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Thursday, September 16, 2021

GigaIO raises $14.7 million for its Universal Composable Fabric

GigaIO, a start-up based in San Diego, raised $14.7 million in Series B funding for its data center rack-scale architecture for artificial intelligence (AI) and high-performance computing (HPC) solutions.

GigaIO's Universal Composable Fabric, FabreX, orchestrates workloads by configuring any HPC and AI resource on the fly and integrating networking, storage, memory, and specialized accelerators into a single-system cluster fabric. 

Impact Venture Capital led the funding round, which was oversubscribed by 50% and included participation from Mark IV Capital, Lagomaj Capital, SK Hynix, and Four Palms Ventures.

“We have a tremendous technology and a development team with incredible expertise gained through years of working on some of the highest performing interconnects at companies such as Cray, Sun Microsystems, Cisco, Emulex, and QLogic,” said Alan Benjamin, President and CEO of GigaIO. “Today, by completing this funding round, we are better positioned to get the technology into the hands of more customers and channel partners and to increase traction among commercial and other customers.”

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Movandi raises $27M for mmWave routers/repeaters

Movandi, a start-up based in Irvine, California, raised $27 million in Series C funding for its 5G mmWave CPE.

5G mmWave solutions include 5G BeamXR active routers/repeaters and BeamX RF front-end for fixed wireless CPE, mobile devices, small cells, and Open Radio Access Networks (ORAN) radio units (RU). These products accelerate deployments across the complete 5G ecosystem from consumer and enterprise market segments, and applications from IoT, mobile, artificial Intelligence (AI), software defined networks and automotive. Not only enabling 5G infrastructure, but Movandi’s 5G mmWave system is to ensure that 5G mmWave technology can be broadly deployed in real-world scenarios by operators building the “interface of the internet.”

“We’re at an exciting inflection point in 5G mmWave operator deployments, we’re both scaling our active router platform and RF front-end deployments,” said Maryam Rofougaran, CEO and co-founder, Movandi. “We are working closely with 5G operators and system OEMs solving these 5G coverage challenges, by unlocking the true benefits of 5G that are only achieved with mmWave – that makes Movandi truly unique.”

The funding was led by WRVI Capital along with Cota Capital and DNX Ventures.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Paul Jacobs sets up a new company to pursue next-gen mobile

Paul Jacobs, the former CEO and executive chairman of Qualcomm, has founded a new company called XCOM to focus on next-generation mobile technologies.

Jacobs is joined in the effort by Derek Aberle, previously president of Qualcomm from March 2014 to January 2018, and Matt Grob, previously CTO of Qualcomm from 2011 to 2017.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

CALIENT acquired by Suzhou Chunxing Precision Mechanical Co.

Suzhou Chunxing Precision Mechanical Co., Ltd. has agreed to acquire a controlling stake in CALIENT Technologies, a supplier of optical switching solutions based on proprietary 3D microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) technology. Financial terms were not disclosed. CALIENT is based in Goleta, California (near Santa Barbara).

CALIENT’s S-Series Optical Circuit Switches are used in data center, compute cluster and communication service provider applications.

In a joint statement, Carvin Chen, EVP of Chunxing and Atiq Raza, CEO of CALIENT, said: “Chunxing and CALIENT share very similar management philosophies, cultures and values. This lays a very profound and solid foundation for our two companies to join together at a perfect time and with a perfect match to cope with the demands and challenges of keeping pace with a fast-growing new generation of optical switching technology. With our most cutting-edge optical switching technology, products and systems, and by exploring and leveraging both companies’ strengths and synergies, our common vision is to create a great world-leading company to explore, develop and deliver the most innovative optical switching value propositions and solutions to our most valuable customers and the market.”

The company will continue to operate from its Goleta, CA, headquarters under the CALIENT brand.

