About Us

Solarflare is pioneering server connectivity for neural class networks. From silicon to firmware to software, Solarflare delivers a comprehensive, integrated set of technologies for distributed, ultra scale, software defined datacenters.

Meet XtremeScale

Our XtremeScale Architecture is a design framework that includes a complete suite of features for ultra scale environments—High bandwidth, ultra low latency, ultra scale connectivity, software defined, security with hardware firewalls and instrumentation for line-speed telemetry.

Global Deployment

Solarflare solutions are deployed by virtually every major global exchange, commercial bank and hedge fund. This exacting, regulated performance uniquely qualifies our solutions for use in ultra scale applications for IoT, big data and artificial intelligence where low latency, robust security and insightful telemetrics are critical.

History

Founded in 2001, Solarflare was one of the pioneers of 10GbE standards and technology. Today—with over 200 employees in the USA, UK, India and Hong Kong—the company is pioneering a new generation of networking technology. We are a fabless semiconductor company and a networking software company with over half of our employees doing chip and software design. Since 2001, our routes to market have grown to include over 22 distributors, 180 VARs and 1,650 customers around the world. Solarflare is headquartered in Irvine, California, and operates R&D facilities in Cambridge, UK and New Delhi, India.

Management Team

Russell Stern

Russell Stern
President & CEO

Mary Jane Abalos

Mary Jane Abalos
CFO

Eric Koach

Eric Koach
Chief Revenue Officer

Andre Chartrand

Andre Chartrand
VP Engineering

Russell Stern has served as President and CEO at Solarflare Communications since 2004. He was formerly President and CEO at JNI Corporation in San Diego, California. Prior to JNI, Stern served as General Manager and COO at Quantum Corporation. For more than 13 years, he held a number of increasingly responsible positions in the disc drive industry including five years at Western Digital Corporation in Irvine, CA, where he held the positions of Sr. VP, R and D, VP, Worldwide Operations and as Co-Chief Operating Officer. Stern has also held executive engineering and marketing positions with Seagate Technology and Adaptec. He began his career at IBM, where he held various engineering and management positions in the development and manufacturing of the IBM PC / XT / AT and PS/2. He obtained his Bachelor of Technology in Electrical Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY. Stern is also Chairman of the Foundation Board for the Orange County High School of the Arts, a chartered public school in Santa Ana, CA.

Mary Jane Abalos is responsible for finance and human resources. Previously, she was VP Planning and Finance Operations at Cogent, Inc., a global biometric identification solutions provider in Pasadena, California, where she was involved with strategic planning efforts that ultimately led to the sale of the company to 3M. Prior to Cogent, Abalos held various finance and management positions in technology companies including JNI Corporation in San Diego. She holds a MS in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance from San Diego State University and a BS in Management Science from the University of California, San Diego.

Eric Koach is responsible for driving all facets of Solarflare’s worldwide sales which include “go-to-market” sales and channel strategies, lead contract negotiations, implementation of robust sales support processes, and customer success. With more than 25 years’ experience in technology sales and general executive management, Eric is known for developing effective leaders, consistently exceeding sales goals, and transforming sales teams. Most recently, Koach was with Hewlett Packard Enterprise where he held a number of positions of increasing responsibility, most recently as Vice President and Head of Divestiture Management for the Americas. Prior to HPE, Eric served as Director of Sales, Cloud Service Providers at Dell. Koach studied economics and psychology at the University of Texas at Austin and earned his BA from Windsor University. In addition, Koach currently serves as a Board Member of the Houston Technology Center.

Andre Chartrand is responsible for leading the engineering team in developing software and hardware solutions that create more efficient, accelerated networks. Chartrand joins Solarflare with over 30 years of engineering experience, having led Entropic Communications through a successful IPO in 2007 after serving as Engineering Vice President for three and a half years. Following his role at Entropic, Chartrand served as the Vice President at ClariPhy Communications where he created and managed several world-class teams. Chartrand also held a variety of engineering positions for Transwitch Communications, Velio Communications and Chromatic Research. He holds a BSEE from Ecole Polytechnique, University of Montreal.

