Startup 128 Technology says it can fix the Internet by simplifying routing and has raised $36 million to accomplish that goal.
The funding has come from G20 Ventures, 128 Technology employees, and other unnamed investors, says Mike O’Malley, vice president of marketing for the startup.
The company says its software will simplify routers, making them session-aware and deterministic. This enables a two-way exchange of information between endpoints, correlating and controlling an outbound path with an inbound path. Session-aware routers eliminate the need for middle box technologies such as firewalls, load balancers, and analytics tools.
“Routing hasn’t been changed in 20 years,” says Andy Ory, CEO and co-founder of 128 Technology. “Routers and the infrastructures weren’t designed to do what they do now, and now that everyone has gone to mobile, cloud computation has reached a tipping point. Eventually, the amount of data, services, and applications we use now and in the future will break down existing infrastructures.”
Current packet/flow routers act as relays that don’t keep track of incoming or outgoing traffic. The 128T Networking Platform enables the movement of packets from private networks through public networks and back to private networks, improving security and enforcing the path of data, services, and applications, says Ory.
To deploy the Linux-based software, users need an Intel-based processor, which they can run on any server or cloud data center, says Ory. The software is compatible with existing infrastructures, so users don’t need to replace current technology.
Customers do not pay for the software, but they pay for a license, which is based on the amount of data they send through the virtual routers, allowing users to pay for exactly what they use.
Ory says that 128 Technology doesn’t expect to be the only company developing this type of technology, but anyone who is interested in extending their networks across multiple boundaries can use and benefit from the service.