Inflect Aims to Simplify Buying, Selling in $350 Billion Global Internet Infrastructure Industry

New, free service increases information transparency, helping companies build relationships and solutions in the global data economy

SAN FRANCISCO--()--San Francisco-based Inflect has unveiled a preview release of its new, web-based service designed to help companies build the global internet infrastructure they need to succeed in the data economy.

Inflect Inc. unveiled the preview release before a group of users at the North American Network Operators Group event in Redmond, Washington ahead of a general release scheduled for Q3. The service is an open, neutral, search and procurement tool that connects buyers and sellers of internet infrastructure services (IP Transit, colocation, Infrastructure-as-a-Service and managed hosting/infrastructure) with accurate, validated information to make informed choices.

The service is free. Inflect generates revenue based on fees from completed transactions.

Current, Validated Information
Inflect’s proprietary data ingestion and validation engine incorporates input from multiple primary sources including infrastructure service providers, standard industry databases and direct feedback from users. A comprehensive validation process continually updates data, ensuring that users see the most current, reliable information on the colocation, internet exchange and network services they need.

Focus on What You’re Great at: Building Great Products
Inflect serves companies providing applications and services via the internet. Often, these companies are led by technical founders who drive product development and engineering. They start out using public cloud services like Amazon Web Services, and after successfully finding product/market fit, growth accelerates. This drives an urgent need to augment existing public cloud infrastructure with their own resources built from services they buy directly from data center and network providers located in geographies where demand is surging.

These companies often lack experience in buying internet infrastructure, as their expertise is in product development, software engineering and marketing. Via an aggregated, validated, machine-learning database, Inflect gives these companies a resource to find the right suppliers to provide storage, compute and networking services. Inflect aims to make finding and buying these resources as straightforward as buying the public cloud services they’re already using.

The Inflect Platform
Free and easy to use, the Inflect platform is built to deliver the most accurate and reliable data on colocation, internet exchange and network services available worldwide. Inflect takes the pain and inaccuracy out of finding the internet infrastructure services that buyers currently look for manually or via consultants. With Inflect, buyers can find in minutes information that currently can take weeks to find and validate. Inflect puts customers in control of the process, and they decide when to involve service provider sales teams. Inflect is the only resource that provides companies with the complex colocation and network details they need to map out all the dependencies for a complete data center infrastructure solution.

Help for Both Fast-Growth and Established Companies
Fast-growth companies and established companies have one thing in common: they both often have existing internet infrastructure resources in place, including public clouds and network services. Inflect helps both of these kinds of users find the best ways to leverage and extend their relationships by uploading a list of current infrastructure resources to create a base map upon which they can layer searches for new resources. By building new capabilities atop existing resources they can compare new solutions against what they already have in place, evaluating the choices that best align with their needs.

“The infrastructure procurement process is incredibly complex, and the secret sauce Inflect provides is in the aggregation and validation of data from many sources,” explained Mike Nguyen, CEO of Inflect. “Inflect lets users do things that simply aren’t possible right now. These include identifying which services are available in which suites of a data center and creating views of available services overlaying users’ existing networks. This allows users to do complex infrastructure searches. All this makes us the first to market with a tool that puts power in the hands of the customers, where it should be.”

“Success brings many challenges to successful startups,” said Chris Fanini, co-founder and CTO of Weebly. “One of those challenges is the need to add our own infrastructure resources to our existing public cloud resources. Buying our own infrastructure is incredibly difficult when compared to the ease of buying public cloud capacity. Inflect solves this problem by giving us a research and vendor selection experience that’s similar to buying public cloud. It’s essentially a business solution to an engineering problem.”

Led by Industry Veterans
The principals of Inflect include Mike Nguyen, the founder and former CEO of Silent Partner, a consultancy that helped fast-growing clients like Facebook, Twitter and Twilio find the data center infrastructure and networking services they needed. Nguyen is the CEO of Inflect. (Silent Partner has been shuttered to focus resources on Inflect.)

Charles Stewart is the COO of Inflect and brings more than 20 years of experience spanning technical operations leadership, product development, and sales and marketing. He has held executive leadership roles in the SaaS, data center and telecommunications industries, with successful exits including Flycast and Adify. Stewart previously served as COO of Silent Partner.

Eric Silverman serves as vice president of engineering and came to Inflect from Apple, where over seven years he held various development roles and management roles overseeing iOS and macOS releases.

Alex Seber is director of marketing and business development at Inflect. Alex led sales at Silent Partner and previously was at Google in the Adwords division.

About Inflect
Inflect provides a free service that increases information transparency and decreases market friction for companies buying internet infrastructure, helping them build relationships and solutions in the global data economy. https://inflect.com

Contacts

Cathey Communications for Inflect
Robert Cathey, 865-386-6118
robert@cathey.co
@robertcathey

Release Summary

San Francisco-based Inflect has unveiled a preview release of its new, web-based service designed to help companies build the global internet infrastructure they need to succeed in the data economy.

Contacts

Cathey Communications for Inflect
Robert Cathey, 865-386-6118
robert@cathey.co
@robertcathey