  • CALIENT’s enabling technology is a three-dimensional array of silicon micro mirrors that are used to switch up to 320 incoming fiber optic signals from any port to any output port.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Mushroom Networks Advances its SD-WAN with VNF Studio

Mushroom Networks introduced VNF (Virtual Network Function) Design Studio software, a curated library of modular, drag-and-drop components to help service providers and large enterprises build their software-defined WANS.  The software helps admin optimize their WAN and the performance of their cloud services for their organization’s specific needs and application traffic profile.

Mushroom Networks, which supplies a range of Broadband Bonding solutions, said its new VNF Design Studio, Mushroom Networks makes virtual network functions available on an "a la carte" basis. For example, a CIO can have a VNF that dynamically and automatically steers VOIP/SIP traffic around network problems caused by high latency, jitter and packet loss, and in parallel have another VNF to support cross-traffic and latency optimization for “chatty” applications.

“In the era of distributed computing and the software-defined data center, the bottleneck for cloud services at the enterprise branch office has become the WAN. And for organizations that are relying on mission-critical cloud services over a distributed geography, ensuring the performance of those services is paramount,” said Cahit Akin, founder and CEO of Mushroom Networks. “VNF Design Studio extends the programmability benefits of the software-defined data center all the way to the branch office. Our VNF Design Studio gives network admins even more flexibility and power by enabling them to very easily and quickly create custom WAN overlays specific to their own requirements.”

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Intel to Acquire Nervana for AI

Intel agreed to acquire Nervana Systems, a start-up based in San Diego, California, for their work in machine learning. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Nervana, which was founded in 2014, developed a software and hardware stack for deep learning.

Intel said the Nervana technology would help optimize the Intel Math Kernel Library and its integration into industry standard frameworks, advancing the deep learning performance and TCO of the Intel Xeon and Intel Xeon Phi processors.

Nervana is headed by Naveen Rao.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Juniper to Acquires Aurrion for Silicon Photonics

Juniper Networks agreed to acquire Aurrion, a start-up developing silicon-photonics technology. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Aurrion, which is based in Santa Barbara, California and was founded in 2008, has been working on technology to change how photonic transceivers can be packaged and integrated into systems. Its new approach to optics manufacturing could be used for systems in hyperscale data centers.

In a blog post, Juniper's Pradeep Sindhu writes "Aurrion’s breakthrough technology will result in fundamental and permanent improvements in cost per bit-per-second, power per bit-per-second, bandwidth density, and flexibility of networking systems."

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Levyx Raises $5.4 Million for Big Data Store

Levyx, a start-up based in Irvine, California, announced $5.4 million in Series-A funding for its high-performance processing technology for reducing infrastructure costs associated with big-data applications.

The funding was led by Chicago-based OCA Ventures. Additional investors include Amino Capital (a.k.a. zPark Capital) and Sumavision USA Corporation, as well as individual investors.

Levyx said its "Helium" data engine is built for the modern "open-platform" commodity-hardware datacenter.  "Helium is an ultra-low latency datastore that can process tens of millions of queries per second on a single computing node. By leveraging Helium and its core expertise system software and SSD/NVM technology, Levyx enables its customers to achieve in-memory computing performance at a fraction of the normal cost by using Flash-SSDs (versus much more expensive DRAM) and running on commodity hardware. Levyx’s patent-pending Input/Output software and indexing algorithms take advantage of multicore architectures and flash memory and is also designed to optimize emerging NVM technologies."

“We have seen a huge amount of innovation in the software and storage hardware associated with big-data applications, but there are big inefficiencies because the two sides have been walled off from one another,” CEO and Founder Reza Sadri said. “By fixing this disconnect with a fundamentally new software stack, we pave the way for real-time processing of big-data workloads for the masses. The support and guidance of investors like OCA Ventures, Amino Capital and Sumavision will help us in our quest to make big-data applications dramatically more affordable for everyone.”

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Molex Acquires Interconnect Systems

Molex has acquired Interconnect Systems, which specializes in the design and manufacture of high density silicon packaging with advanced interconnect technologies.

