Note that Avi didn’t announce the carrier as a customer. In fact, Avi officials wouldn’t confirm the relationship when I asked.
But a tipster told us Time Warner Cable had spoken at Avi’s booth on Tuesday. Sure enough, Avi’s conference handouts list a TWC representative as a speaker.
You’ll note that Cisco Cloud Services is also listed
as a customer. (UPDATE: It turns out Cisco was just a guest speaker; the word “customer” on the card is in error.)
Avi’s Cloud Application Delivery Platform (CADP) targets massive scale, spinning up virtual load balancers managed by a logically centralized controller.
The company claims to have a jump on Layer 4-7 players such as F5 and Citrix, which are virtualizing their appliances to make themselves more attractive for the cloud. Having started up just three ago, Avi claims it had a blank-slate advantage in creating a virtualized, hyperscale-minded ADC.
The increase in OpenStack‘s popularity has helped as well. Built with distributed computing and storage in mind, OpenStack lends itself to the idea of distributed Layer 4-7 elements, says Umesh Mahajan, Avi’s CEO. “OpenStack leveled the playing field,” he says.
Photo: The T-shirt Avi has given away at the last couple of OpenStack Summits. You want to see a close-up? Sure you do.