Enterprise service mesh company Tetrate announced today that Sanjay Poonen will serve as the company’s strategic advisor. Tetrate was founded by the creators and maintainers of the Istio and Envoy projects. Poonen is a seasoned high-tech executive with extensive experience in product innovation and assisting multi-billion dollar businesses to enter and scale.
Previously, Poonen served as VMware’s chief operating officer, leading the company’s significant revenue growth from $6 billion to $12 billion, while leading VMware’s multi-cloud deals with AWS, Microsoft, Google and more. He also manages the company’s security and end-user computing businesses. Prior to VMware, Poonen served as president of SAP, leading the applications, industry and platform solutions and sales teams, driving the company’s business from $10 billion to $20 billion, including the fastest $1 billion in revenue in SAP history product – HANA. Before joining SAP, Poonen held senior executive positions at Symantec and Informatica. He started his career as a software engineer at Microsoft and Apple. Poonen holds multiple patents, holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, and holds a Baker Scholar honor from Harvard Business School. He also holds an MS in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University and a BS in Computer Science and Engineering/Mathematics from Dartmouth University, cum laude and a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
Jeyappragash “JJ” Jeyakeerthi, co-founder of Tetrate, said, “We are delighted to welcome Sanjay to the Advisory Board. His management acumen and domain expertise are broad and deep, covering all levels of high-tech company growth – from product, business development, sales, cloud The engineering needs of computing, to applications, analytics and security issues, etc. Widely regarded by his colleagues as visionary, inspirational, and strategic, he knows that Tetrate’s application connectivity solutions are modern today and into the future A key component of cloud computing.”
Poonen said: “It’s inspiring to see companies with critical solutions like Tetrate doing the important creative work to innovate at cloud speed and win customers over. In today’s insecure network environment and regulation struggling to keep pace with evolution environment, modernizing applications with a service mesh across clusters, clouds and data centers is critical. Understanding how an open source approach will shape tech expansion and help businesses thrive now and over the next decade is also critical – Tetrate Stay ahead and offer the right product mix to meet business challenges.”