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Avi Networks Announces $60 Million in Series D Financing, Adds Cisco Investments as New Investor

Avi Networks, the leader in intent-based application services, today announced an investment from Cisco Investments along with DAG Ventures, Greylock Partners, Lightspeed Venture Partners, and Menlo Ventures for its oversubscribed $60 million round. This brings Avi's total funding to $115 million. Avi has tripled its bookings over the past year, with significant adoption by the Global 2000 and 20% of the Fortune 50.

Cisco resells the Avi Vantage Platform in markets around the world, and Avi closely integrates with Cisco ACI, Cisco's intent-based networking and automation solution for the data center.

"Modern applications are driving a new urgency with which enterprises are automating their networks and application delivery systems," said Amit Pandey, CEO of Avi Networks. "Cisco software and infrastructure are a cornerstone in this transformation. I am thrilled about this strategic investment from Cisco and our continued joint efforts to deliver the elasticity, intelligence, and multi-cloud capabilities that enterprises need."

"We are excited at the opportunity to invest in Avi Networks," said Rob Salvagno, Vice President, Corporate Development at Cisco. "We believe Avi Networks has built a disruptive platform for L4-L7 application services with a software-centric approach, enabling customers to scale network automation and application delivery across both private and public clouds."

Avi Networks is redefining the application delivery controller (ADC) market with its intent-based platform. The Avi Vantage Platform delivers automated application services with a Software Load Balancer, an Intelligent Web Application Firewall, and an Elastic Service Mesh for container-based applications. As businesses shift their operations to clouds such as Azure and AWS, Avi's intent-based software offers easier management, faster performance, greater elasticity, deeper analytics, and more powerful automation than legacy ADC vendors.

"Enterprises are deploying modern applications, which need advanced levels of automation to respond to changing demands and performance," said Murali Basavaiah, Co-founder and Vice President of Engineering at Avi Networks. "That's why Avi's value proposition resonates so strongly. You simply declare the outcome you want, and Avi does the rest. The Avi Vantage Platform offers automation, elasticity, and intelligence across all enterprise operations, wherever they need application services."

"The rise of cloud-native application environments and the growing enterprise embrace of multi-cloud have combined to create demand for application services, which are network and security services that address application availability, performance, security, and identity and access management. Application services can be viewed as the disaggregation of capabilities that were formerly integrated into hardware devices such as ADCs, but are now becoming software-defined, loosely coupled, and composable," said Brad Casemore, Research Vice President, Datacenter Networks at IDC. "With its automated, intent-based application services, Avi offers its customers cloud-like agility, flexibility, and elasticity that physical ADCs were not designed to provide."

Global 2000 enterprises are increasingly using Avi to complete the last mile in their digital transformation, replacing legacy load balancers, adopting public clouds, automating private clouds, and deploying microservices. Last year Avi tripled its customer list with new signings including Adobe and several of the world's largest banks.

Published Wednesday, June 06, 2018 8:15 AM by David Marshall
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