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Reinventing networking for hyperconnected enterprises
NetFoundry enables apps to make networks, empowering businesses and developers to integrate network independent, programmable networks inside of services. NetFoundry’s platform makes it simple for businesses and app providers to deploy software-defined networks across the Internet which have the security and reliability of a private enterprise WAN.  Each network can be standalone or be bolted on to existing WANs to extend connectivity to cloud, IoT and new apps.
The Founding Team
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Galeal Zino
Founder
President
Galeal is the Founder of NetFoundry.

Prior to NetFoundry, Galeal led software and engineering departments for a mix of start-ups and large multi-nationals, including Founder and President at LocalRelay, VP of Engineering at Teleglobe and VP of Development and Engineering at ITXC.

Galeal's teams helped develop and engineer the world’s largest VoIP network, and build global collaboration products. Galeal has been awarded eight patents for the software and platforms powering those products, and the patented software currently powers the services of many of the world’s top communications providers.

Galeal was born in New York, graduated from Bucknell University and currently resides in the Charlotte, NC area with his wife and their four children.
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David Hart
Co-Founder
CTO
CTO for NetFoundry, and has over 20 years of experience in the software industry. He is an expert in the IoT space, leading successive generations of remote connectivity platforms and solutions, playing key roles in designing, evangelizing, and realizing innovative connected product solutions. Prior to NetFoundry, Dave was CTO of the ThingWorx IoT segment at PTC, which he joined as part of the PTC’s acquisition of Axeda. As CTO of Axeda, Dave drove Axeda’s technology and product development teams continued delivery of innovative IoT platform capabilities. Prior to Axeda, Dave provided technical leadership and direction for Questra’s Intelligent Device Management platform. from product inception through the ultimate acquisition by Axeda. In addition to product development, Dave has led solution architecture, product management, and professional services organizations in ensuring the successful deployment of connected products in the marketplace. He lives near Rochester, NY, USA.
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Robert Caamano
Co-Founder
Head of Network Architecture
Responsible for global Network Architecture/Engineering for NetFoundry, Robert has over twenty years of experience, and joined NetFoundry in 2016 after a successful seventeen year career at Fujitsu Network Communications where he led many network engineering and design efforts for communications service providers, municipalities and large enterprise customers. Prior to Fujitsu, he worked as an Internetworking expert for RPM Consulting, a large east coast technology integration firm. Robert also served as a Senior Technical Associate at AT&T Solutions at their Global Client Support center in Durham, NC. Robert has been an active Cisco CCIE RS for the past 17+ years and holds an MS in Computer Science from DePaul University. Robert resides with his wife Michelle in Mooresville, NC, USA.
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Mike Kochanik
Co-Founder
Head of Global Channels and Alliances
Responsible for global channel revenue and alliances at NetFoundry, Mike brings to NetFoundry a 25-year distinguished career as a sales executive and global industry leader. He has led 5 early stage companies to successful liquidity events and the creation of greater than $500M in shareholder wealth across a wide range of emerging markets, including Internet of Things, Cloud Computing, Open Source, and Cyber Security. As Chief Revenue Officer of flowthings.io, Mike led efforts to secure strategic funding and successfully launched the company into the IoT market in 2015. He built CipherCloud’s global sales organization and led the company to $35M in revenue in the first 30 months of business operation, as Vice President of World Wide Sales. At CollabNet, he founded and was General Manager of both the DevOps and Federal business units, as well having generated $100M of the company’s overall revenue during his tenure. He started is early career as a Senior Systems Engineer for Lockheed Martin working on numerous DoD programs, including the US Navy Trident Missile program. Mike holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Stevens Institute of Technology and an MBA from Seton Hall University. He currently resides in the New York metropolitan area with his wife and their two sons.
