Wednesday, July 1, 2015

June was busy for Start-ups + Networking + Cloud + Security

Cisco to acquire OpenDNS for $635 Million


Cisco agreed to acquire OpenDNS, a privately held security company based in San Francisco, for approximately $635 million in cash and assumed equity awards. OpenDNS provides a secure DNS offering with advanced threat protection for "any device, across any port, protocol or app." Its predictive security model is designed to anticipate malicious activity, including botnets and phishing. Its DNSCrypt technology converts regular DNS traffic into encrypted...

Distil Raises $21M for Bot Detection and Mitigation


Distil Networks, a start-up with offices in Arlington, Virginia and San Francisco, raised $21 million in Series B funding for its bot detection and mitigation solution. Distil helps to defend websites against malicious bots used for web scraping, brute force attacks, competitive data mining, account hijacking, unauthorized vulnerability scans, spam, man-in-the-middle attacks and click fraud. Its unique approach monitors every single Web request...

HackerOne Raises $25 Million for Vulnerability Tracking


HackerOne, a start-up based in San Francisco with offices in the Netherlands, raised $25 million in Series B funding for its vulnerability management and bug bounty platform. HackerOne, which was created by people who scaled a new security approach at Facebook, Microsoft and Google, relies on the worldwide hacker community to find and disclose software security holes. The company said it can identify security vulnerabilities on a continuous basis,...

AtScale Raises Funding for Business Intelligence Interface for Hadoop


AtScale, a start-up based in San Mateo, California, announced $7 million in series A funding for its business intelligence solution for Hadoop. AtScale aims to is the glue between two fast-growing but currently disconnected markets: Big Data, estimated at $50B by Wikibon, and the Business Analytics industry, a space IDC predicts will reach $59.2B in 2018. AtScale requires no data movement and no new visualization interface to act as the business...

Enigma Raises $28 Million for its Analytics Engine


Enigma, a start-up based in New York City, announced a $28.2 million Series B funding round to support its work in data discovery and analytics. Enigma has developed an analytics engine that can search, discover and connect billions of previously unlinked public records from thousands of governments and organizations across the world. Enigma is now focusing these capabilities on the enterprise market, bringing its unique corpus of public data...

Portworx Targets Container-Aware Storage


Portworx, a start-up based in Redwood City, California, unveiled its solution for providing elastic, scale-out block storage natively to Docker containers. Portworx PWX Converged Infrastructure for Containers allows Dockerized applications to execute directly on the storage infrastructure. It also enables Dockerized applications to be scheduled across machines and clouds, making possible the deployment of stateful, distributed applications. Key...

Rancher Labs Launches its Container Infrastructure Platform


Rancher Labs, a start-up based in Cupertino, California, announced the beta release of its platform for running Docker in production. It includes a fully-integrated set of infrastructure services purpose built for containers, including networking, storage management, load balancing, service discovery, monitoring, and resource management. Rancher connects these infrastructure services with standard Docker plugins and application management tools,...

Datawise.io Targets Network/Storage for Linux Containers


Datawise.io, a start-up based in San Jose, previewed its solution for delivering network and storage solutions for Linux containers. Project 6 is software for deploying and managing Docker containers across a cluster of hosts, with a focus on simplifying on-premises environments. Datawise.io is making it easy to pack stateless and stateful applications onto the same environment by integrating Docker and Google’s Kubernetes with additional capabilities...

Corsa Introduces SDN Metering and QoS for Big Data


Corsa Technology, a start-up based in Ottawa, unveiled new SDN metering and QoS (Quality of Service) capability for its line of performance SDN hardware. Bandwidth reservation is seen as especially interesting for organizations running Big Data workloads. The traffic engineering function, which is based on OpenFlow 1.3, allows network architects to better manage bandwidth across their network with dynamic, policy-aware metering and QoS. Metering...

PLUMgrid Names Larry Lang as CEO


PLUMgrid, a start-up offering an Open Networking Suite (ONS) for clouds based on OpenStack, named Larry Lang as chief executive officer. Founder Awais Nemat has been appointed chairman of the board of directors. Lang has held executive positions including president and CEO of Quorum Labs, vice president and general manager of the mobile internet business unit at Cisco Systems, and vice president of product management at Ipsilon Networks, now part...

AppFormix Promises Better Orchestration of VMs and Docker Containers


AppFormix, a start-up based in San Jose, California emerged from stealth mode to unveil its platform for managing the physical infrastructure and orchestrating virtual machines and Docker containers by leverating OpenStack, Kubernetes and Mesos. The company said its goal is to create a fully optimized software-defined data center by bridging the gap between application requirements and the underlying resources. The AppFormix software solution provides...

Menlo Security Raises $25 million for Isolation Platform


Menlo Security emerged from stealth to unveil its Isolation Platform, a new technology that eliminates the threat of malware from key attack vectors, including Web and email. The solution does not use endpoint software. Instead, the Menlo Security Isolation Platform isolates and executes all Web content in the cloud and away from the endpoint. It uses patent-pending, clientless rendering technology, Adaptive Clientless Rendering (ACR), to deliver...

Avi Networks Integrates Cloud ADC with Cisco ACI


Avi Networks, a start-up based in Sunnyvale, California, has integrated its Cloud Application Delivery Controller with Cisco's Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI). Avi Networks, which was founded by key engineers behind Cisco's Nexus data center platforms, offers a software-only load balancer that adopts the same approach taken by large cloud service providers, such as Amazon, Facebook and Google, in that it runs entirely on x86.  The...

Cisco to Acquire Piston Cloud for OpenStack


Cisco agreed to acquire Piston Cloud Computing, a start-up based in San Francisco, for its enterprise OpenStack solutions. Financial terms were not disclosed. Piston Enterprise OpenStack is designed for building, scaling and managing a private Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud on bare-metal, converged commodity hardware.  Piston Cloud enables Cloud Foundry's Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offering to run on OpenStack. It also supports...

IBM Acquires Blue Box for OpenStack Cloud Migration


IBM has acquired Blue Box Group, a managed private cloud provider built on OpenStack. Financial terms were not disclosed. Blue Box, which is based in Seattle, provides a private cloud as a service platform designed to enable easier deployment of workloads across hybrid cloud environments. IBM said the acquisition reinforces its commitment to deliver flexible cloud computing models that make it easier for customers to move to data and applications...

AccelOps Builds Threat Intelligence into its Actionable Security Platform


AccelOps, a start-up based in Santa Clara, California, introduced threat intelligence capabilities for its integrated IT and operational visibility platform. The existing AccelOps virtual appliance software monitors security, performance and compliance in cloud and virtualized infrastructures on a single screen. It automatically discovers, analyzes and automates IT issues in machine and big data across organizations’ data centers and cloud resources,...

Hedvig Raises $18 Million for Distributed, Software-Defined Storage


Hedvig, a start-up based in Santa Clara, California, announced $18 million in Series B funding for its software-defined storage solution designed to bring "the power of Amazon and Facebook-like infrastructure to any enterprise data center.". Hedvig has developed a Distributed Storage Platform combines cloud and commodity infrastructure.  The system creates a virtualized pool that provisions storage with a few clicks, scales to petabytes and...

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