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Sanera Guns for Brocade: Page 3 of 3

At the helm is CEO and founder Raj Cherabuddi, a former chief architect at Sun Microsystems Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW), who brought around 30 percent to 40 percent of his staff with him from Sun. Cherabuddi and his followers were all UltraSPARC architects, Sun’s processor that has dominated the UNIX space. “The product they are building requires a high level of integration at the ASIC level -- so the experience they bring from Sun is essential,” says Mendez.

The quality of Sanera’s financial backing is pretty impressive, too. Legendary VC Wu-Fu Chen has dipped into his startup fund -- Acorn Campus -- to invest in the company, and so have Storm Ventures and ETrade