Cool Startup: 6WIND

6WIND founded in 2000, is an emerging leader in the commercial SDN + NFV industry. They are based near Paris, France and count some of the world’s largest network manufacturers, carriers and technology companies as customers including Cisco, Alcatel-Lucent, and HP. Eric Carmès (CEO) is a visionary and thought leader in the SDN industry having previously worked at Thales and Dassault Elentronique. While at Dassault he managed the sprawling R&D staff there. 6WIND is a Silver Member of the OpenDaylight project, the largest open source SDN Project on the planet that counts the largest network manufacturers and software companies as members. As a proven pioneer in the field, we expect big things for 6WIND especially as SDN continues to mature.

Company Background

  • Company: 6WIND
  • Founded: 2000
  • Raised: Private
  • HQ: Montigny-Le-Bretonneux (near Paris), France
  • LinkedIn Employee Count: 65
  • Investors: Sofinnova Partners, Innovation Capital, TechFund Eureop, Ace Management
  • Leadership: Eric Carmès (Founder & CEO), François-Frédéric (VP Business Development),
  • Product: Commercial SDN and NFV Software that offers network performance enhancements for physical and virtual environments
  • Customers: Alcatel-Lucent, Hitachi, HP, KT, Ericsson, NEC, Orange, Broadcom, Cisco, Emulex, Huawei, Intel

 Products Features

  • 6WIND Virtual Accelerator: Software that offers virtual switching and virtual infrastructure to enable NFV, network appliance virtualization and data center virtualization
  • 6WIND Gate: Packet processing software and leading commercial data plane that enables enterprise to build network applications
  • Feature Set: Virtual switching, IP Forwarding, IPSec, NAT, Filtering, and General Routing Encapsulation