Interconnect Systems, which is based in Camarillo, California, delivers advanced packaging and interconnect solutions to top-tier OEMs in a wide range of industries and technology markets, including aerospace & defense, industrial, data storage and networking, telecom, and high performance computing.

Molex said the acquisition enables it to offer a wider range of fully integrated solutions to customers worldwide.

“We are thrilled to join forces with Molex. By combining respective strengths and leveraging their global manufacturing footprint, we can more efficiently and effectively provide customers with advanced technology platforms and top-notch support services, while scaling up to higher volume production,” said Bill Miller, president, ISI.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

SecureAuth Secures $10 million for Adaptive Access Control

SecureAuth, a start-up based in Irvine, California, closed $10 million in follow-on equity financing for its adaptive access control solutions.

SecureAuth said it achieved 70% year over year growth in 2015, which marks seven consecutive years of successive, high-double digit growth. The company has from its two-factor authentication and single-sign on (SSO) roots to its role as an adaptive authentication leader. SecureAuth IdP is currently protecting over five million users worldwide.

To date, SecureAuth has raised $40 million in equity financing.

“The trend as of late is to raise as much money as possible, with an end goal being focused more on going public than to serve customers well,” said Craig Lund, SecureAuth CEO. “We’ve gone in a contrarian direction to focus on serving the customer well as our primary focus. We do not try to boil the ocean in solving all security problems, but focus on the most critical, helping our customers determine identity with confidence. This strategy may not be a $200 million series round, but we’re here for the marathon – not the sprint. We’re not looking to be the next Good Technology.”

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Radian Emerges from Stealth with Optimization for Data Center SSDs

Radian Memory Systems, a start-up based in Calabasas, California, unveiled its "Symphonic" software for optimizing flash storage in data centers.

The company said its technology utilizes conventional SSD hardware to deliver 80% improvements in I/O performance and 10x improvements in critical latency metrics, while at the same time significantly reducing hardware acquisition costs and extending usable product life. The idea is to abstract lower level Flash attributes while enabling the host system software to perform what the company calls Cooperative Flash Management (CFM). Radian’s Symphonic technology is a combination of SSD firmware, host libraries, and an API that replace the Flash‐Translation‐Layer (FTL) traditionally found on SSDs.

Along with the Symphonic software technology, Radian Memory Systems is introducing a line of purpose‐built SSDs for the data center. Beginning with the RMS‐250, a 2.5” NVMe 2TB SSD, each Radian SSD includes the Symphonic firmware and respective host‐based libraries to enable Cooperative Flash Management.

“The biggest barriers to extending Flash penetration in data centers are cost, unpredictable latency spikes, and wear out. At Radian we took a unique approach that addresses each of these challenges at the system level, where applications and data centers can realize the advantages,” said Mike Jadon, Radian’s CEO and co‐founder.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Facebook Acquires Quickfire Networks for Video

Facebook has acquired QuickFire Networks, a start-up based in San Diego that specializes in video encoding technologies. Financial terms were not disclosed.

QuickFire developed a 1-RU, Intel-based appliance for processing and transcoding video.

Facebook noted that it now has over one billion video views on average every day.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Cox Launches its First Gigabit Home Service in SoCal

Cox Communications has launched its first 1 gigabit residential Internet service at the new Park Place Apartment Homes in Irvine, California.

Cox is the first in Southern California with residential Internet service.

Earlier this year, Cox Communications announced that it would bring 1 gigabit speeds to residential customers in all of its markets by the end of 2016. The company has been deploying gigabit speeds to businesses for more than 10 years, and launched gigabit speeds to residential customers in Phoenix in October.

“Cox already offers the fastest residential Internet in Orange County, and with the launch at Park Place Apartment Homes, we’re the first provider in Southern California to offer 1 gigabit speeds to residential customers,” said Dave Bialis, Senior Vice President and Region Manager for Cox Communications in California. “As technology continues to advance and change how consumers use broadband, Cox will be well positioned to serve our customers in the future.”

