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Kealia Project Raises Questions

Sun Microsystems Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) founder and Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) VP Andy Bechtolsheim is working hard at a secret startup company in Palo Alto, Calif. But he's not yet ready to talk about what it is his company Kealia Inc. – is working on.

"We are in stealth mode right now and there are no announcements to make," Bechtolsheim said when reached at Kealia by Light Reading on Wednesday morning.

"Can you tell us if Cisco has any affiliation with Kealia? Or is this something you're funding and working on by yourself?" we inquired, while adjusting our fedora and ashing a cigar.

"I can't comment on your questions right now," he politely replied.

Kealia's existence came to light after Light Reading reported that a handful of trademark applications made by Bechtolsheim ignited some old rumors that Cisco was in the process of developing some remarkable product in the video server and storage business (see Is Cisco Tuning Into Video?).

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