Avni Unveils Software Defined Cloud 2.0

By Paula Bernier April 23, 2015

Avni, a Silicon Valley startup that has two Cisco veterans at its helm, yesterday officially took the wraps off release 2.0 of its Software Defined Cloud, which is already in use by global companies in the financial services, media, and retail verticals.

The Avni technology enables IT to quickly deploy apps to the cloud, manage those apps, and move apps to and from public, private and hybrid clouds in minutes. The idea is both to accelerate the deployment of applications and network services on any cloud, and to eliminate vendor lock in.

"Avni is the most exciting company in the software defined space," said Bill Coleman, partner of Avni investor Alsop Louie Partners, and founder of BEA Systems. "In solving the toughest challenges around moving applications to the cloud, they have also solved the growing security problem by running their security model at the network level, Layer 4, across any enterprise servers or containers. Avni's technology will help make cloud computing the utility that we have all anticipated."

The company has financial backing from 15 technology entrepreneurs.

“Avni is entering a multi-billion-dollar market ripe with opportunity by tackling some of the toughest issues traditionally preventing CIOs and IT operations teams from establishing a scalable and economic cloud strategy,” said Dan Scheinman, angel investor. “Avni bridges the gap between enterprise apps and advanced IaaS platforms, by using Software Defined principles to seamlessly apply multiple services (which are actually mini applications), such as security, scalability, and dynamic realignment in a way that is unequalled by any other approach.”

Avini is lead by CEO Rohini Kasturi and his co-founder Ravi Nuguru, both of whom have backgrounds with Cisco Systems and Juniper Networks. The Avni technology, which is available now as an on-premises solution, is in use with a variety of clients, including Barnes & Noble, Hughes Network Systems, Saba, and Sterling Backcheck.

Edited by Dominick Sorrentino

Executive Editor, TMC

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