Established players may rule the networking roost, but solution providers should watch for smaller companies likely to set the pace of innovation in SDN and network virtualization.
Anunta Networks created an orchestration system that employs REST APIs to manage multiple networks via a single controller. The company worked with Logicalis and Hewlett Packard Enterprise to develop a proof-of-concept for the telecommunications industry. Chandra Manubothu, director of sales engineering, is managing channel programs for the company, which was founded in 2010.
Founded in 2014, Apstra is building a distributed network operating system that runs across multiple platforms. The company is currently developing channel programs. CEO Mansour Karam is overseeing this initiative.
Big Switch Networks, a builder of an SDN platform for open networking platforms, recently named Mike Hoffman vice president of worldwide sales and chief revenue officer. Matthew Russois is head of global strategic alliances and channel sales for the company, which was founded in 2010.
Cumulus Networks developed a network operating system capable of being deployed on multiple open switches. The company recently appointed Ron DiBiase vice president of sales. Sudeep Goswami, vice president of international sales, heads channel programs for the company, which was founded in 2010.
Founded 2007, Glue Networks developed a network orchestration platform that runs across multiple platforms. The company recently made its Dynamic Network Development Kit available to third-party network engineers. Alan Grahame, vice president of sales, is in charge of the company’s channel efforts.
Founded in 2010, Midokura developed a layer of network virtualization software spanning multiple platforms. The company has partnered with Mirantis and received OpenStack certification from Red Hat. Ashish Mukharji, director of business development, runs the company’ channel program.
Founded in 2003, Netronome developed network adapter cards to offload processing of networking software. The company added Broadband, Colfax International and DSCon to its partner network. Ken Way, senior vice president of worldwide sales, heads up the company’s channel program.
Pica8, founded in 2009, developed SDN software for white-box switches. The company has a partnership with Hewett Packard Enterprise under which Pica8’s SDN software is available in HPE’s app store. Niraj Jain, vice president of business development, oversees Pica8’s channel programs.
Plexxi combines software and hardware to create SDN optimized for application software. The company has partnered with Aligned Data Centers to drive a pay-for-use consumption model. Tim Lieto, senior vice president of sales and support, heads the channel program for the company, which was founded in 2010.
PLUMgrid Networks provides SDN software capable of spanning multiple platforms. The company has achieved certification on both Mirantis and Red Hat OpenStack platforms. Kash Iftikhar, vice president of sales and business development, heads the channel program for the company, which was founded in 2011.
Founded in 2010, Pluribus Networks develops SDN and network performance monitoring software. The company recently named Todd Dalton head of channels and has expanded into a larger number of global markets.
Tempered Networks, whose mission is to build new networking architecture based on Host Identity Protocol (HIP), forged a partnership earlier this year with Rockwell to drive deployments. CEO Jeff Hussey is managing the channel program for the company, which was founded in 2014.