Don Kammer

Don Kammer
VP Operations

Martin Porter

Martin Porter
VP Engineering, UK

Steve Pope

Steve Pope
Co-Founder & CTO

David Riddoch

David Riddoch
Co-Founder & Chief Architect

Don Kammer is responsible for leading the supply chain and quality organizations at Solarflare. Kammer has over 25 years of purchasing, planning, and manufacturing experience with established global technology companies. He joined Solarflare in 2010 as Director of Supply Chain and recently led Solarflare through the successful achievement of ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certifications. Previously, Kammer was the Director of Purchasing at QLogic Corporation, responsible for driving product cost reductions and managing supplier relationships. Prior to QLogic, he held various operations, supply chain and procurement positions at Quantum, Western Digital, SCI Systems, Tandon and IBM. He holds a BS in Business Administration from C.W. Post, Long Island University.

Martin Porter is responsible for all software, firmware, hardware and customer support activities at Solarflare. He joined the company through its merger with Level 5 Networks where he served as Software Director for three years. Porter spent the previous five years in the same role at Conexant where he managed the software development group for ADSL silicon, leading to shipments of over 13 million units. Previous roles include lead software architect of the iconic SADiE Digital Audio Workstation. He holds a first class degree in mathematics from Nottingham University and a master's with distinction from York University.

Steve Pope holds a Ph.D. in Networks and Operating Systems from Cambridge University. He is currently CTO of Solarflare, responsible for technology direction, system architecture and intellectual property.

David co-founded Level 5 Networks in July 2002 and joined Solarflare when it merged with Level 5 in April 2006. David is the architect and lead developer of Solarflare's market leading OpenOnload network acceleration middleware. David's mission is to deliver absolutely the best possible performance without asking users to abandon the standard network stack: Sockets, TCP, UDP and Ethernet.

Derek Roberts

Derek Roberts
Co-Founder & VP Hardware Architecture

Derek Roberts is responsible for the controller hardware architecture at Solarflare. He co-founded Level 5 Networks in July 2002. Prior to this, Dr. Roberts was the hardware architect for the CLAN high-performance networking project at AT&T Laboratories Cambridge. While at AT&T Labs, he was also responsible for numerous leading-edge hardware developments. Previously, Dr. Roberts headed up application software development at Myriad Solutions. He holds a first class degree in Electrical Sciences and a Ph.D. in Voltage Standards from the University of Cambridge.

Derek Roberts is responsible for the controller hardware architecture at Solarflare. He co-founded Level 5 Networks in July 2002. Prior to this, Dr. Roberts was the hardware architect for the CLAN high-performance networking project at AT&T Laboratories Cambridge. While at AT&T Labs, he was also responsible for numerous leading-edge hardware developments. Previously, Dr. Roberts headed up application software development at Myriad Solutions. He holds a first class degree in Electrical Sciences and a Ph.D. in Voltage Standards from the University of Cambridge.

Board of Directors

Russell Stern

Russell Stern
President & CEO

Bandel Carano

Bandel Carano
Oak Investment

Charles Cotton

Charles Cotton
Cambridge Enterprise

John Hamm

John Hamm
Venture Investor

Mark Potter

Mark Potter
Hewlett-Packard Enterprise

Russell Stern has served as President and CEO at Solarflare Communications since 2004. He was formerly President and CEO at JNI Corporation in San Diego, California. Prior to JNI, Stern served as General Manager and COO at Quantum Corporation. For more than 13 years, he held a number of increasingly responsible positions in the disc drive industry including five years at Western Digital Corporation in Irvine, CA, where he held the positions of Sr. VP, R and D, VP, Worldwide Operations and as Co-Chief Operating Officer. Stern has also held executive engineering and marketing positions with Seagate Technology and Adaptec. He began his career at IBM, where he held various engineering and management positions in the development and manufacturing of the IBM PC / XT / AT and PS/2. He obtained his Bachelor of Technology in Electrical Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY. Stern is also Chairman of the Foundation Board for the Orange County High School of the Arts, a chartered public school in Santa Ana, CA.

Bandel L. Carano, Managing Partner, joined Oak Investment Partners in 1985 and became a General Partner in 1987. Bandel's investment focus is on Information Technology and Clean Energy.

