Friday, August 23, 2013

Netsocket Appoints Fletcher Hamilton as CEO

Netsocket named Fletcher Hamilton as its new president and CEO, replacing John White, who for the last 2 years led the company’s transformation into a key and innovative technology provider within the SDN market space.

Fletcher Hamilton joined Netsocket last year from Acme Packet, where he was vice president of enterprise and government sales and a founding member of the enterprise sales team.

Netsocket has also appointed Tricia Hosek as chief operating officer. She joined Netsocket in early 2012 following a series of high growth and profitability achievements spanning early stage start-ups through multi-billion dollar operations, most recently with Enfora as chief operating officer and Tekelec as President/GM of the Switching Solutions group.

In July, Netsocket, a start-up based in Plano, Texas, unveiled its flagship Netsocket Virtual Network (NVN) product suite for bringing SDN-based orchestration and automation capabilities to enterprise infrastructure based commodity x86 servers.

Netsocket has developed a three-tier SDN architecture for interoperability and integration with legacy routed networks as well as higher level management systems such as Microsoft System Center.  The NetSocketdesign uses a vFlow controller with routing, firewall, and VPN capabilities built-in.

The Netsocket Virtual Network (NVN) product suite consists of software for x86 virtual server platforms.  Key components include:
  • vFlowController -- an SDN controller with intrinsic vRouter, vTunnel and vFirewall components.
  • vNetCommander -- a centralized management system for NVN that handles automated installation, provisioning and orchestration of the network.
  • vNetOptimizer -- a next generation virtualized version of Netsocket’s Cloud Experience Manager service assurance product, and will provide for real-time network service analytics, automation and optimization of the network.

  • In April, Netsocket raised $9.2 million in Series B funding for expansion of it network assurance expertise into SDN. The funding round was led by new investor Venture Investors, with participation by existing investors Sevin Rosen Funds, Silver Creek Ventures and Trail Blazer Capital.
  • Netsocket was founded in 2007.  Its team includes key players from Chiaro Networks, a Richardson, Texas-based start-up that developed a high-capacity core router for the service provider market.