6connect, a network automation platform to help
usher in IPv6, announced that it secured $2 million in a Series A financing
round led by Hummer Winblad Venture Partners. Its managing partner, Mark
Gorenberg, will join the 6connect board.
6connect helps enterprises, content providers and service
providers (ISPs) simplify the transition from IPv4 to IPv6 and automate the
management of complex IPv6 networks.
6connect plans to use the funding to increase sales and
marketing initiatives and accelerate feature evolution of their proven network
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 more addresses, enhanced security and
ubiquitous mobile network interoperability.
6connect solves short-term IPv4 management challenges and
supports long-term IPv6 operational goals.
A profound change to the Internet is underway, and we
are thrilled to have the support of Hummer Winblad as 6connect helps usher in
the always-on Evernet,” said Richard Donaldson, CEO at 6connect.
The era of IPv6 is finally here; an Internet that is
continuously accessible to devices of all sorts. With this investment 6connect
is able to help more enterprises and network operators re-evaluate their IP
Address Management and truly gain control of their network,” Donaldson added.
According to a recent survey, more than 70 percent of IT
departments plan to upgrade their websites to support IPv6 within the next 24
The increasing ubiquity of Internet-attached devices
impacts us all when the existing numbers of IPv4 Internet addresses run out in
2012. We are bullish that 6connect has the experience and expertise needed to
take advantages of the market opportunity that transitioning to an entirely new
Internet demands,” said Mark Gorenberg, managing director at Hummer Winblad
By Telecomlead.com Team