Infrastructure gets efficient: Announcing our 4th Group of Startups
Traditional data centers tend to be incredibly labor intensive, slow, and brittle. Luckily, data centers are slowly being given new life as they move to “the cloud.” IT managers need to innovate and are finally seeing that moving to the cloud can be cost effective, efficient and safe.
“Enterprises can store data in the cloud for 1/10th the cost of doing it on premise.” Josh Goldstein, Cirtas. ”The number of systems IT admins manage is growing exponentially, especially as virtualization and public cloud providers make it easy to create more machines. Systems management and automation is key to keeping your head above water,” says Nand Mulchandani from ScaleXtreme.
With a few key partnerships, enterprises can move their data into the cloud while cutting costs, improving performance, and reducing complexity. These four companies have big infrastructure plays and will help enterprises deal with storage sprawl, security, virtualization, automation, monitoring, reporting, scalability, and more:
Year Launched: 2010
City: San Jose, CA
Cirtas solves the challenges associated with storing data in the cloud, making cloud storage work like onsite enterprise storage arrays. Deployed in the data center, Cirtas Bluejet Cloud Storage Controllers simplify storage management and vastly reduce data storage total cost of ownership, while addressing the long-standing challenges associated with data backup and disaster recovery for mid-size to large enterprises. Cirtas supports a variety of cloud provider platforms, including Amazon S3, Iron Mountain, EMC Atmos and AT&T Synaptic Storage as a Service. Founded in 2008, the company is headquartered in San Jose, California and backed by Amazon, Bessemer Venture Partners, Lightspeed Venture Partners, NEA, and Shasta Venture Partners.
Date and Amount of Last Funding Round: January 2011, $22.5M
Year Founded: 2009 (Soon to Launch)
City: Santa Clara, CA
Nutanix is bringing Google’s GFS-like distributed computing infrastructure to the world of virtualized data centers. Designed from the ground up for server and desktop virtualization, the system delivers both computing and storage capabilities in a converged architecture. The appliance leverages server-attached SSDs and hard disks, enabling organizations to run virtual machines without requiring a complex and costly SAN or NAS infrastructure. At the same time, it matches or exceeds the data management and availability features provided by the leading SAN and NAS solutions in the market. It is a clustered appliance that hosts virtual machines, enabling organizations to grow easily from a few servers to thousands of servers, as their needs grow.
Last Funding Round: $13.2M (Series A)
Year Launched: 2010
City: Palo Alto, CA
ScaleXtreme is building the next generation of systems management products delivered as a cloud service. Built from the ground up to be simple, scalable, and social, ScaleXtreme’s product aims to transform the way IT admins manage their Amazon EC2, VMware virtual machine and physical server deployments. ScaleXtreme was founded by a team with deep expertise in enterprise software and systems management, including Bladelogic and VMware, and is backed by Accel Partners.
Date and Amount of Last Funding Round: August, 2010 – $2.5M
Year Launched: 2007
City: Santa Clara, CA
TransLattice is the distributed application and cloud computing company that provides information when and where it is needed. Running on the TransLattice platform, applications are inherently resilient due to an intelligent, distributed architecture. The platform intrinsically delivers elastic throughput and storage capacity, reducing the need to overprovision infrastructure and allowing organizations to quickly scale to meet changing business requirements. TransLattice anticipates application and data needs based on policy, usage and geography resulting in notably improved performance for users. This new approach to cloud and enterprise infrastructure results in significantly reduced costs and deployment complexity, while dramatically improving system reliability.
Date and Amount of Last Funding Round: August 2008, $9.5M
Abiquo began in 2006 with an open-source product and has developed the Enterprise Edition into the leading Cloud management and enablement software. Abiquo empowers enterprises of all sizes to dramatically improve business agility, mitigate risk, and reduce costs. With Abiquo, organizations can create and manage private, public and hybrid Clouds leveraging globally deployed computing infrastructure, comprising unlimited physical resources, through a “single pane of glass”. As a result, Abiquo customers are able to significantly decrease the cost and complexity of managing their virtual IT environments, while maintaining control of the physical infrastructure and increasing agility to change hypervisors as needed.
UNDER THE RADAR: CONSUMERIZATION OF THE ENTERPRISE
April 28, 2011 | 8:00am – 6:00pm
Microsoft Conference, Mountain View, CA 94043 (Map)
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