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Mahesh Veerina

The Founder CEO of Ramp Networks first Started his operations in Hyderabad
 

Mahesh Veerina is the former founder and CEO of Ramp Networks, Inc. Their product WebRamp routers won numerous product-of-the-year awards was sold in 55 countries. With Nokia acquiring more than 90% of the outstanding shares of Ramp Networks two years back,it's no doubt that Veerina's venture has been his great accomplishment. The wireless communications company acquired this Internet security appliance maker for $125.9 million.


Ramp Networks is a leading provider of next-generation Internet services platforms for the small office. The award-winning WebRamp family is an intelligent and highly-integrated access platform that enables Internet based business-to-business and business-to-consumer applications and managed services to the customer "edge" of the network. The WebRamp Intelligent Edge is a strategic component in the transition of the current network infrastructure to Next Generation IP Networks, allowing software and services to be easily delivered to the small office and branch office and managed centrally by carriers and service providers. The WebRamp family is available for ADSL, SDSL, IDSL, G.Lite, analog, ISDN, cable, and managed services including VoDSL, IP fax and security. Products are available through Internet service providers, local exchange carrier partners and through Rampís extensive VAR channel. Ramp Networks is headquartered in Santa Clara, CA, with sales locations throughout the world.

Veerina obtained a Master's degree in Electronics from Andhra University, then came to the United States with dreams of making it big in this land of opportunities. In the U.S., he pursued a second Master's degree in Computer Engineering from Purdue University. He then moved to California, to booming Silicon Valley, with the intent of working for five years and then plunging into business on his own. Veerina is founder and chairman of Flowise, which provides high-performance router acceleration products that are self-configuring. Veerina formerly managed the development of high performance ATM multi-protocol routers at SynOptics. He also worked at Amdahl Corporation, leading teams of engineers on various networking projects. Based in Los Altos Hills, California, Veerina continued to read, to take classes at Stanford University and to hone his skills for the dream he never lost sight of, establishing his own business.

This high achiever then started Ramp Networks (initially named Trancell Systems) in 1993 with several Indian friends, relatives, and colleagues. The company was setup with a vision to develop low-cost devices that speed Internet access for small businesses. The concept was born through the struggle of their own company to gain easy Internet access. Unable to connect easily and have their ten employees log on quickly and simultaneously, Veerina asked one of his engineers to see if he could design a board, which would make this possible. Thus WebRamp was born.

With the intentions of giving something back to the country, Veerina started his operations in Hyderabad. And his office was the first to benefit from the STP program in Hi-Tech City.
 

- January' 2003

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