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

PacketSled Announces Cloud-based Threat Detection

PacketSled, a start-up based in San Diego, introduced its cloud-based threat detection and response platform as a service -- PacketSled Cloud. The service lets enterprises continuously monitor their networks for evolving threats, detect attacks, and investigate them in real-time.

PacketSled said it deeply examines layers 3-7 of every session on the network in real time, determining the "who, what, when, where, and how" of each session it sees, and securely storing these sessions over days, weeks, months, or years, making a rich forensic history instantly accessible.

"As a society, we've moved from shock that another brand name has been breached to the position of uncomfortable normalcy. CEOs, CISOs, and boards are now being judged on the quality and speed of their response, in addition to the conditions that led to the incident," said Matt Harrigan, PacketSled's President & CEO.

"To date, the tools available to the enterprise have not been usable, scalable or cost-effective enough to get the widespread adoption that will positively impact global cybercrime statistics. Our goal is to make easily consumable breach detection, network forensics, and incident response capabilities  available to everyone," Harrigan added.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Cisco to Acquire Metacloud for OpenStack-as-a-Service

Cisco plans to acquire Metacloud, a start-up with a unique OpenStack-as-a-Service model that delivers and remotely operates production-ready private clouds in a customer’s data center. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Metacloud, which is based in Pasadena, California, uses its software management platform to deploy and operate private clouds for global organizations. Metacloud OpenStack delivers a full public cloud experience, but in a private environment that could be the client's owndata center, a colocation facility, or one of the Metacloud hosting facilities. Remote dashboard capabilities are included.

Cisco said Metacloud’s OpenStack-based cloud platform will accelerate its own strategy to build the world's largest global Intercloud, a network of clouds, together with key partners to address customer requirements for a globally distributed, highly secure cloud platform capable of meeting the robust demands of the Internet of Everything.  Cisco's Cloud Services architecture also uses OpenStack open source software for building private and public clouds.

“Cloud computing has dramatically changed the IT landscape. To enable greater business agility and lower costs, organizations are shifting from an on-premise IT structure to hybrid IT – a mix of private cloud, public cloud, and on-premise applications,” said Hilton Romanski, senior vice president, Cisco Corporate Development. “The resulting silos present a challenge to IT administrators, as choice, visibility, data sovereignty and protection in this world of many clouds requires an open platform. We believe Metacloud’s technology will play a critical role in enabling our customers to experience a seamless journey to a new world of many clouds, providing choice, flexibility, and data governance.”

Upon completion of the acquisition, Metacloud employees will join Cisco’s Cloud Infrastructure and Managed Services organization led by Faiyaz Shahpurwala, senior vice president.

  • Metacloud was founded by Sean Lynch (previously Sr. Vice President of Technology Operations at Ticketmaster Entertainment) and Steve Curry (who previously managed global storage operations at Yahoo!).

  • In March 2014, Cisco announced plans to build "the world’s largest global Intercloud" – a network of clouds – together with a set of partners.  The idea is to leverage a distributed network and security architecture designed for high-value application workloads, real-time analytics, “near infinite” scalability and full compliance with local data sovereignty laws. Cisco's open Intercloud promises APIs for rapid application development and a new enterprise-class portfolio of cloud IT services for businesses, service providers and resellers. It will support OpenStack and multiple hypervisors. It will also leverage Cisco's recently announced Application Centric Infrastructure. Cisco plans to invest over $1 billion to build its expanded cloud business over the next two years following a "partner-centric" business model.  The Cisco Intercloud will be hosted across a global network of Cisco data centers and partner data centers. It will offer value-added application- and network-centric cloud services to accelerate the Internet of Everything.

