April 06, 2021

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Viptela Founding Team Launches Prosimo with $25 Million in Venture Funding to Modernize the Infrastructure Stack for Multi-Cloud

Written By Mehul Patel

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – April 6, 2021

Prosimo, the Application Experience Infrastructure company, today emerged from stealth to modernize application delivery for the multi-cloud world and formally launched its Application eXperience Infrastructure (AXI) platform. With the Prosimo AXI platform, cloud architects and security teams have a single, vertically integrated infrastructure stack to deliver an application experience that is exemplary, with embedded security. Prosimo customers include Fortune 500 companies, tier-1 service providers, and global partners.

The company also announced $25 million in seed and Series A funding co-led by General Catalyst and WRVI Capital and with participation from Nepenthe Capital. Dr. Steve Herrod, managing director at General Catalyst, and Lip-Bu Tan, managing partner at WRVI Capital, have joined the board.

Prosimo’s leadership has a history of start-up success, as co-founders Ramesh Prabagaran (CEO) and Nehal Bhau (CTO) were part of the founding team at Viptela and were subsequently responsible for product and engineering respectively for the fast growing SD-WAN business at Cisco. Co-founders Linus Aranha and Pradeep Aragonda bring deep technical and product expertise for the modern cloud stack. 

Modern applications are diverse, fragmented, highly distributed, and increasingly becoming cloud native. They are also often spread across various cloud providers and on premises infrastructures creating a truly multi-cloud environment. The enterprise workforce and customers alike access applications from home, remote offices, customer sites, or on the road. Additionally, applications and cloud services are now being cross connected to deliver new capabilities. The result is a subpar user experience with major security gaps and, unfortunately, cloud architects, operations, and security teams are under pressure to make everything work without the tools to accurately measure and deliver the required application experience. 

Prosimo is leveraging its venture capital backing to transform enterprise infrastructure. Prosimo AXI is the first platform built to make infrastructure transparent and secure. Traditional, siloed approaches have become a losing proposition as networking, security, application delivery, and observability cannot operate independently of each other in the cloud. Through a vertically integrated stack, Prosimo handles both user-to-app and app-to-app requirements, preventing multiple fragmented initiatives in the cloud. One infrastructure stack handles everything--provides secure access, app experience, real-time insights and quantified recommendations for multi-cloud. Prosimo  AXI platform is powered by machine learning and works with the platform’s Application-driven Intelligent Results engine (AIR) and AXI Edge. 

“Our mission is to make infrastructure transparent and secure and to deliver multi-cloud apps with the experience required at scale and controlled by the customer,” said Ramesh Prabagaran, co-founder and CEO of Prosimo. “A new architecture will define how applications should be delivered especially from the cloud -- we are set to lead this trend to help enterprises meet the ever changing needs of cloud applications. We are humbled to see large enterprises validate our vision by taking steps to modernize their stack.”

The Prosimo SLA | A new way to measure success

In addition to unveiling its new approach to modernizing the infrastructure stack for cloud applications, Prosimo understands the importance of creating a new way to measure success -- the Prosimo Service Level Agreement (SLA).      

Prosimo is focused on outcomes driven through SLAs and provides a per application SLA that includes secure access and optimized connectivity while managing cost. Customers have experienced:  

  • Up to 90% improvement in page load with improved app performance
  • 99% reduction in attack surface with increased security
  • Up to 60% savings in cloud spend
  • Up to 90% reduction in deployment time

The Prosimo AXI platform vertically integrates the infrastructure stack and focuses on solving key problems for enterprise customers. Customers can use the platform to: 

  • Accelerate multi-cloud adoption by improving app experience by up to 90 percent in less than five minutes. The apps run the gamut from web apps, R&D suite, VDI, and data lakes to modern Kubernetes/service mesh, private PaaS services (S3, block storage), etc.
  • Enable work from anywhere for the workforce and business partners, while still providing the security and app experience they demand.
  • Drive application delivery modernization across multi-cloud and hybrid-cloud environments, irrespective of the underlying type of application.

Prosimo ends the all-to-common fragmented approach to the cloud for enterprise customers. The platform provides the solution for Multi-Cloud Networking, Zero Trust with Identity Aware Proxy, app micro-segmentation, access to lift-and-shift VMware on AWS, Azure or GCP, app-infrastructure modernization for Kubernetes and service mesh apps, and more. 

Quotes

Dr. Steve Herrod, Managing Director at General Catalyst, said: “Applications are now commonly built for the cloud using containers, microservices, and other open source technologies. However, this is not enough. Users expect global, low-latency access to these applications, and operations teams must meet this demand while minimizing cost and ensuring security. Prosimo focuses on these challenges, automatically providing users with simple, fast, and secure application access. General Catalyst is proud to back the Prosimo team, and we are excited to see them deliver new application experiences to the world."

Lip-Bu Tan, founding Managing Partner at WRVI Capital, said: “Due to the proliferation of remote work, IT infrastructures are becoming more complex which is causing an increase in network security and connectivity issues. The Prosimo platform is coming to market at the perfect time—it enables a multi-cloud infrastructure strategy that can deliver apps that are fast, secure, and cost-optimized.”

Brad Casemore, Research Vice President, Datacenter Networks at IDC, said: “Applications are central to the success of digital transformation. As organizations have embraced clouds, however, applications are not only more cloud-native, changing how they are developed and managed, but they are also increasingly distributed. Employees and customers, who access and engage with those applications, are also highly distributed. IDC finds that the result is enormous pressure on infrastructure to adapt to cloud-centric application requirements and to materially support tangible business outcomes. With its Prosimo Application Experience Infrastructure platform and the Prosimo Service Level Agreement, Prosimo seeks to give customers an infrastructure stack that is aligned with cloud-era applications and focused on delivering specific business outcomes.”

Bob Laliberte, Practice Director and Senior Analyst at ESG, said: “The marketplace is rapidly changing. Organizations are accelerating public cloud adoption and ESG research reports that almost eight out of ten (79%) applications or workloads are candidates to move to the public cloud. In addition to deploying modern apps (microservices and containers), in the public clouds, they are also moving to the edge. In this highly distributed application environment, it is imperative that organizations focus on application delivery, security, and performance. Prosimo aims to make the application experience better both in the cloud and on premises with its new AXI platform. They are focused on improving the cloud-native app experience and providing innovative quality of experience measurements with Prosimo SLA to optimize cloud costs and justify investments to management.”

Rahul Bhuman, VP and head of emerging business at Tech Mahindra, said: “Companies are building powerful applications across the multi-cloud environment, but it’s hard to ensure consistency across all clouds and deliver on security, performance, and costs. Prosimo has the right approach—focusing on the app experience, not features across the cloud-provider and infrastructure stack or stitching clouds together."

Rich Grayson, Secure Enterprise Networking Practice Director at HighPoint, said: “The Prosimo AXI platform gives our customers a modern option for infrastructure that will help them manage IT costs and multi-cloud while helping their customers maintain the optimum performance of apps from home, remote offices, customer sites or on the road. Prosimo is a valued partner that helps our customers benefit from solutions that make their move to the cloud easier and affordable.”

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