VSS Monitoring Raises $20 Million

VSS Monitoring Inc., a Burlingame, Calif.-based distributed traffic capture company, has raised $20 million from Battery Ventures. It is the company’s first institutional funding round.


VSS Monitoring, Inc., the leader in distributed traffic capture, today announced it has secured its first institutional round of financing from Battery Ventures, a multi-stage investment firm focused on technology and innovation worldwide. VSS Monitoring is the technology leader in intelligent distributed traffic capture, the industry’s only system based architecture for network and security monitoring. The company’s Distributed Traffic Capture SystemsTM dramatically improve ROI and performance and are trusted by more than 1,000 enterprises, government agencies and service providers around the world.

“Partnering with Battery will help VSS continue to develop and deliver highly innovative solutions. Battery’s already proven success in the networking sector made the firm a natural fit and we believe their domain expertise will be invaluable to us.”
As virtualization continues to be rolled out in data centers, as next generation networks become flattened, and as IP-based services such as mobile video proliferate, monitoring and securing the network becomes an increasingly complicated task. Distributed traffic capture is the only effective and scalable solution that can address these challenges. Through its distributed architecture and advanced technologies such as vAssureTM, vStack+TM, vSliceTM and protocol stripping, Distributed Traffic Capture Systems provide an intelligent and robust platform for centralized monitoring, tool optimization, and scalability for the network monitoring and security infrastructure.

“Our business is experiencing tremendous momentum at a time when the network performance and operations management market is about to explode,” said Martin Breslin, VSS Monitoring founder and CEO. “Partnering with Battery will help VSS continue to develop and deliver highly innovative solutions. Battery’s already proven success in the networking sector made the firm a natural fit and we believe their domain expertise will be invaluable to us.”

“VSS addresses what is quickly becoming one of the most critical and complex challenges of network performance,” said Neeraj Agrawal, Battery Ventures General Partner. “They’ve built an impressive customer base and robust indirect sales channel that stretches globally. This round of capital will be strategically applied towards accelerating R&D initiatives, growing customer and partner support, and dramatically expanding sales and marketing capacity. We look forward to collaborating with the VSS team and supporting the company on its mission to intensify growth and dominate in their category. ”

Agrawal and Alex Benik, Battery Ventures Principal, will assume seats on VSS Monitoring’s board.

About Battery Ventures

Since 1983, Battery has been investing in technology and innovation worldwide. The firm partners with entrepreneurs and management teams across technology sectors, geographies and stages of a company’s life, from start-up and expansion financing, to growth equity and buyouts.

Battery has supported many breakthrough companies around the world, including: @stake (acquired by Symantec), Airespace (acquired by Cisco), Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM), Bladelogic (NASDAQ: BLOG), Ciphertrust (acquired by Secure Computing Corp.), Kashya (acquired by EMC), Netezza (NYSE: NZ), Neoteris (acquired by NetScreen), Omniture (acquired by Adobe) and Qtera (acquired by Nortel Networks).

Its current portfolio includes firms such as Anobit, Arbor Networks, GreenBytes, Opscode, Viridity Software and Zerto.

From offices in Boston, Silicon Valley and Israel, Battery manages nearly $4B in committed capital, including its current fund of $750M. For more information, visit www.battery.com.

About VSS Monitoring

VSS Monitoring, Inc. is the leader in network traffic capture, with the world’s largest and most feature-rich family of traffic capture devices allowing IT professionals to see into the farthest reaches of large networks, preventing problems from reaching end users, and greatly reducing the time to achieve a return on investment for network monitoring and security tools. VSS’s innovative Distributed Traffic Capture Systems herald a new architecture of network monitoring, one which fundamentally improves its capability and price-performance. The company is headquartered in Burlingame, Calif. For more information, visit www.vssmonitoring.com.

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