  • In May 2014, Cisco announced partnerships with Dimension Data (part of NTT, Sungard Availability Services and Telstra to extend its vision of the Intercloud.  The partners will align their public cloud infrastructure to the Cisco Cloud architecture and deliver Cisco Cloud services to customers and resellers. Cisco's open Intercloud allows local hosting and local provider options that enable data sovereignty. The hybrid cloud capabilities that differentiate the Cisco Cloud are built upon the Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) and Cisco Intercloud Fabric technologies.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

HP Acquires Eucalyptus to Accelerate Hybrid Cloud Adoption

HP agreed to acquire Eucalyptus, a developer of open source software for building private and hybrid enterprise clouds. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Eucalyptus, which is based in Goleta, California, offers open source software for building private clouds that are compatible with AWS APIs.

Eucalyptus Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Marten Mickos, will join HP as senior vice president and general manager of the Cloud business, reporting to Meg Whitman, chairman, president and chief executive officer of HP. In this role, Mickos will lead the HP Cloud organization in building out the HP Helion portfolio, based on OpenStack technology. Prior to Eucalyptus, Mickos was CEO of MySQL, which he grew from a garage start-up to the company providing the second most widely used open source software in the world.

“The addition of Marten to HP’s world-class Cloud leadership team will strengthen and accelerate the strategy we’ve had in place for more than three years, which is to help businesses build, consume and manage open source hybrid clouds,” said Whitman.

“Eucalyptus and HP share a common vision for the future of cloud in the enterprise,” said Mickos. “Enterprises are demanding open source cloud solutions, and I’m thrilled to have this opportunity to grow the HP Helion portfolio and lead a world-class business that delivers private, hybrid, managed and public clouds to enterprise customers worldwide.”

Martin Fink, who currently leads HP’s Cloud business, will remain in his roles as chief technology officer of HP and director of HP Labs, where he will focus on innovation and creating groundbreaking solutions like The Machine. Fink will also continue to lead HP’s Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) business.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Vubiq Builds 60GHz Millimeter Wave Systems with Vitesse

Vubiq Networks is using Vitesse Semiconductor's CEServices software, Serval-Lite VSC7416 Carrier Ethernet switch engine, and VSC8574 Gigabit Ethernet PHY for its latest generation 60GHz millimeter wave wireless system targeted at wireless fiber extension and 4G / LTE backhaul applications.

Vubiq (rhymes with "cubic"), which is a privately company based in Irvine, California, has developed a proprietary high-bandwidth, wireless link solution to enable gigabit speed transport and backhaul support with integration of full layer-2 networking capabilities, including software defined networking.

“Easy service provisioning and management are critical for carriers. To support this, mobile networks require far more intelligence at the network edge to handle the bandwidth-hungry applications that consumers routinely demand,” said Larry O’Connell, product marketing director at Vitesse. “Vitesse’s Service-Aware Architecture, or ViSAA™, integrates that intelligence into access and edge network equipment, enabling MEF CE 2.0-compliant solutions that readily support wireless network demands.”

Friday, December 6, 2013

Nextivity Enhances its Small Cell Signal Boosters with New Processor

Nextivity, a start-up based in San Diego, introduced "ARES", its third generation Cel-Fi Baseband Processor for the indoor wireless coverage market.

ARES is a multi-core RISC processor that will power the next generation of Nextivity’s flagship digital Cel-Fi Smart Signal Boosters. The new processor adds support for LTE devices on LTE networks to deliver optimal indoor signal quality.

Nextivity said its ARES processor also increases the amount of bandwidth operators can boost, giving mobile operators the flexibility to meet the varying needs of both consumer and enterprise customers. The built-in intelligence of the ARES processor also enables automatic configuration for HSPA and LTE networks.

Additional features and functionalities include:

  • Multi-tap, ultra-fast adapting frequency-domain Echo Cancellation – ARES is designed to cope with highly dynamic LTE signaling environments.
  • Signal equalization – Complex, software programmable equalization filters allow for optimization of signal quality under varying radio conditions.
  • Ultra-fast gain control – Dedicated RISC processors enable ultra-fast gain adjustment to help ensure unconditional, network-safe operations.
  • Self-Organizing Networking (SON) capability – A dedicated RISC processor can implement various self-organizing algorithms to support no-touch, plug-and-play operation under any network deployment conditions. Additionally, the SON capability allows for Nextivity’s booster range to be seamlessly deployed as part of larger deployments of small cell networks.
  • 6 RISC cores; double the transistors – ARES's Digital Signal Processors (DSPs) deliver the equivalent performance of 250 Giga multiply–accumulate (MAC) operations per second, 4 times more than its previous generation.
  • Relays up to four 20MHz Cellular RF bands – ARES now supports and automatically configures for any combination of WCDMA, HSPA+ and LTE carriers to deliver optimal indoor signal quality.

