10 Hot Networking Startups In 2012

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Embrane in December 2011 launched heleos, what the company described as "the first distributed software platform for powering on-demand elastic network services such as load balancers, firewalls, virtual private networks and WAN optimization." It's a compelling proposition -- the easier delivery of those types of network services using flexible software instead of cumbersome physical hardware -- and Embrane's target customers are CSPs and enterprises looking to build out cloud environments. The heleos launch served as Embrane's de facto coming out party, and it also launched Layer 4-7 network services covering load balancing and firewall/VPN, both running in heleos.


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