Cloudify names telecoms veteran Krish Prabhu as strategic advisor

Natalie Bannerman
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Krish Prabhu, the former chief technology officer of AT&T, has been named as the special strategic advisor of Cloudify

Cloudify, a provider of cloud native software, has announced the appointment of Krish Prabhu as a special strategic advisor.

In his new role Prabhu brings his 35 years of experience in the networking industry to help guide the company in delivering the next generation of network function virtualisation (NFV)  and software-defined networking (SDN) innovation. In that past he has described his passion for building networks on principles of openness and standardization to achieve what he calls: ‘evolvability, flexibility, security and scale’. 

Speaking on his new role Prabhu said: “Cloudify is uniquely positioned to deliver on the promise of the next-generation of NFV and SDN through its commitment to open source and open standards. I am truly excited at having the opportunity to work with the Cloudify team to contribute at the leading edge of the industry and be a part of this great transformational journey.”

Prabhu is regarded as a veteran in the global telecoms industry having worked for companies such as AT&T as chief technology officer and president of AT&T Labs. During this time he led the company’s flagship network transformation project, which focussed on driving a new approach to open Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) on a global scale and automating network operations and control functions. The project is now the primary codebase for the Linux Foundation Project ONAP (Open Network Automation Project). Cloudify and AT&T have collaborated together on the project and are also platinum founding members. 

In addition, while at AT&T Prabhu was responsible for the company’s global technology leadership, including network innovation, product development and research, intellectual property organisation and the organisation of the global supply chain. Before joining AT&T, Prabu was the CEO of Tellabs, the global network technology provider and prior to that he held various management positions at Alcatel, including the role of chief operating officer which he held from 1999 to 2001.

Zeev Bikowsky, CEO of Cloudify, commented: "Krish brings to Cloudify decades of experience driving top-tier networking companies with a deep market understanding of the need for open, agile networks, having experienced the limitations of static networking first-hand. With his wealth of first-hand knowledge, he can contribute immensely to our efforts to architect future-proof and innovative networking solutions to face the challenges yet ahead of scale, distribution, edge and security.”