DriveNets is a fast-growing software company that builds networks like clouds. It offers communications service providers and cloud providers a radical new way to build networks, detaching network growth from network cost and increasing network profitability.
DriveNets Network Cloud uniquely supports the complete virtualization of network and compute resources, enabling communication service providers and cloud providers to meet increasing service demands much more efficiently than with today’s monolithic routers. DriveNets’ software runs over standard white-box hardware and can easily scale network capacity by adding additional white boxes into physical network clusters. This unique disaggregated network model enables the physical infrastructure to operate as a shared resource that supports multiple networks and services. This network design also allows faster service innovation at the network edge, supporting multiple service payloads, including latency-sensitive ones, over a single physical network edge.
通信業界で豊かな経験を持つ２人の起業家、Ido Susan と Hillel Kobrinsky によって設立された DriveNets は、OCP認定の標準的なホワイトボックス上で動作する、クラウドネイティブかつオープンな、分離・分散型ネットワーキングソリューションを提供しています。通信キャリアやクラウドプロバイダーへネットワーク構築の革新的な新手法を提供し、お客様のネットワークの収益性を向上します。従来のハードウェア・ソフトウェア一体型のコアルータ、エッジルータの提供手法から、ソフトウェア部分を分離・分散させ、汎用のホワイトボックススイッチで動かす総合ソリューションを提供することで、初期設備コスト、そして電力、データセンター面積など運用コスト削減に貢献いたします。
DriveNets は、2020 年の Leading Light 賞でカンパニー・オブ・ザ・イヤー（未上場企業部門）、第 21 回年間 World Communications 賞でベンダー部門イノベーション賞を受賞しています。詳細については、www.drivenets.com にアクセスいただき、当社のメディアキットをご覧ください。2022 年 8 月には、DriveNets はシリーズ C の資金 2 億 6,200 万ドルを調達したことを発表しました。最新の投資ラウンドから調達した資金は、今後の技術ソリューションの開発、新しい事業機会の追求、自社の海外事業の拡大、通信サービスプロバイダーとハイパースケーラーでの増加する顧客需要に対応するためのチームへの支援提供に使用される予定です。
Shunsuke arrived at DriveNets from Cisco. “My previous manager at Cisco had joined DriveNets 3 months before me,” Shunsuke said, “He introduced me to DriveNets, explaining what DriveNets is doing with disaggregation how they are using software-based solutions with the hardware technology of today, and that DriveNets could do in the networking space what VMware did for compute and storage.”
Shunsuke serves DriveNets as a senior pre-sales engineer, focusing on tier-1 service providers in Japan.
“I get to propose the DriveNets solution to customers, sharing with them the model for running the network on software.”
This gives also Shunsuke the opportunity to also work on localized technical marketing projects like blog writing as well as be involved at local industry events like Interop. For example, Shunsuke has been a strong contributor in the new DriveNets Blog in Japanese.
Service providers understand that in order to survive and keep growing profitably, they must do something different. This means converting their hardware-based infrastructure to software. “Basically service providers understand they need to change,” said Shunsuke, “they need to change the way they build and operate networks to improve their profitability and reduce costs.”
The solution is to build and operate networks like cloud providers, such as AWS, Azure, Google Cloud and more. They solved the same issues, as service providers are facing. Hyperscalers developed a cloud computing infrastructure that can grow efficiently to address customer demands both in terms of resources and services -offering better network quality. Competition is coming from the incumbent vendors. “DriveNets competes with the traditional product and the business model, and the service providers prefer DriveNets over the traditional vendors,” he added.
DriveNets is a flat organization.
“I get to have weekly project call with Ido, our CEO,” said Shunsuke, “I can talk to the CEO every week. That’s not so usual by other B2B companies.”
The company isn’t weighed down by many layers of hierarchy. “Everyone in the company has a startup mindset, and brings a ‘can do’ spirit – ready for the challenge!”
Shunsuke is the first one to wake up. He starts his day by making breakfast for the whole family.
“If you do not enter the tiger’s cave, you will not catch its cub.”
What are three things people don’t know about you?
- Going on long bike riding treks
- Train trips – both long and even slow local trips, going to the far end of the Japanese peninsula
- Played the tuba in high school/university – hopefully will resume in near future
Welcome to the DriveNets Japan Team!!
The team in Japan is made up of talented senior professionals from some of the biggest named companies in the networking technology industry.
The DriveNets team in Japan has had great success with customers such as KDDI. As a result, we opened a beautiful office in Tokyo Japan in January of 2022.
We look forward to your application.