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Karl May

Serial Entrepreneur and Founder, Lumen Networks, Qognition and Mirage

Karl May is a serial entrepreneur and founder of Lumen Networks, Qognition, and Mirage. Previously, he was the founder and CEO of Treq Labs and was previously cofounder and CEO of Vello Systems, where the VellOS network operating system was first developed and commercialized to provide automation, security and programmability to large scale production networks.

Over the past 30 years, he has been at the leading edge of a variety of technology trends. In 1990, he founded Provectus, a pioneer in multi-protocol routing. From Provectus, he joined SGI, leading the development of the first interactive television deployment, the forerunner to AppleTV and Netflix Streaming Service. From SGI, May went on to develop and commercialize the first broadband cable modem (LANCity/Bay Networks).

May started his career as a software engineer and manager at Hewlett-Packard, working on the
company's first RISC-based workstation.

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Industry Briefings 2
Sunday, 15 January 2017


Open Source Hardware Replacing MPLS for the Cloud




When Lumen set in motion a group of companies building open-source optical systems beginning with a Data Center Interconnect appliance, there were no other such appliances in the market (January 2014). Today, however, this market is projected to be the fastest growing segment of the systems market. 

Lumen is focused on three key elements that are ignored by traditional vendors: 
a. new business model to reduce capex;
b. collaborative development with many module and subsystem vendors; and
c. open API for programmable configuration, health maintenance, and automation

Today, Lumen’s growing ecosystem of the innovators in optical systems is leading to new and compelling products to provide a complete packet and optical solution. This new product and business model is finding strong resonance beyond carriers.


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