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Company Profile:

Nicira

Why: By using virtual computer networks rather than hardwired systems to connect cloud servers, it could make the cloud more secure and reliable.

Key innovation: Its software takes over the functions of network hardware, resulting in a distributed system of components that can swiftly respond to changes in workload.

Private Company: Nicira

Headquarters: Palo Alto, California
Founded: 2007
Funding Raised: $50 million

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