The former engineers of the American equipment manufacturer Cisco should be talked about. A handful of them have, in fact, developed a new start-up called PlumGrid.
The young growth is part of the new Software-Defined Networking (SDN) market which should completely disrupt the way companies build their networks. It is, in fact, a new paradigm of network architecture where the control plane is detached from the data plane. Enough to offer companies, more and more followers of cloud computing, much more flexibility at more attractive costs. This concept proposes, in fact, to disregard network equipment and to direct it from an API and a communication protocol.
PlumGrid has already raised $ 11 million (8.5 million euros) from Hummer Winblad Venture Partners and US Venture Partners and should do well thanks to the many partnerships already forged. Among them: A10 Networks, Arista Networks, Broadcom, Check Point Software, Citrix, or even F5 Networks and Palo Alto Networks to name a few.
According to recent estimates by IDC, the Software-Defined Networking market should weigh $ 4 billion (€ 3.1 billion) by 2016.