Networking Startup Plexxi Earns More VC Money With Flex Approach

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2012-06-29

Servers, storage, processors and the Internet itself have undergone rapid transformations during the last few years. Now networking -- long a bastion of standardivity, outside of increasing bandwidths -- is starting to see some innovation, led by some new players.

One of those is 30-person stealth startup Plexxi, which revealed June 29 that it has secured another $20.1 million in Series C funding from its current investors. This brings its VC funding to a total of just more than $48 million in less than a year's time; the company had raised a total of $28.38 million in July 2011 from three venture firms previously.

The investments come from Boston area-based North Bridge Partners and Matrix Partners and Silicon Valley-based Lightspeed Venture Partners.

Nashua, N.H.-based Plexxi has gained the faith of these VC people because it is a network platform that enables users to adapt their networks to changing business needs in real time. This takes into account not only flexibility in the available amount of bandwidth for a given spike or drop in network activity, but also when more or fewer security layers are needed per workload.

This is all able to be controlled in an intuitive user interface by line-of-business users, not necessarily IT specialists.

Plexxi began private beta tests on June 19 and has said that its software probably won€™t be generally available until the end of 2012 or in early 2013.

The company's founders are Dave Husak, formerly of Reva Systems, Ephraim Dobbins, formerly at Acme Packet, and Mat Mathews, previously with Arbor Networks.

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