CEO: Dante Malagrino
Embrane, founded in 2009, is one of many SDN-focused startups to sprout up over the past few years. But the Santa Clara, Calif.-based company has managed to stand out by taking the core concepts of SDN and applying them beyond the Layer 2 and Layer 3 networking functions being targeted by the bulk of its rivals.
Embrane achieves this through Heleos, its distributed software platform that moves the programmable networking attributes promoted by most SDN vendors into Layers 4-7 of the network, offering functions such as load balancing and VPN.
In 2013, Embrane announced the latest version of its flagship platform -- Heleos 2.2 -- and also signed on system integration giant World Wide Technology, the first of what it said will be many steps it plans to take to foster its North American channel.