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Infineta raises $15M to help bandwidth-hungry businesses

A startup called Infineta Systems is emerging from stealth mode today to tackle a problem that it says more and more big companies are facing — bandwidth. And it has raised a $15 million first round to fund its efforts.

Cofounder and chief executive Raj Kanaya said that large enterprises have to constantly upgrade the infrastructure between their data centers, because they need increasing amounts of bandwidth for tasks like data migration and backup. Existing wide-area-network optimization technologies for reducing bandwidth aren’t really going to meet these needs, he said — they’re designed for connecting branch offices to headquarters, not for supporting a company with multiple big data centers, each of them connected to the others.

Infineta has developed a technology called the Velocity Dedupe Engine, which can supposedly reduce high-speed network traffic by five times or more. In describing its technology, Infineta says the key pieces include:

  • Distributed processing – specialized components each dedicated to performing essential pipelined functions that execute millions of packet processing decisions simultaneously
  • Massively parallel design – non-sequential packet analysis combined with multi-stage redundancy removal for the best available dedupe efficacy in the marketplace
  • Dedupe performed in programmable logic – industry’s first-ever hardware-based network de-duplication that enables sustained high levels of data reduction ratios at any speed

Infineta plans to test the product with a few customers over the summer before making it generally available in the fourth quarter of this year. Kanaya described it as “a really horizontal technology” that should be used by large companies in a wide range of industries, but offered financial services as one field where Infineta will probably find early customers.

The funding comes from Alloy Ventures and North Bridge Venture Partners, where Infineta was incubated. North Bridge partner Paul Santinelli said it wasn’t hard to see that Infineta is addressing a growing business need.

“The likelihood is that with the voracity of data consumption, all of the current infrastructure and the past infrastructure goes by the way of the dodo,” Santinelli said.

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