Stealthy start-up Nicira got some backing from VMware founder Diane Greene and is developing a network operating system designed to virtualize networks and create networks ideal for cloud deployments. Nicira’s founding team comes out of Stanford University, where Greene’s husband and VMware co-founder, Mendel Rosenblum, is a professor in computer science.
he start-up’s CEO is Steve Mullaney, who has held executive positions at Palo Alto Networks, Blue Coat, Cisco and other companies. Nicira’s co-founders also include Scott Shenker and Nick McKeown, who are computer science professors at Stanford University.
Nicira investors also include the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz formed by two ex-Netscape execs, and Andy Rachleff, a partner at Benchmark Capital.
Nicira raised one equity round of $9 million and another of $4 million, according to a VentureBeat article.
Founded in 2007, the company is based in Palo Alto, Calif.