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Structure LaunchPad startup vCider disguises packets like I disguise zucchini in my four-year-old’s chocolate muffins. Except vCider does it to help companies bridge between different cloud providers while providing a bit less latency and more security that one would with a virtual router.

Chris Marino vCider CEO

Chris Marino vCider CEO

Structure LaunchPad startup vCider disguises packets like I disguise zucchini in my four-year-old’s chocolate muffins. Except vCider does it to help companies bridge between different cloud providers while providing a bit less latency and more security that one would with a virtual router.

VCider aims to help companies span clouds while keeping their security and compliance intact by installing software on a virtual machine instance in a cloud and then creating a mesh-like Layer 2 network that the administrator can control. But because it’s in an instance running at Layer 3 of the network, it’s akin to hiding Layer 2 packets inside the Layer 3 tunnels in order to allow for greater control of the network without adding a lot of latency. Using such clients inside each instance is becoming a more common practice as companies CloudPassage also experiment with that — only for security rather than bridging a network.

There are other companies such as Vyatta offering similar services to try to present a unified network view, but they use virtual routers that have their own limitations — namely greater latency and they can introduce a single point of failure.

VCider, which was founded in the fall of 2010, had raised a seed round of about $500,000 from undisclosed investors, according to CEO Chris Marino. It is looking for a Series A funding.

  1. This will be great for bridging private vs public cloud infrastructure, users will be able to have better control over what data is stored where.

    One of the things that can happen with cloud architectures is vendor lock-in, the same as in the mainframe days, where the total solution is bought from one vendor. This has the ability to surpass this type of vendor lock-in.

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