“The continuing shift away from landlines to mobile-only homes and offices, coupled with the rise in bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies among businesses, and the burgeoning Internet of Things (IoT) market, makes it even more imperative to have strong and reliable indoor cellular coverage”, says Werner Sievers, President and CEO of Nextivity Inc. “With double the transistors of its predecessor, our third generation processor provides the intelligence, flexibility, and power to handle this growing demand from enterprises and consumers while being fully transparent to, and integrated with, mobile operators’ networks.”

Thursday, October 10, 2013

GreenWave Reality Raises $19 Million for Home2Cloud Platform

GreenWave Reality, a start-up based in Irvine, California, raised $19 million in Series B funding to accelerate the rollout of its Home2Cloud platform through its global partners and scale up the company's operations.

GreenWave's Home2Cloud platform allows consumers to connect and manage all of their "things" that are or will be connected to the Internet such as smartphones, TVs, routers and smart appliances enabling them to access rich cloud based applications and services.  GreenWave is working with service providers and utility companies to enable an optimized in-home consumer experience delivering personalized information and entertainment, enhanced comfort and savings with leading cloud-based services.

The new funding was led by The Westly Group including follow-on investment from Craton Equity Partners. The company has raised  $31 million to date.

"Today's consumers are overwhelmed with technology. Therefore, they want easy-to-use products that help them live smarter, healthier and more efficient lives," said Greg Memo, CEO of GreenWave Reality.  "Our Home2Cloud platform securely and intelligently connects these smart devices to the Internet, unlocking new applications that will greatly enhance consumers' lives so they will better benefit from all the technology around them.  Securing this new funding, and gaining the experience of Steve Westly on the GreenWave board, will allow us to accelerate our rollouts with service provider and utility partners who are deploying innovative products and services based on our Home2Cloud platform."

Monday, September 9, 2013

CrowdStrike Raises $30 Million for Security Driven by Big Data Analytics

CrowdStrike, a start-up based in Irvine, California, has raised $30 million in Series B financing for it ssecurity technologies and services focused on identifying advanced threats and targeted attacks.

CrowdStrike's cloud-based next-generation threat protection platform leverages execution profiling and predictive security analytics. The company said the fusion of big data and security intelligence allows companies to not only proactively respond to advanced threats, but also to hunt, query, and gain insight into all activity across the enterprise. CrowdStrike's Global Intelligence Team currently tracks 40+ actors around the world, including state-sponsored adversaries originating from China, Russia, Iran, North Korea, Pakistan, and India; and infuses this intelligence in its technology solutions.

The company recently introduced the CrowdStrike Falcon Platform which enables enterprises to identify unknown malware, detect zero-day threats, pinpoint advanced adversaries and attribution, and prevent damage from targeted attacks in real-time. The core of the Falcon Platform is a global network of host-based detection sensors driven by world-class cyber threat intelligence to provide rapid/instantaneous detection and prevention capabilities to enterprises and governments worldwide.

The new funding was led by Accel Partners and included founding investor Warburg Pincus.

  • CrowdStrike was co-founded in 2011 by George Kurtz, former founder and CEO of Foundstone and Worldwide CTO and GM at McAfee / Intel, Dmitri Alperovitch, former VP Threat Research at McAfee / Intel, and Gregg Marston, former CFO at Networks in Motion. Gerhard Watzinger, CEO of iGATE and former EVP of Corporate Strategy at McAfee, is Chairman of the Board.