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James Clardy
Co-Founder
Ecosystem Lead, Industrial IoT
Responsible for global alliances and ecosystem development at NetFoundry, James is an expert in business and technical partner strategies, including business case development, agreement negotiations and execution, and coordination of field engagement. James has a background in corporate strategy, business development, technical marketing and program management, with over 25 years of experience in start-ups and Fortune 500 companies including Dell, Motorola, NEC, and Siemens. During his tenure at Dell, he worked as technology strategist for the Office of the CTO, a team which envisions, designs and develops computing & communications client products ranging from desktops and notebooks to tablets, printers, displays and smartphones, as well as software, solutions, peripherals and services. Prior to Dell, James led business development in Motorola’s Multimedia System Division, delivering pioneering direct-to-home digital multimedia services. James started his career as VLSI design engineer, followed by field applications engineering and consultative sales roles across Europe and Asia. Raised on the Texas boarder speaking Spanish, and living in a German-speaking household, James is multilingual, with cross-cultural skills earned throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia Pacific.
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John Landau
Senior Advisor
 
Senior Advisor to NetFoundry. John continues to advise Tata Communications on strategic initiatives after serving most recently as Senior Vice President of Technology and Service Development, Corporate Strategy Group. His tenure at Tata Communications included roles as SVP Technology and Services Evolution, SVP, Global Managed Services, and VP Enterprise Services. John joined Tata Communications as part of the acquisition of VSNL’s communications business, where John lead the development of the company’s global connectivity, data center, and applications services portfolio for enterprises. John was SVP Product Management for ITXC, building the largest wholesale VoIP network in the world, which was acquired by Teleglobe. Previous roles included technology, product management and marketing positions for the Intel Communications Product Group, Dialogic, Benchmarq Microelectronics, and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD). He started his career in product management as Mostek Corporation in 1978. John and his wife live in Morristown, New Jersey.
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Mike Hallett
Co-Founder
Head of Global Sales and Business Development
Responsible for all worldwide direct revenue for NetFoundry, Mike has over 25 years of industry leadership experience with successful global companies across sales, general management and “C level” positions. He led Alliances at Oracle with responsibility for close to $1B in direct and partner revenue, and subsequently was responsible for the large consulting relationships such as Accenture and IBM which drove over $400M in revenue at Siebel. At Kintana, Mike built a worldwide field sales and delivery operation prior to its acquisition by HP. Subsequently, he was responsible for building from the initial funding, a global team for Questra Corp, a leading device management (IoT) company which was acquired. At CollabNet, he was responsible for growing worldwide annual subscription revenue by 237% to $50M and integrating 3 strategic acquisitions during his tenure. Born and educated in the UK, and a longtime resident in Toronto, Mike now resides in the San Francisco, USA area. He is married with two older children.
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Olaf Luetkehoelter
Co-Founder
Head of Development Operations
Head of development operations for NetFoundry. Olaf has over 25 years’ leadership experience in software development, architecture and consulting. Olaf joined NetFoundry from Cisco Systems, where he worked as a Principal Solution Architect in the Application Platforms Group, with a primary focus on enterprise integration and mobile experiences and additional exposure to streaming data and analytics. Prior to Cisco, he held the positon of Services Director at CompuCom, where he led a team of architects and subject matter experts in defining the managed cloud strategy and reference architecture. Before that, Olaf led many implementation projects in data center automation while working in the professional services organizations of BMC Software and IBM. Olaf was born and educated in Germany and holds an MS in Computer Science from the University of Kaiserslautern. He now resides in Cary, NC, USA with his wife. Together they have two daughters.
