Plexxi CEO: Future of Networking Tech Has ArrivedDecember 06, 2012
Boston Business Journal
by Kyle Alspach
Plexxi, a software-defined networking technology firm with offices in Cambridge and Nashua, N.H., this week commercially launched its first products — which aim to serve as "the stepping off point to the next era" of networking, founder and CEO Dave Husak said in an interview.
Founded in early 2011, the company has raised $48.48 million in venture capital to date, from Matrix Partners and North Bridge Venture Partners.
The company's products have been installed with pilot customers since September, and thus "they are known to work," Husak said. Customers disclosed so far are CloudSigma and NextCloud.
Plexxi says its products — a combination of software and hardware — allow for networking within data centers that doesn't rely solely on switching. The firm dubs its approach "affinity" networking, in which networking capacity is directed in real-time by application requirements.
The products aim to build a network that is truly defined by software, rather than by where the wires are located, Husak said. The end result is lower cost, power consumption and latency, he said.
"There's an inflection point under way," Husak said. "And the shape of that new world looks an awful lot like the first products we're bringing to market today."
Plexxi employs 56 in total, and expects to expand to a staff of 90 by the end of 2013, he said. Plans for next year include opening an office in San Francisco, Husak said.
The firm doesn't expect to raise funding next year, he noted. "We are in a very very comfortable capital position," Husak said.