Cisco Names David Yen to Head UC and Nexus Server Access Switching Business

Cisco Systems Inc. said that it has named David Yen as senior vice president and general manager of its Server Access and Virtualization Technology Group (SAVTG), which houses the vendors' Unified Computing System (UCS) and portfolio of Nexus server access data center switching products.

Yen, a former Juniper Networks Inc. executive vice president and general manager in the Fabric and Switching Business Group and a 20-year veteran of the former Sun Microsystems Inc., will assume responsibility for SAVTG, reporting to Padmasree Warrior and Pankaj Patel, senior vice presidents and co-leaders of Cisco's engineering group.

He takes over SAVTG from Mario Mazzola, Prem Jain and Luca Cafiero, who will assume senior technical advisory roles to John Chambers, Cisco chairman and chief executive. Mazzola, Jain and Cafiero are three of the founders of Nuova Systems, acquired by Cisco in 2008 to form the basis of SAVTG.

"When Cisco pioneered Unified Computing in 2008, our critics said we would not last a year in this market," said Mazzola. "Now, we have one of the hottest technologies in the business world and in combination with the Nexus switching family, Cisco has the most innovative data center portfolio in the IT industry," he said. 

"This is a good time for us to hand the baton to the next generation of SAVTG leadership," said Mazzola. 

Yen is credited with leading Juniper's multiyear data center network research and development initiative, known as Qfabric, and with helping transform Sun from a workstation company to a leading enterprise server company.

Cisco said that its UCS and Nexus data center switches are two of its fastest growing product categories. In Q2 2011, sales of the Nexus 5000 jumped 56 percent and the Nexus 2000 climbed 150 percent when compared to the same period last year, the company said. In addition, sales of the vendor's UCS showed an annualized run rate of $650 million as of Q2 2011, officials said.

"David is inheriting a product portfolio that is firing on all cylinders," said John Chambers, Cisco chairman and chief executive.

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