Dear Pluribus customers, partners and employees:
At this same time last year, I posted about how impressed I was with the progress Pluribus Networks had made in spite of 2020 being a year unlike any we’d ever experienced. As we turn the page on 2021, while we still face challenges brought on by COVID-19, there is a sense that enterprises and economies are adapting to this new reality and finding their footing. I’m pleased to say that, despite all the constraints that make up this “new normal”, Pluribus excelled in 2021.
From a technical standpoint alone, Pluribus had a banner year. We released version 6.1 of our Linux Netvisor® ONE network operating system (OS) and elevated our Adaptive Cloud Fabric to new heights to enable customers to build bigger, faster cloud networking fabrics with more services and even simpler operations. We also released version 6.2 of our UNUM Management Platform, which includes our powerful Fabric Manager GUI-based portal and Insight Analytics telemetry solution. The platform empowers NetOps teams with tools to provision services at cloud speed and resolve network performance issues in record time.
Additionally, we extended the Pluribus switch portfolio with support for multiple new Dell Technologies and Edgecore white box switches for 10/40/100 GbE deployments, as well as our own line of Freedom 9000 Series open networking switches, based on the Broadcom StrataXGS® Trident 3 switch series silicon.
I’m proud to say that the industry took notice of our capabilities, with Pluribus winning Data Solution of the Year at the 2021 European IT & Software Excellence Awards, being named a runner-up for Data Centre ICT Automation/Orchestration Innovation of the Year at the 2021 DCS Awards and a finalist for the 2021 CRN Tech Innovator Awards.
It was an excellent year for Pluribus Networks partners and customers, as we unveiled a new, simplified “Partners First” program, that makes it easier than ever to acquire and deploy our solutions. We implemented our Adaptive Cloud Fabric solution across multiple customers in multiple verticals, such as with the Italian banking institution, Creval who modernized their private cloud infrastructure by building a new active-active data center architecture.
We also reached a notable milestone with Pluribus being deployed in the 4G/5G virtualized mobile cores of more than 100 Tier 1 and Tier 2 mobile network operators – proving that Pluribus has the right architecture and engineering, QA and support processes in place to deliver a truly carrier grade OS solution that can scale to handle the traffic from billions of endpoints across our fabric.
Most recently, Pluribus announced an exciting partnership with ITRenew, a global leader in circular cloud and sustainable data center infrastructure, through which ITRenew customers can now add Pluribus’ open networking software to their fully integrated hyperscale-grade compute, storage and networking rack-scale solutions.
And last, but certainly not least, Pluribus Networks had a successful financial year which included a $20 million investment round led by Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital. This capital is already being used to accelerate R&D initiatives and increase sales & marketing to enable Pluribus to keep growing within the distributed cloud market and expand into adjacent sectors. It is not hyperbole to say that what we have planned for the next year and beyond will change the equation for Pluribus, its customers and partners.
Like 2020, this past year was anything but typical. Nevertheless, Pluribus is ideally positioned for rapid success in the months and years ahead, and for that I offer my sincere appreciation and gratitude to the entire team at Pluribus Networks, as well as members of our extended community. Their hard work and commitment to excellence has made 2021 a year to remember and will enable 2022 to be Pluribus’ best year to date.
I would like to wish everyone a happy holiday and new year and hope that you all enjoy this important time with family and friends.