VeloCloud Raises $27M to Meet Growing Global Demand for SD-WAN
Series C Financing led by March Capital Partners and Strategic Investors
Mountain View, Calif, January 14, 2016
VeloCloud Networks Inc., the Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN™ company, today announced that it has closed $27 million in Series C financing led by venture fund March Capital Partners and two additional strategic investors, including Cisco Investments. Existing investors, including New Enterprise Associates (NEA) and Venrock, also participated in the round. The funding will be used to expand business operations as the company accelerates new product development and customer rollouts, and ramps up sales and marketing in expanded theaters to meet growing global demand. Today’s funding brings the company’s total funding to $49 million.
Gartner, a research and advisory firm, has estimated that by the end of 2019, 30 percent of enterprises will use SD-WAN products in all their branches, up from less than 1 percent today.1
“VeloCloud has already established itself as a SD-WAN leader and secured an impressive array of customer and ecosystem partners,” said Sumant Mandal, General Partner, March Capital Partners. “We see a rare, tremendous growth opportunity for SD-WAN in the next few years and strongly believe that VeloCloud, with its unique Cloud-Delivered strategy, is best positioned for great success in this burgeoning category.”
With the rampant growth of branch office deployments and rapid migration to cloud applications, the industry is seeing an increasing need for advanced wide area network (WAN) service delivery, and assured performance of cloud and enterprise applications. In 2015 VeloCloud saw rapid adoption of its SD-WAN solution fueled, in part, by a significantly expanded partner ecosystem which now includes BroadSoft, Cisco, Equinix, HP, IIx Console, Intel, VMware, Websense and Zscaler.
“We are seeing exploding growth in global demand for VeloCloud’s Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN solutions,” said VeloCloud CEO and Co-founder Sanjay Uppal. “This new financing validates our unique cloud-delivered direction and success, and will accelerate growth in our core business of providing simplified branch WAN networking, improved performance and service delivery to mid to large enterprises and service providers.”
“As a leading provider of WAN solutions for enterprises worldwide, we are collaborating closely with customers looking to transition to software-driven WAN deployments with our Cisco Intelligent WAN solution,” said Jeff Reed, vice president and general manager, Enterprise Infrastructure and Solutions Group at Cisco. “Cisco is committed to open networking, and interoperability with the VeloCloud solution will provide our joint customers with additional enhancements for application and cloud services performance.”
VeloCloud solutions enable enterprises to rapidly, seamlessly and economically expand their wide area networks to support application growth, network agility and simplified branch implementations, while delivering optimized access to cloud datacenters and applications.
About March Capital Partners
March Capital Partners invest globally in leading technology innovation. With a history of hundreds of millions of dollars in venture capital investments and private financings, the partners and team at March participate across all stages of growth in the realms of Internet Infrastructure, Enterprise Technology, and Information Services & Content. For more information, see http://www.marchcp.com/.
Note 1 – Gartner Inc. – Market Guide for Software-Defined WAN, December 1, 2015
VeloCloud Networks™, Inc. is the Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN™ company, a Gartner Cool Vendor, the Frost & Sullivan Product Leader in the SD-WAN Solution Market, and a Best of Interop and Best of VMworld winner. The company simplifies branch WAN networking by automating deployment and improving performance over private, broadband Internet and LTE links for today’s increasingly distributed enterprises. VeloCloud SD-WAN includes: a choice of public, private or hybrid cloud network for enterprise-grade connection to cloud and enterprise applications; branch office enterprise appliances and optional data center appliances; software-defined control and automation; and virtual services delivery. VeloCloud has received financing from investors including NEA, Venrock, March Capital Partners, Hermes Growth Partners, Telstra Ventures, Khazanah Nasional Berhad, Cisco Investments, and The Fabric, and is headquartered in Mountain View, Calif. For more information, visit www.velocloud.com and follow the company on Twitter @VeloCloud.