Bandel is currently on the Boards of Airspan Networks, Centric Software, Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Mimosa Networks, MobiTV, Mojix, NeoPhotonics, NextNav, nLight, Protean Electric, SmartDrive, and Solarflare Communications. Bandel has also led investments in and/or served on the Boards of 2Wire, Avici, CoreTek, Endwave, eSolar, Fiber Tower, Good Technoloy, Netopia, Phononic Devices, Picture Tel, Polycom, Presidio, Qtera, Sentient Networks, Tegic, Trapeze Networks, Wellfleet, Entropic, Illustra/Informix, Sybase, Tele Atlas, Actel, Airgo Networks, CommQuest, Kenet, Level 5, NanoH2O, NemeriX, Newport Media, Resonext, SMIC, Synaptics, Virata, Interconnectix, Parametric, Synopsys, Tensilica, Wavestream, and Zayo.

Prior to Oak, Bandel joined Morgan Stanley's Venture Capital Group in 1983. He was responsible for advising Morgan Stanley on high-tech new business development, as well as sponsoring venture investments.

Bandel received BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. He currently serves on the Investment Advisory Board of the Stanford Engineering Venture Fund.

Charles Cotton is Founder and Chairman of Cambridge Phenomenon Ltd. He co-authored The Cambridge Phenomenon 50 Years of Innovation and Enterprise and The Cambridge Phenomenon: Global Impact. He is a Director of Frontier Developments Plc; Solarflare Inc.; XMOS Ltd; Cambridge Enterprise and is a member of its Investment Committees; Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Panel of Cambridge Innovation Capital; Deputy Chairman of Cambridge Ahead; a member of the Board of Trustees of the American University of Sharjah and AUS Enterprises.

Previously he was a Supervisory Board member of Euronext Amsterdam listed, Tele Atlas which was sold to TomTom for $4.3Bn in 2008; Executive Chairman of NASDAQ listed, GlobespanVirata Inc.; and CEO of Virata Corp. which he took public on NASDAQ in 1999 and achieved a market cap of more than $5Bn at its peak.

Prior to that he was President of Thermal Scientific Inc, and a Director of London Stock Exchange listed Thermal Scientific Ltd. His engagement in high technology dates back to 1983 when he was Sales and Marketing Director at Sinclair Research Ltd. After graduating, he worked in the automotive industry at British Leyland and Ford.

He holds a BA Hons in Physics from Oxford University and is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

John Hamm brings decades of experience in growing companies, both in executive leadership positions and in serving on boards of Directors. He has served on the boards of Brocade Communications, Documentum (acquired by EMC), IronPort Systems (acquired by Cisco), SiliconStor (acquired by LSI), Truveo (acquired by TWC-AOL) and Webify (acquired by IBM). Hamm has also served as CEO of PonoMusic and Accept Software. Hamm also held senior positions at Western Digital and Adaptec. Hamm started his professional career at Hewlett Packard. In the venture capital community, Hamm was both a GP at VSP Capital and a venture partner at Redpoint Ventures. John holds a Bachelor, Science degree in Engineering from Purdue University - Engineering Physics and Engineering Management.

Mark Potter is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Hewlett Packard Enterprise and the Director of Hewlett Packard Labs, the company’s advanced research organization. In his CTO and Labs leadership role, Potter works closely with the business, sales and Hewlett Packard Labs to set the strategy, help incubate new businesses and accelerate the company’s innovation agenda to a broader set of customers.

Prior to his current role, Potter served as the general manager over key business areas at HP for over a decade. Most recent, he was Senior Vice President and General Manager (GM) of the $14+ billion server business which included the industry standard, high performance computing and mission critical server portfolios.

Before taking the server leadership role, Potter was the GM of HP’s emerging Blades business where he rapidly grew the business to over $3B in revenue as well as establishing it as the clear #1 market leader.

In addition, he served as the GM of the strategic software business at HP which focused on developing key leadership software products for cloud, virtualization and infrastructure management. In this role, Potter also managed the business relationships with Microsoft, Red Hat, and VMware.

Mark has a track record for linking technology and business, having incubated and created 4 separate $1B+ businesses in his career. He has also been the recipient of eight engineering patents.

Potter currently serves on several boards including private and public companies as well as non-profits. Before joining HPE, Potter served in leadership and engineering roles in the aerospace industry. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University and serves on the University’s Dwight Look College of Engineering Board of Advisors.

Investors

Oak Investment Partners

Anthem Venture Partners

Acacia Capital Partners