6WIND Announces Investment, Support from Cisco

By Casey Houser

6WIND creates software for enterprises which handles all manner of networking and is proving an up-and-coming force in the wave of software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV). It recently announced that Cisco, a giant in the networking hardware manufacturing market, has invested an undeclared sum in its company as part of a push for $100 million total in investment of French businesses.

Cisco made its own announcement in Paris this past February that solidified the giant's intention to spread around the dough in France. A meeting this past week between Cisco CEO John Chambers, CEO Designate Chuck Robbins, and French President Francois Hollande was the latest effort to get the investment started with 6WIND.

Of course, 6WIND expressed its excitement to be part of this national outreach. Its own Eric Carnes, the CEO and founder of 6WIND, spoke about the worldwide switch to software-based networking and the goals for his company looking forward.

“We are proud to have Cisco, the largest networking company in the world, as an investor, which is a testament to the critical technology 6WIND provides to enable the transition to NFV and SDN,” Carmes said. “With this investment, we look forward to further advancing our technology innovation and world-wide growth to accelerate the networking and telecom industry transformation.”

6WIND indicated that it already has a strong presence in many parts of the globe including the Americas, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. Its software is able to address enterprises' needs regarding the mixing of hardware vendors and service providers by applying the same software to all use cases regardless of an enterprise's situation.

The company was able to demonstrate use of its Turbo IPsec and Virtual Accelerator software at the Mobile World Congress this year. It was noted that Turbo IPsec could save 80 percent of the costs of gigabit per second of IPsec throughput. It is able to reach 100 Gbps throughput and up to 200,000 IPsec tunnels on modern servers.

Edited by Dominick Sorrentino

Contributing Writer

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