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Network Automation Startup 6connect Lands Series A Funding Led by Hummer Winblad Venture Partners

by | August 22, 2011

Funding to Fuel First IPv6 Network Automation for the Always-Connected Evernet

PALO ALTO, CA — Aug 23, 2011 — 6connect, the first network automation platform to help usher in IPv6, today announced that it secured $2 million in a Series A financing round led by Hummer Winblad Venture Partners. Managing Partner, Mark Gorenberg, will join the 6connect board.

6connect is the first company to help enterprises, content providers and service providers (ISPs) simplify the transition from IPv4 to IPv6 and automate the management of complex IPv6 networks.

Building upon great success with brand name enterprises and some of the world’s largest ISPs, 6connect plans to use the funding to increase sales and marketing initiatives and accelerate feature evolution of their proven network automation platform.

The entire Internet is transitioning from IPv4 to IPv6 because the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) has exhausted the number of IPv4 addresses. IPv6 provides undecillions of addresses, enhanced security and ubiquitous mobile network interoperability. 6connect solves short-term IPv4 management challenges and supports long-term IPv6 operational goals.

According to a recent survey, more than 70% of IT departments plan to upgrade their websites to support IPv6 within the next 24 months.

Mark Gorenberg, Managing Director at Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, who is also a member of the FCC’s Technological Advisory Council, adds, “The increasing ubiquity of Internet-attached devices impacts us all when the existing number of IPv4 Internet addresses run out in 2012. We are bullish that 6connect has the experience and expertise needed to take advantage of the market opportunity that transitioning to an entirely new Internet demands.”

Automation is a Must
Because IPv6 is not compatible with earlier protocols, it must be run concurrently with IPv4. And, managing an IPv4 network to 100% utilization while introducing an entirely new network address schema with IPv6 increases the complexity of current and future networks. 80% of Network Managers report that they are adopting automation tools as the market seeks to simplify workloads, streamline transitions and lower overall costs.

About 6connect
6connect was founded in 2009 to solve the complexity of migrating to and managing IPv6 through network automation tools. The 6connect suite of software tools includes IPv4 management, steps to migrate to IPv6, and ultimately IPv6 deployment and on-going automated administration. Clients in production with 6connect IP address management, Domain Name Server (DNS) and peering automation tools include Tier 1 ISPs, global Enterprises, and international organizations.

About Hummer Winblad Ventures
Hummer Winblad Venture Partners is a leading venture capital firm focused on software investing and manages over $1 billion in cumulative capital. Since Hummer Winblad Venture Partners’ inception in 1989 the firm has launched over 100 new software companies. For more information, visit

“We decided to move our rather complex IP address and DHCP management process to ProVision and it has worked out great for us!! The team at 6connect were very flexible and went above and beyond to accommodate our requirements and helped to make the migration as smooth and hitch free as possible. Kudos to the team @ 6connect!”

Premkumar Subramaniam
Head of R&D

“We are excited to be partnering with 6connect to leverage their technology and talent. We particularly admire their long-standing IPv6 contributions and their ability to service and support customers in this area, some who are the largest service provider in the world. The 6connect executive leadership team and technical team are great to work with and we look forward to many partnered projects to help customers address their Cloud, IoT and Security needs with IPv6. Automation, workflow and orchestration are critical to the success of most of these projects and 6connect is well positioned to help our mutual customers in those areas.”

Ed Horley
Co-Founder & CEO

“Enterprises can struggle managing purposefully segmented DDI architectures with any agility. Our partnership with 6connect empowers customers with complex infrastructures to move faster to service the business while consolidating visibility and control over their estate.”

Andrew Wertkin
Chief Strategy Officer,

“6connect’s approach to automation addresses quite a few challenges with physical and virtual networks – how to improve the agility of your current network infrastructure without sacrificing reliability and adoption of future network technologies.”

Pär Lange
Investment Director

“A customer is looking for an integrated solution from a single vendor for both IPAM and DNS. Through the 6connect reseller program, Secure64 is able to offer the most secure DNS solutions married to a unique combination of IPAM and resource provisioning that customers want. It’s a marriage made in heaven.”

Mark Beckett
VP of Marketing

“A huge benefit of working with the 6connect team is that they devoted a lot of resources to get our products integrated so we had the turnkey solution that we could take to market. It was very easy to work with their team to get product integrated and successfully launched.”

Mark Beckett
VP of Marketing

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