10 Hot Networking Startups In 2012


Cisco's Insiemi

HQ: Palo Alto, Calif.

When we're talking about Insiemi, what we're really talking about is Cisco, which has backed this mysterious SDN startup with $100 million so far and holds rights to acquire for an additional $750 million. Following months of rumors, Cisco at last provided information about Insiemi at the Cisco Partner Summit in April, including that the management team behind several of Cisco's successful "spin-in" companies -- Mario Mazzola, Prem Jain and Luca Cafiero -- is at Insiemi's helm.

"If there's any company that's going to reinvent networking, it will be Cisco," said Cisco CTO Padmasree Warrior in an April interview with CRN. "We want our partners to understand that Cisco is working on enabling all the capabilities needed for the network of the future."