VeloCloud snags $27 million from Cisco and friends to take SDN beyond the data center
It’s always notable when a top enterprise vendor invests in an up-and-coming startup, even if that startup doesn’t count more than 100 major global brands among its clientele like VeloCloud Inc. does. The four-year-old outfit announced this morning that it secured a $27 million investment from Cisco Systems Inc. and several leading venture capital firms to further expand the adoption of its network automation platform, which promises to bring the benefits of the software-defined management model to edge locations.
The centerpiece of the platform is a cloud-based control console that allows administrators to set rules for how a remote office’s router should serve different types of traffic. An organization could have packets from business teleconferencing software transmitted through its fast private network to minimize latency while making lower-priority applications use regular broadband connectivity for their communications. VeloCloud also enables customers to go a step further and throttle or even outright block certain unwanted services in order to ensure they make the most use out of their infrastructure.
Policies defined in VeloCloud’s console can be quickly applied to various off-the-shelf networking appliances without the laborious manual configuration historically required to deploy proprietary gear, according to the startup. The resulting productivity improvement holds the potential to help organizations expand into new regions faster while greatly reducing the amount of effort involved in reacting to operational changes. If, for instance, workers at remote office want to add another application to their environment, the administrator on call is able to simply create a new set of rules and push out the update to the local equipment.
Among the organizations using VeloCloud’s software is The Coca-Cola Company, Deutsche Telekom AG and NTT Data Corp., the systems integration subsidiary of Japan’s largest carrier. In addition to its lengthy list of customers, the startup also boasts a sizable war chest that now stands at $48 million thanks to the funding from its latest round.
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