Sunday, June 5, 2011

Infineta Tackles Hyper-scale Data Center to Data Center Traffic

Infineta Systems, a start-up based in San Jose, California, has begun shipping its Data Mobility Switch (DMS) designed for optimizing and accelerating "Hyper-Scale" WAN links, such as data center to data center high-bandwidth connections.

Unlike existing WAN optimization platforms, Infineta has developed a customized "Velocity Dedupe Engine" in programmable logic (FPGAs), providing high throughput while incurring extremely low latencies and maintaining very high data reduction efficiency. The company measures a 5-10x bandwidth capacity gains, IP traffic acceleration, and critical application prioritization and assurance over multi-gigabit WAN links. This would mean a 1 Gbps link would perform like a 5 Gbps link, thanks to the data de-dupe and the other acceleration techniques. The DMS can be configured to guarantee minimum data rates for individual classes of service, enabling customers to carve out "protected circuits" for their bandwidth intensive, latency sensitive applications over their existing WAN links. Similarly, an OC12 (622Mbps) circuit can be turned into a 3 Gbps link, and an OC48 (2.54Gbps) circuit into a 10Gbps link.

Whereas branch WAN optimization tackles the ‘north/south' traffic between data centers and remote offices, Infineta said its platform scales for the "east/west" between clouds in geographically divergent locations. The DMS switch accepts inputs up to 10 Gbps. The box is initially configured for lower speed inputs (2 Gbps), but the full performance can be unlocked via license upgrades.

"Both emerging and established companies are evolving their network infrastructures as part of the transition over to a cloud era so that they can tap into the significant cost and performance benefits afforded by resource pooling, network convergence, and the simplification of IT services," states Raj Kanaya, co-founder/CEO, Infineta Systems. "The premium in the next decade of IT will be the simplified and accelerated movement of massive amounts of data that underpins scale-out big data processing (compute), cross-site virtualization (server), and large volume data replication (storage). Infineta's DMS makes this critical traffic move faster for significantly less cost."

Separately, Infineta announced $15 million in a Series B funding round. The new funding came from Silicon Valley-based Rembrandt Venture Partners, with participation from existing investors, Alloy Ventures and North Bridge Venture Partners. This brings Infineta's total to-date funding to $30 million.

  • Infineta was co-founded by Raj Kanaya (CEO) and Dr. K.V.S. Ramarao (CTO). Kanaya previously was VP of product strategy and alliances for the Application Networking Group at Citrix Systems. He joined Citrix though its acquisition of NetScaler where he served as VP of product management. Dr. Ramarao previously served as Chief Platform Architect for the Application Oriented Networking BU at Cisco Systems. Before that, he was founder and CTO of both Conformative Systems (acquired by Intel) and Sariga Networks.