Nehal Bhau, Chief Software Architect
Nehal Bhau brings more than 18 years of startup and software development experience across a broad range of networking areas to Viptela. Prior to joining Viptela, he served as a Principal Engineer and Director in Alcatel-Lucent’s IP Division (formerly TiMetra). He led Alcatel-Lucent’s BGP team, designed and implemented several routing features in the areas of OSPF, BGP, Layer-3 VPNs, Layer-2 VPNs and Multicast VPNs. Additionally, he led a team that integrated Arbor Networks threat management system to the 7750 routers. Before Alcatel-Lucent, Nehal was a technical leader in the IOS and IOS-XR routing team at Cisco. He contributed to various critical product features such as Routing Policy Language and carrier class high availability for IOS-XR routers, which power half the Internet today. Before Cisco, Nehal held senior engineering positions at AYR Networks (Cisco), Tasman Networks (Nortel) and 3Com and worked on a diverse set of areas from layer-2 protocols, device drivers to unicast and multicast routing protocols. Nehal holds a Master of Science in Computer Engineering from the University of Southern California and started his career working on computer networks at the famous Information Sciences Institute (ISI).