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Kelly-Herrell-VyattaLeading software-based networking provider Vyatta has raised $12 million in a new round of funding, with a goal of continuing to improve security for physical and cloud infrastructures.

“The number one concern of CIOs is security,” Vyatta CEO Kelly Herrell (pictured) told VentureBeat. “We help give them peace of mind by solving some of the biggest security networking issues.”

Vyatta offers several networking solutions, including its popular Network OS for the Cloud. With it, the company claims to deliver “advanced network security and connectivity in a cloud-ready, virtualization optimized, software appliance.” The software is simple to deploy and maintains security with its enterprise-class firewall, IPsec VPN, OpenVPN, network intrusion prevention, web filtering, and more.

Harrell told us that Vyatta’s growth with customers using its cloud solutions has reached an astounding pace this year, signalling how many companies want to get into the cloud. Specifically, Vyatta’s sales were 20% cloud-focused at the beginning of the year but will reach 60% by the end of the year. Vyatta counts Dell and Carpathia as clients.


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The new funding round was led by HighBAR Partners, with participation from existing investors JPMorgan, Arrowpath Venture Partners and Citrix Systems. Vyatta’s funding now totals around $45 million.

“The networks for cloud architectures need the security, flexibility and elasticity of Vyatta’s software-based approach, not the traditional ‘black box’ model of legacy vendors,” said Roy Thiele-Sardiña, Managing Partner at HighBAR Partners, in a statement. “With Vyatta, HighBAR sees an opportunity to redefine how networks and data centers are connected and secured.”

Belmont, Calif.-based Vyatta was founded in 2006 and now has 50 employees. Herrell said the company is “hiring rapidly” and just opened a European office last month.

Take a glance at the photo below to get an idea of how Vyatta’s software is set up.


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