May 19th, 2015

Portland startup Bigleaf Networks gets even bigger with nationwide rollout


Portland startup Bigleaf Networks gets even bigger with nationwide rollout

As we become more and more dependent on technology, we have become increasingly worried about single points of failure. That issue where one particular component of your technology stack can hiccup and the whole house of cards comes tumbling down. So we have redundancy. And fail over. And load balancing. But there remains one incredibly critical single point for most everyone: our Internet connections.

And that’s where Portland Seed Fund alum and Oregon Angel Fund portfolio company Bigleaf Networks is focusing.

Bigleaf uses the natural architecture and intelligence found in leaves – their veins provide redundancy to all areas of the leaf, and the distribution of nutrients is load balanced. We apply those same organic principles to your internet connections. Your traffic is tunneled over the leaf “veins” (your multiple internet connections), between our core network and our on-site router in your building. From there we provide you a single optimized and redundant handoff.

If, for example, one of your internet connections gets cut by a backhoe, your traffic is automatically routed over the other redundant path(s). When each of your internet connections are healthy we intelligently aggregate your traffic across all of the connections to provide you with the highest possible throughput. Our proprietary algorithms feed on detailed monitoring data from our custom Network Monitoring Systems, allowing routing changes to take place seamlessly within 3 seconds of changing circuit or traffic conditions.

It’s like load balancing for Internet. Which is pretty awesome. And it works with pretty much any ISP.

What’s more, I’m not the only one who thinks it’s awesome. BigLeaf has raised some capital to help with growth and expansion. And now they’re putting that money to work.

Because today, it’s available nationwide.

It’s always nice to see Portland companies solving big problems—and getting traction while doing it.

For more on the solution, visit Bigleaf Networks.

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