Juniper Networks names Google veteran Bikash Koley as CTO

Juniper Networks IndiaJuniper Networks has hired Google veteran Bikash Koley as its chief technology officer (CTO) — responsible for drafting technology strategy and leading technology innovations.

Innovation in Contrail and AppFormix will be one of focus areas for Juniper Networks.

“Bikash is a visionary who has been architecting and operating networks of the future at Google for the past ten years. Bikash will help us lead the transformation in the networking industry by delivering innovative products, solutions, and services for network operators,” said Rami Rahim, CEO of Juniper Networks.

Bikash Koley is currently a distinguished engineer and head of Network Architecture, Engineering and Planning at Google. He is an expert on the topics of software-defined networking (SDN), packet and optical network integration, warehouse-scale computing, and large-scale data center interconnection.

At Google, Bikash Koley designed, built and operated Google’s production network infrastructure, spanning data center, backbones, optical and the content edge. His team oversaw Google’s SDN evolution, network technology strategy and networking research and innovation, enabling ubiquitous programmability and very high reliability.

Prior to Google, Bikash Koley was the CTO of Qstreams Networks, a company he co-founded. He also spent several years at Ciena Corporation in various technical roles, developing DWDM and Ethernet technologies.

Bikash Koley has published many research papers and received 18 patents related to networking technologies.

Bikash Koley received a Bachelors in Technology for Electronics and Communications Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India and MS and PhD degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Maryland at College Park.