Ten Bleeding-Edge Open Source Companies: Page 4

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4. Vyatta

Location: San Mateo, CA

Founded: 2005

Product or Service: Vyatta’s infrastructure software allows customers to deploy an enterprise-class router on x86 hardware platforms. Vyatta plans to deliver pre-loaded appliances as well. The first such product, an open-source router, was released in October 2006.

Vyatta’s software is based on the Extensible Open Router Platform (XORP) from The International Computer Science Institute (ICSI). It includes the typical range of features – support for common network interfaces, inclusion of standard routing and management protocols, and configuration via command-line interface or web-based GUI. Besides its routing capabilities, the appliance also includes firewall and VPN features.

The company intends to profit through subscriptions packages providing ongoing updates and support, as well as by delivering a range of ready-to-deploy appliances. The appliances are currently built on Dell PowerEdge 860 servers.

Funding: Backed by $18.5 million raised in two round of funding. Comcast Interactive Capital led the second round and was joined by all previous investors – JPMorgan Partners, ComVentures, and ArrowPath Venture Partners.

Competitive Landscape: Cisco, Cisco, Cisco. Competing here is foolish, brazen, or gutsy-smart. If Vyatta can carve a niche, they’re doing something right. Besides Cisco, the other major players in this space are 3Com and Juniper.

As is typical with open-source offerings, the company trumpets cost savings, flexibility and the avoidance of vendor lock-in. Since so many networking features are converging at the appliance level these days, Vyatta can make a pretty good argument for open-source being a better path for convergence and interoperability than the proprietary status quo.

Management Team: Kelly Herrell, CEO, was the SVP of strategic operations at MontaVista Software before joining Vyatta; Michael Fox, VP of customer services and operations, was formerly VP of business development and consulting engineering at Atrica; Robert Bays, CTO, previously served as CTO at InfiniRoute Networks; Tom Grennan, VP of engineering, joined Vyatta from Cisco, where he was director of mid-range platform software development; Keith Hartley, VP of alliances and partners, previously worked on partnering strategies for several companies, including Red Hat, SuSE, Phoenix Technologies, and IBM; Anatoly Kaplan, VP of engineering operations, was formerly VP of application development for IntelliRisk; Dave Roberts, VP of strategy and marketing, was formerly CTO and VP of strategy at Inkra networks.

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