When Nick, Pat and I started Barefoot Networks, I took on the role of CEO but talked about a time when I will want to pass on the reins to a leader who can take our company to the next level of growth. We built an amazing team, recently closed a stellar Series C, built technology that is an engineering marvel and we’ve even delivered our products to multiple customers in record time.
Last week we had the privilege of being part of first ever “Disaggregate: Networking” event held at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park. This event was an invitation-only, technical conference for engineers with an interest in open and disaggregated networking solutions. It was a delight to demonstrate our programmable forwarding plane technology at this event.
At Barefoot, we have successfully built the world’s highest performance Ethernet switch ASIC with a fully programmable packet processing pipeline and have been sampling to our customers since Q4, 2016.
It has been a momentous year at Barefoot - and probably an historic one for the networking industry as a whole. For the first time in the history of networking, highest-performance and full pipeline programmability are delivered with no penalty on price or power.
It seems Barefoot has really started something big – and even blindsided a few top networking players – with the introduction of our 6.5Tb/s Tofino chip, the fastest networking chip in the world. Now, just three months after its introduction, we’re expecting several traditional legacy chip players to stage their own announcements of new chips that run as fast as Tofino. Great: like us, they’re satisfying “the need for speed.”