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Avi Bridges the Enterprise Multi-Cloud

Avi Networks has upgraded its application traffic manager to allow enterprises to load-balance between multiple public, private and hybrid clouds, reducing or eliminating cloud vendor lock-ins.

The Avi Networks Vantage Platform was previously able to balance loads within individual pubic, private and hybrid clouds -- inside an on-premises data center, for example. But now it can move loads between clouds -- for example, private to public, or between public cloud vendors, the company says.

The Avi Vantage Platform is designed to allow enterprises to scale and improve performance for applications, as well as provide freedom to choose among multiple cloud providers.

"Our customers are saying Amazon Web Services is the mother of all lock-ins," CEO Amit Pandey tells Light Reading. "They want a way to run across multiple cloud environments and intelligently manage traffic across those multi-clouds."

Avi Vantage Platform provides analytics-driven automatic scaling and load balancing; Amazon Web Services Inc. and Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) cloud support, and extended OpenStack support, the company says.

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Avi is available as a fabric, with a single, centralized controller and service engines that can be distributed in a cloud, the data center, or containers and virtual machines running on bare metal.

The software is in beta now, available to all customers within 30 days. A low-end configuration is available free, with pricing for high-end versions typically running to tens of thousands of dollars, targeting Global 2000 customers.

Founded in 2012, Avi raised about $50 million from three rounds of funding, with investors including Greylock Partners , Lightspeed Venture Partners , Menlo Ventures and DAG Ventures Management . Avi expects to receive another rounding of funding, but not within the next year or so, Pandey says. The company has "well into the triple digits of employees," Pandey says, but he declined to provide a specific number.

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