Former Packeteer head has new networking startup

Former Packeteer CEO Craig Elliott has a cloud-based startup in stealth mode called Pertino Networks that is promising to "reinvent networking" by delivering "big IT capabilities in minutes with revolutionary simplicity, security and flexibility."

At least that is what it says on the Pertino website. The company has declined to discuss details of its plans beyond indicating that it may announce financing news in the near future.

The Pertino site has 13 people listed on its team, including Elliott and three other co-founders, Scott Hankins, Andrew Mastracci and Michael Cartsonis.

Hankins, a 1999 graduate of Stanford University with a BS in Electrical Engineering, formerly served as director of engineering at Blue Coat Systems, and prior to that he held the same position at Packeteer.

Mastracci, who now serves as architect at Petrino, also worked with Elliott and Hankins at Blue Coat and Packeteer, serving as a software engineer at both firms. And Cartsonis, who is now the company’s vice president of marketing and business development, previously worked for Blue Coat Systems and Juniper Networks, according to his LinkedIn page.

Before becoming CEO at Packeteer, Elliott headed up Apple’s international internet and online services division.  Packeteer was purchased by Blue Coat Systems for $268 million in 2008.

Elliot more recently helped fashion a few blogosphere headlines after Steve Jobs died in October, when he posted a video on his Facebook account that Apple workers presented to Jobs on his 30th birthday.

Network World staff writer Brandon Butler covers cloud computing and social media. He can be reached at and found on Twitter at @BButlerNWW.

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