Thursday, December 20, 2012

Pluribus Raises $23M for Hardware Accelerated Network Virtualization

Pluribus Networks, a start-up based in Palo Alto, California, raised $23 million in series C funding for its hardware-accelerated network virtualization platform for private and public cloud data centers.

Pluribus provides a platform for fabric-based computing that enables applications to move into the network, and to serve both physical and virtual network infrastructure. The solution includes highly-optimized Server-Switch hardware along with a a programmable, distributed network operating system (Netvisor).  The goal is zero-touch provisioning of virtual machines and network services. Pluribus also provides an ability to store full data flows and sessions in each of its F64 Server-Switches. The company has said that across a fabric of F64 Server-Switches, tens of Gigabytes per second of real-time analytics can be captured and processed.

The new funding round was led by Menlo Ventures with the participation of existing investors New Enterprise Associates, Mohr Davidow Ventures, and others.

  • Pluribus Networks was founded in 2010.
  • The founders of Pluribus include Sunay Tripathi, previously a Senior Distinguished Engineer for Sun Microsystems and was the Chief Architect for Kernel/Network Virtualization in Core Solaris OS; Robert Drost, previously a Sr. Distinguished Engineer and Director of Advanced Hardware at Sun Microsystems; and C.K. Ken Yang, a Tenured Professor of EE at UCLA with a focus on high-performance communication.
  • In September, Pluribus announced a partnership with TIBCO Software Inc. to deliver TIBCO Enterprise Message Service Appliance and TIBCO FTL Message Switch.