HQ: Milpitas, Calif.
CEO: Ajit Gupta
New Funding: $25 million
Backers: InterWest Partners, Presidio Ventures, Nexus Venture Partners, Trinity Ventures, Mohr Davidow Ventures
Founded in 2008, Aryaka has built buzz in the emerging market around WAN optimization-as-a-service -- a cloud-based alternative to WAN optimization appliances. The company opened up its services offerings to channel partners a year ago and has continued to grow, now claiming 500+ customer sites on six continents, 1 billion connections for 100,000 business users in 20 countries and the ability to provide less-than-20-millisecond latency for network traffic to 90 percent of business users.