10 Coolest Virtualization Startups Of 2013

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Pluribus Networks

CEO: Robert Drost

Network virtualization startup Pluribus Networks is taking on Cisco and VMware with a top-of-rack server and switch and software that aim to make data centers faster and more efficient. The startup has also been working with Red Hat on OpenStack-based network virtualization.

Pluribus Networks has been on a hiring binge lately: In November, it hired former Cisco executive Kumar Srikantan as president and CEO, and earlier this month it brought in former Riverbed executive Jim Schneibel as vice president of sales. The startup has raised $44 million in funding to date from Menlo Ventures, New Enterprise Associates and Mohr Davidow Ventures.


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