Top Executive: Prem Jain, CEO
Pensando aims to help companies take on Amazon Web Services with a programmable data processing unit that transforms existing infrastructure into a “cloud-like” environment. The Milpitas, Calif.-based startup most recently announced that that Hewlett Packard Enterprise-owned Aruba Networks is using its DPU to power a first-of-its kind distributed services switch called the Aruba CX 1000. This news came two months after the startup announced it had raised nearly $35 million in new funding from Ericsson Ventures, Qualcomm Ventures, and Liberty Global Ventures to fuel 5G development. Pensando counts HPE, Dell, and VMware as its systems partners, and it has the backing of former Cisco CEO John Chambers, who is a co-founder and the chairman of the company’s board.