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Cisco Names Data Chief

Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) has remodeled its data center division, which includes storage, and put a new boss in charge.

Jayshree Ullal will be senior VP of the data center, switching, and security technology group, according to executive changes announced Thursday night (see Cisco Shuffles Execs ).
Ullal has headed the security, optical networking, and LAN switching groups during her 12 years at Cisco (see Cisco's Ullal Talks Optical Future). She reports to new chief development officer, Charles Giancarlo (see organization chart below).

Meanwhile, a bunch of the original Andiamo Gang are out. Outgoing chief development officer Mario Mazzola and senior VPs Luca Cafiero, Prem Jain, and Soni Jiandani have all retired. All three were part of the Andiamo spin-in, which developed Cisco's MDS 9000 series of SAN switches. Cisco officially closed the deal at a price of $750 million 17 months ago (see Cisco Buys Andiamo Finally).

Ullal's new division is also shaped differently. When Cafiero was in charge, storage was part of the data center, switching, and wireless technology group. Now, Cisco has added security and put wireless elsewhere. Apparently, the company sees how inextricably twined security and storage have become (see NetApp Buys Decru and Wedding of the Year).

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