has published many research papers and received 18 patents related to networking technologies. He received a Bachelors in Technology for Electronics and Communications Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India and MS and PhD degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Maryland at College Park.

“I have admired Juniper Networks‘ technology for the last two decades and believe the technology within Juniper will lend itself to an amazing programmable platform that will allow companies to operate seamless hybrid cloud infrastructures,” said Bikash Koley. “Harmonious connectivity to clouds is not a solved problem, and I look forward to being part of the new era of networking.”