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SDN Experts Unite to Bring DevOps-Defined Networking to Docker Users

LightSpeed Ventures Invests in Vision of former Cisco, Red Hat, HP, OpenDaylight and Dell Veterans

San Francisco, CA, October 16, 2014 --( Today SocketPlane, an independent software developer focused on open source software defined networking, announced their intention to bring Software Defined Networking (SDN) to Docker. The SocketPlane team is comprised of industry veterans Madhu Venugopal, John M. Willis, Brent Salisbury and Dave Tucker whose combined experience in SDN, cloud computing and DevOps will elevate the networking abilities in container-based application virtualization.

“We see the incredible value in the use of Linux containers evidenced by the popularity of Docker,” said SocketPlane CEO, Madhu Venugopal, "We want to enable the Docker revolution by bringing enterprise-grade networking solutions to the ecosystem. This isn’t traditional Software-Defined Networking, we take a more pragmatic approach. SocketPlane will be native to Docker, developer friendly and familiar to network operators.

"SocketPlane will use capital from LightSpeed Ventures to develop their open source networking stack. "I am thrilled to be working with SocketPlane,” notes John Vrionis of Lightspeed. “It’s a rare opportunity to be the first investor in a company with world class founders who are building disruptive technology in a massive market that is experiencing major transition."

DevOps-Defined Networking
SocketPlane is developing a solution to address the performance, availability and scale requirements of networking in large container-based cloud deployments. To operate at scale, Network operators need to be agile and require programmable, policy-driven networks that can be automated to match the benefits that industry leaders like Google, Facebook and Twitter gain by following DevOps principles.

“Our approach to SDN is unique compared to most ‘SDN’ vendors” announced SocketPlane VP Product, Dave Tucker. “Instead of trying to reinvent the wheel, we realized early on that there is value in our networking heritage and we are building our solution on top of these solid technologies.”

The SocketPlane solution will offer the following benefits:

- High Performance, Highly Available and Scalable Networking for the Container-based Cloud
- Eliminate Technical Debt in the Network by providing engineers robust APIs for automation.
- Scale the network elastically, deploy using DevOps tools
- Simplify network complexity using Network Virtualization

SocketPlane’s upcoming product will be released in early 2015.

About SocketPlane

Comprised of industry veterans from Cisco, Dell, Red Hat, HP and OpenDaylight. Socketplane team is driving DevOps Defined Networking by enabling distributed security, application services and orchestration for Linux containers. Socket Plane is funded by LightSpeed Venture partners of Menlo Park, CA. For more information visit – and Follow us on Twitter @socketplane.

About Lightspeed Venture Partners

Lightspeed Venture Partners - - is a leading venture capital firm with over $2 billion of committed capital under management and investment professionals and advisors in Silicon Valley, India, Israel and China with Lightspeed China Partners. Over the past two decades, Lightspeed partners have backed more than 200 consumer and enterprise, many of which have become leaders in their respective markets, including Blue Nile, Brocade, Ciena, DoubleClick, eHealth, Fusion-io, Informatica, Nest Labs, Nicira, Nimble Storage, SnapChat and Riverbed Technology.


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