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Steve Mullaney, Networking and Security Veteran, Joins Aviatrix Board of Directors

Mullaney’s VMware and Palo Alto Networks leadership expertise will help propel Aviatrix to the top of the public cloud networking market
PALO ALTO, Calif., July 17, 2018

Aviatrix, a pioneer in software-defined (SD) cloud routing and an inaugural Amazon Web Services Network Competency partner, today announced that Steve Mullaney—a former senior executive at Palo Alto Networks, Nicira Networks and VMware Inc.—has joined Aviatrix as a board member and investor.

“Enterprises are realizing that public cloud is the strategic direction for most of their IT infrastructure,” said Mullaney. “But while compute and storage are easy to do in the public cloud, networking isn’t—and it’s the most important thing to get right. Aviatrix is addressing this problem head on with its mission to make cloud networking as simple as cloud compute and storage. Their innovations in SD cloud routing will help enterprises reap the full value of their public cloud initiatives.”

“In Steve Mullaney’s 30-plus years as a top networking and security executive, he earned an esteemed reputation while taking a leadership role in the ongoing datacenter-to-cloud revolution,” said Aviatrix CEO Steven Mih. “As someone already responsible for groundbreaking industry milestones, Steve is ideally suited to help Aviatrix achieve our own groundbreaking goal: to reimagine networking through simplicity that facilitates, rather than hinders, organizations’ cloud transformation. We aim to help enterprises’ cloud operations break free of the networking industry’s traditional complexity-by-design approach.”

Mullaney a Long-Time Networking Industry Luminary

Steve Mullaney was the CEO of Nicira Inc., a network virtualization and software-defined networking company, from 2009 until it was acquired in 2012 by VMware for $1.26 billion. Nicira invented the concept of offering software-based services running on top of networking hardware. Mullaney became the senior vice president and general manager of VMware’s Networking and Security business unit following Nicira’s acquisition.

Previously, he served as vice president, marketing, and interim CEO for Palo Alto Networks, a network and enterprise security company known as a global cybersecurity leader. During his tenure there, Mullaney oversaw the company’s invention of the next-generation firewall market category, which helped cement Palo Alto Networks’ reputation as a thought leader and top cybersecurity vendor.

Earlier in his career, Mullaney held executive positions at Blue Coat Systems, Force10 Networks (acquired by Dell), Growth Networks (acquired by Cisco), ShoreTel (acquired by Mitel) and Bay Networks. While serving in engineering and product management at SynOptics, Mullaney helped create the 10BASE-T Ethernet standard.

About Aviatrix

Aviatrix is a pioneer in software-defined cloud routing that makes cloud networking as simple and dynamic as cloud compute and storage. By enabling cloud engineers to easily and securely route traffic across any public cloud, on-premises and remote-user networks, Aviatrix empowers organizations to move at the speed of cloud—no longer hindered by traditional networking complexity or the limitations of public cloud networking capabilities—for all their hybrid cloud and multicloud networking requirements. The Aviatrix AVX software-defined cloud router is available as installed software or a networking-as-a-service hosted offering. Learn more at or follow the company on Twitter @aviatrixsys.

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