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Andreas Bechtolsheim

SVP, Co-Founder and Chief System Architect at Sun Microsystems,
Chief Development Officer of Arista Networks

Andy BechtolsheimAndreas von Bechtolsheim is SVP, Co-Founder and Chief System Architect at Sun Microsystems, responsible for next generation server, storage, and network architectures. Since November 2008, Andy is also Chief Development Officer of Arista Networks, a high-speed cloud networking company.

From 1995 to 1996, Andy was CEO and President of Granite Systems, a Gigabit Ethernet Switching startup company he founded that Cisco acquired in September of 1996. From 1996 to 2003 Andy was VP Engineering and later General Manager for the Gigabit Systems Business Unit at Cisco System that developed the Catalyst 4000/4500 Gigabit Switch family, the highest volume modular switching platform in the industry.

Andy earned a M.S. in Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 1976. He was a doctoral student in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at Stanford University from 1977 to 1982. He has been honored with a Fulbright scholarship, a German National Merit Foundation scholarship, the Stanford Entrepreneur Company of the year award, the Smithsonian Leadership Award for Innovation, and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.