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Integron and NetFoundry Demonstrate Advantages of Software Defined Networking (SDN) for Clinical Trials at DIA 2017
Earlier this year, at Mobile World Congress, NetFoundry announced it is partnering with Integron, a global leader providing managed services for the IoT industry, by making available extremely secure, high-performance private network solutions, including those designed specifically for the healthcare information technology community.   Together with Integron, we are proud to demonstrate managed services for clinical trials of connected medical device solutions at the annual meeting of the Drug Information Association (DIA) at their event in Chicago, June 18 – 22. DIA is the only global, membership organization dedicated to bringing health care product development professionals together to share insights and drive action in health care product development and life cycle management. With over 12,000 members, including professionals from pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, government, students, and patient groups, the organization produces the largest, longest-running event in the life sciences industry designed to drive awareness and education around the improvement of health through the advancement of lifesaving medicines and technologies.   We are honored to have been selected by Integron to share their exhibition space and demonstrate the software-defined networking as a managed service we have created in collaboration with the team at Integron over the last few months.   Software-defined networking (SDN) enables easy deployment of private networks with advanced security on top of existing cloud, data center, and edge infrastructure, and in one use case, Integron is able to offer the spinning up of 100% private networks with highly secure data transfer for connected device trials, which can then be scaled commercially as more and more companies advance connected care solutions that include devices tracking vital signs and more.   NetFoundry offers the world’s first platform that enables enterprises to extend networks across IoT, clouds and IT with the security and reliability of WANs, but with the agility of an Internet-based, software-only architecture.   Integron is embedding the NetFoundry MultiCloud and IoTConnect platform within the Integron managed service solution. The integrated solution is now part of Integron’s complete portfolio of managed IoT services, which also include device and wireless management.   "Integron's proven track record of supporting large scale IoT implementations, and NetFoundry's ability to encrypt network traffic where it is only readable by trusted edge elements is a powerful combination", said Carl Ford, Conference Chairman of IoT Evolution. "Integron and NetFoundry together set a new high bar for IoT device and application security."   Visit Integron and NetFoundry (booth 2058) at DIA 2017 in Chicago, June 18-22, and contact Rob Boardman if you'd like to meet up!  
MultiCloud Meets Microservices: New Connectivity Models Are a Must
As compute and communications Infrastructure-as-a-Service continues to attract enterprises and organizations for all the obvious benefits, IT teams are grappling with a different kind of complexity with the growth of different flavors of clouds (private, public, hybrid, application specific, and more) and the proliferation of creative new services made possible through virtualization. MultiCloud environments are overtaking the challenges of hybrid cloud even as the tech industry has only just begun to solve for the integration of public and private cloud management systems, enabling a logical approach to standing up, managing and connecting different applications on different clouds. When it comes to microservices, managing more and more productivity, workflow, business process and compliance solutions becomes exponentially more challenging. While there is no reason to limit the creativity and efficiency of microservices, IT teams and their DevOps partners are wise to take a step back and look at the entire environment they have today and will add onto, particularly when it comes to networking, connectivity, security, maintenance and economics before they find themselves locked into inflexible contracts, expensive monthly fees, and business risk. Enterprises, governments and organizations doing anything at scale in big data, analytics, IoT, cloud communications, and application development for the web and mobile web, are naturally looking at events process and real time events processing models, especially when they are running real time businesses with a need for speed and agility. The Latest Buzzword or Incredibly Significant Shift: Serverless Computing “Serverless Computing” -  also known as function as a service (FaaS) – “is a cloud computing code execution model in which the cloud provider fully manages starting and stopping of a function's container platform as a service (PaaS) as necessary to serve requests, and requests are billed by an abstract measure of the resources required to satisfy the request, rather than per virtual machine, per hour,” according to Ron Miller, writer at TechCrunch. Amazon Web Services View Naturally, servers are crucial to any digital business application; the “serverless” term arose in an attempt to define a scenario where the business that controls the system does not have to own, purchase, rent or manage servers or VMs for the code to run on. Janakiram MSV is an analyst, advisor and an architect at Janakiram & Associates, wrote in Forbes that “serverless code can be used in conjunction with code written in traditional server style, such as microservices. For example, part of a web application could be written as microservices and another part could be written as serverless code. Alternatively, an application could be written that uses no provisioned servers at all, being completely serverless.” Serverless code can either be triggered by specific events (such as user registration with Amazon Cognito), or be configured to run behind an API management platform to expose it as a REST API endpoint. Comparing to traditional SOA based architectures, which rose up at the turn of the century, microservices and FaaS are lighter, faster and more scalable. Platforms are feeding the growth of microservices (examples include IBM’s WebSphere and Tibco’s ActiveMatrix) which have become popular because: Developers are abstracted and do not have to wonder about configuring and provisioning infrastructure Services are built and deployed at the single function level and not at the VM, container and application level, which is useful in development, prototyping and beta – extending in to GA FaaS and microservices can be spun up and down very quickly and work with a variety of common programming languages Why Not Spin Up Your Network as Easily as Microservices are Spun Up, Within a MultiCloud Environment? At NetFoundry, we have developed easy-to-use connectivity services, which can be spun up and down, can be purchased on a usage basis, help enterprises more easily and cost-efficiently connect to any number of clouds (link to MCC page), and more logically support microservices and FaaS than old school networking (MPLS, VPN, and other private network solutions built over the last few decades). The customers we are working with recognize the alignment of IaaS and Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) and get the value of being able to manage all their connectivity – to any number of clouds – for any number of applications – and any number of microservices – on a common, unified platform with an intuitive, familiar management console user experience. Why delay innovation when there is now a much better, much easier and much more cost efficient way to participate in the “MultiFacted” world of Everything as a Service by modernizing connectivity to support applications, to ensure security, to contribute to agility, and generally transform business to a richly digital state? Serverless? There are servers – enterprises just don’t have to buy them, maintain them, and manage them (including on your financial statements). Networkless? There is a network – it’s NetFoundry’s – but enterprises don’t need to buy it in the same old fashioned way. Aligning the new era of virtualization, including your computing, communications and connectivity makes sense when considered holistically and in the moment. Connectivity is no longer an “afterthought” – it can be built into applications, systems and IT budgets in 2018 and beyond.
