CLOUD WARS COMING: Pertino Raises $20 Million to Take on Cisco Systems


Pertino, a cloud-networking service which allows users to instantly create or turn off networks without hardware or virtual private networks, has raised $20 million in Series B funding led by Jafco Ventures and including Norwest Venture Partners and Lightspeed Venture Partners, according to VentureBeat.

The “software-defined networking” company’s program allows clients to easily scale networks up and down as per operational needs. Based in San Francisco, the company plans to expand into Japan and China, using Jafco’s connections in that region.

The Register explains that Pertino will most likely end up going head-to-head with the Meraki cloud-networking service, which Cisco acquired for $1.2 billion last November. Pertino currently has 35 people on staff and over 800 clients – although at the moment the program only supports PCs running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2.

The cloud wars are heating up! Either startups like Pertino and Box are going to outmaneuver and out-innovate the big boys of enterprise — or end up on the wrong side of the bell curve.