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Aviatrix Set to Advance Multi-Cloud Networking Vision

Aviatrix raises $40 million in a Series C round of funding as the networking vendor looks to expand its multi-cloud capabilities.

 By Sean Michael Kerner | Posted Oct 29, 2019
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Setting up secure networking in the cloud-native world is often a complicated task. It's a challenge that Aviatrix has been working on since 2014 and is now set to accelerate.

Aviatrix announced on Oct. 28 that it has raised $40 million in a Series C, led by CRV and including the participation of Formation 8, Ignition Partners and Liberty Global Ventures. Total funding to date for Aviatrix now stands at $76 million.

"The basic constructs of AWS and the other public clouds do not give enterprises the toolset required to accomplish this, and it is causing a great deal of pain for IT moving to the cloud," Steve Mullaney, CEO at Aviatrix, wrote in a statement. "Aviatrix gives enterprise IT an architecture to provide a common set of networking, security and operational services across one or more public clouds."

Mullaney added that Aviatrix has seen demand from large companies and the new funding round will help the company to grow more quickly.

The Aviatrix product portfolio includes network and security services for cloud environments. Among the offering is the Aviatrix Controller, which is a service for automating AWS transit networking. Aviatrix Gateway capabilities go a step further to help enable multi-cloud transit capabilities.

In September, Aviatrix expanded its portfolio to support Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) in addition to Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure.

"We are seeing a large demand from enterprise partners looking to expand or move their businesses intellectual property from datacenters, to our cloud, and into single or multi-cloud platforms," Tom Liakos Enterprise Cloud Architect at Oracle Cloud Infrastructure stated. "Corporate IT, traditional network, and cloud network operations require a technology like Aviatrix to securely overlay one-to-many cloud networks."

Security is also a core focus and area of growth for Aviatrix, with its Aviatrix Firewall Network Service. In June, the company announced that the firewall service could be used to deploy Palo Alto Networks VM-Series firewalls with the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Transit Gateway.

"As more enterprises move mission-critical applications to the public cloud, security and compliance often require inline firewall services, like our Palo Alto Networks VM-Series," stated Adam Geller, Senior Vice President, Cloud Product and Engineering at Palo Alto Networks. "Aviatrix services extend native network constructs to allow VM-Series customers to maximize both performance and scale, while greatly simplifying their enterprise cloud deployments."

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

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