Rule the Internet - Using SDN and Business Policy to Create Secure, Resilient Private Networks Over the Internet
Enterprises are moving rapidly beyond “Hybrid Cloud” to “Hyper Cloud” environments, challenging IT teams with ensuring various kinds of clouds and applications running over those clouds with secure, resilient, and cost efficient connections. As more and more endpoints are being connected, whether devices connecting people, things controlling office security, machines running applications managed in a distributed fashion – infinite combinations of connected computing and communications is causing a crisis in many organizations who are benefitting from the advantages of cloud, but are overwhelmed by the need to orchestrate all this cleanly. Whether applications require secure, high performance edge-to-cloud or cloud-to-cloud private networks, it is inevitable that the complexity and cost of setting up, managing and paying for traditional approaches, like MPLS networks and VPNs, is unsustainable moving forward. Enterprise applications are increasingly cloud-centric, integrating services and information across one to several different clouds and data centers. The NetFoundry platform, including our MultiCloud Connect products, enable instant creation of edge-to-cloud and cloud-to-cloud connection solutions across the Internet using any Internet access. Rule & Run Your Enterprise Connectivity Based on Business Policies Agile, secure, and Internet-based any-to-any multi-cloud connections with NetFoundry are a no-compromise supplement or substitute for inflexible enterprise network interconnections including MPLS, carrier Ethernet, and Internet VPN. Private NetFoundry Networks provide rigorous enterprise grade security and performance across the public Internet, independent of the diverse clouds and other endpoints that they connect – and can rapidly be spun up and managed based on policy – making this solution a network designer and network admin’s dream. They also make the creation, testing, rolling out and scaling of new business applications – on a per-application basis – easier and faster to do, with a unique “pay as you go” model. (No upfront capex required!) Instant provisioning can be based on the business policies – including down to the individual user, their work group, or the individual physical endpoint or machine in the case of enterprise IoT – using a web-based console. Policies can be adapted, making management, including expense management, exponentially easier than ever before. Cloud Native, Application Friendly, Multi-Cloud Ready: Born This Way Consider the number of clouds enterprises are managing today. There are the usual suspects (AWS, Azure, and more) – and then there are applications-related clouds, for business productivity (like salesforce.com and Office365). There are public clouds, private clouds, and hybrid clouds. NetFoundry’s MultiCloud Connect solutions can create policy driven networks for traditional business applications across these clouds – while also supporting fast growing Enterprise IoT applications. In the coming months, I’ll be sharing more about the exciting enterprise MultiCloud Connect products we will be releasing, coming on the heels of our announcements with Dell’s IoT Partner Solutions community and the Linux Foundation’s EdgeX Foundry. Additionally, this same next-generation network from NetFoundry, that can support multi-cloud environments, and the business applications running in those environments – can also serve to support your current and future IoT rollouts. Think about how that impacts the efficiency of the IT organization, the DevOps teams, and the developers within enterprises building competitive applications. This is why tech giants like IBM have partnered with us to tailor policy-driven connectivity solutions that can be bundled with applications like their new Voice Gateway for Watson, supporting cognitive contact centers. Contact me to learn more about the new way to connect enterprises and applications, endpoints and the cloud, people and things. Rodney