VeloCloud Raises $35M to Meet Accelerating Global Demand for Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN
Series D Financing Led by Hermes Growth Partners to Continue VeloCloud Leadership in SD-WAN Worldwide
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIFORNIA, MARCH 2, 2017
VeloCloud™ Networks, Inc., the Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN™ company, today announced that it has closed a $35 million Series D round of funding, led by Hermes Growth Partners. Round participants included new investors Telstra Ventures and Khazanah Nasional Berhad, the strategic investment fund of the Government of Malaysia (“Khazanah”), in addition to existing investors New Enterprise Associates (NEA), Venrock, March Capital Partners, Cisco Investments, and other undisclosed strategic investors.
The funding will be used to expand business, capacity and operations as the company accelerates new SD-WAN product development, supports larger customer rollouts, and dramatically increases sales and marketing in theaters worldwide. Today’s funding brings the company’s total funding to $84 million.
”We have been following the exploding SD-WAN space very closely and recognize its potential to transform enterprise WAN,” said Bobby Yerramilli-Rao, founder and partner at Hermes Growth Partners. “We decided to invest in VeloCloud because of the company’s highly differentiated solution, superb track record with customers, and exceptional management team.”
Since its last round of funding more than a year ago, VeloCloud has set several new records for sales, and has seen its number of SD-WAN sites grow to more than 50,000 and total customer wins exceed 600, including the two largest SD-WAN wins in the world. The company continued to extend its market leadership as the SD-WAN architecture of choice for leading service providers. VeloCloud secured deals from AT&T, Sprint, Mitel, TelePacific, and Windstream for the “VeloCloud Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN for Service Providers” solution for both Network Integrated and Over The Top implementations. In addition, VeloCloud continued work with its existing ecosystem of service provider partners, including Vonage, MetTel, EarthLink, and NetOne to deliver the benefits of VeloCloud Powered SD-WAN for their customers.
“Telstra Ventures is very excited to join this round of VeloCloud funding,” said Mark Sherman, Managing Director of Telstra Ventures. “Telstra and VeloCloud are completely aligned on the vision of delivering network agility and architectural flexibility to enterprise customers, and we see huge opportunities for both, especially in the Asia-Pacific region.”
“We are experiencing significantly more growth than we even predicted as a stretch goal for VeloCloud Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN,” said VeloCloud CEO and Co-founder Sanjay Uppal. “VeloCloud has broken away from the field with the industry’s largest number of customers, sites, and sales along with key strategic Service Provider partnerships. With this new round of funding we are able to stay well ahead of this new level of demand we are experiencing.”
VeloCloud Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN enables Enterprises to securely support application growth, network agility, and simplified branch and end-point implementations while delivering optimized access to cloud services, private datacenters and enterprise applications. Global Service Providers are able to increase revenue, deliver advanced services and increase flexibility by delivering elastic transport, performance for cloud applications, and integrated advanced services all via a zero-touch deployment and operations model. Both Enterprises and Service Providers benefit from the multi-tenant cloud gateway architecture and the ability to support real-time applications over private, broadband and wireless links. With VeloCloud, The Cloud is the Network™.
About Hermes Growth Partners
Hermes Growth Partners (“HGP”) is a private equity firm that focuses on growth-stage companies in the telecom, media and technology (“TMT”) sectors globally. The firm’s primary objective is to help high-potential companies drive growth and create value. Thematically HGP focuses on enterprise companies benefiting from the shift to the cloud, the rise of mobile use cases and the adoption of data analytics in business process. HGP brings a combination of long-term capital, extensive operational management skills and financial asset management experience to each situation. In addition, HGP invests from an evergreen fund and as such views itself more as a long term strategic partner than a purely financial investor. For more information, visit www.hermesgrowthpartners.com.
VeloCloud Networks™, Inc. is the Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN™ company, a Gartner Cool Vendor, the Frost & Sullivan Product Leader in the SD-WAN Solution Market, and a Best of Interop and Best of VMworld winner. The company simplifies branch WAN networking by automating deployment and improving performance over private, broadband Internet and LTE links for today’s increasingly distributed enterprises. VeloCloud SD-WAN includes: a choice of public, private or hybrid cloud network for enterprise-grade connection to cloud and enterprise applications; branch office enterprise appliances and optional data center appliances; software-defined control and automation; and virtual services delivery. VeloCloud has received financing from investors including NEA, Venrock, March Capital Partners, Hermes Growth Partners, Telstra Ventures, Khazanah Nasional Berhad, Cisco Investments, and The Fabric, and is headquartered in Mountain View, Calif. For more information, visit www.velocloud.com and follow the company on Twitter @VeloCloud.