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DriveNets adds engineering talent for cloud, edge networking after $262M funding round

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DriveNets adds engineering talent for cloud, edge networking after $262M funding round

DriveNets, which provides software for building networks, has added to its engineering team with the hiring of industry veterans from Fastly and Netflix. The company’s latest hires follow the company’s announcement of a massive $262M round of funding in August 2022.

One recent addition is Ryan Landry, who was hired as VP of Infrastructure Operations.

“Ryan brings a rich background in networking with 20+ years building complex global networks and systems used by billions around the world, previously serving as VP, Global Engineering Operations at Fastly,” the company said in a post on LinkedIn. Prior to his seven-year stint at Fastly, Landry held a variety of engineering positions at companies such as Cisco and Telus.

DriveNets provides an open, disaggregated networking solution that competes against companies such as Cisco; its key customers are service providers like Telus. In fact, AT&T is DriveNets’ biggest announced customer.

Another recent addition to the DriveNets team is Michael Costello who said in a LinkedIn post he is joining as Senior Director, Infrastructure. Costello previously served as Director of Engineering for Netflix. Costello had also served as an engineer on the content delivery operations team. Netflix CDNs points of presence are located near or in service provider networks and serve video streams to over 214M paid subscribers worldwide.

While much of the attention revolves around DriveNets’ use in data centers and core service provider networks, the company also offers DriveNets Network Cloud for edge cloud architecture, which combines networking and compute resources over a shared infrastructure. Connecting edge nodes to networks is an interesting technical challenge that is of growing interest to enterprises and cloud providers as companies seek to quickly build private wireless networks to augment wireline network connections.

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