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VMware-Avi Networks Deal: 5 Important Things You Need To Know

Avi Networks’ ties to Cisco and VMware’s Virtual Cloud Network plans are just a few of the things you need to know about the VMware-Avi Networks deal.

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Avi Has Close Ties With Cisco

Not only was Avi Networks founded by former Cisco executives, but the startup has been a strategic partner for Cisco since 2016. The two companies created a strategic reseller agreement in 2017 where the Avi Vantage Platform became available for Cisco partners to sell. The Avi software license SKUs became available as an annual or three-year subscription from Cisco while also being available as a joint solution with Cisco’s CSP NFV platform.

In June 2018, Avi raised $60 million in series D funding, which included an investment from Cisco. San Jose, Calif.-based network giant Cisco allows its channel partners to resell Avi’s platform around the world. Avi’s load balancing, web application, firewall and network analytics software integrates closely with Cisco’s application centric infrastructure (ACI), which is the company’s flagship software-defined networking solution. Avi also integrates with Cisco’s Tetration security analytics platform.

Avi Networks CEO Amit Pandey (pictured) told CRN last year that his company and Cisco “create end-to-end network automation all the way to the application. It really makes the ACI fabric more powerful from the customer’s perspective.”

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