What they do: According to ScaleMP, the majority of virtualization projects focus on server virtualization for partitioning and consolidation. ScaleMPs vSMP technology focuses not on virtualizing within server environments, but rather aggregating multiple industry-standard x86 systems so that they appear to function as a single logical system.
Think grid computing meets virtualization.
Customers: ScaleMP has more than 150 customers including Coventry University, San Diego Supercomputer Center, Southern Methodist University, Massachusetts General Hospital and R Systems.
Funding: $26 million from Sequoia Capital, Lightspeed Venture Partners, TL Ventures and ABS Ventures.
Shai Fultheim, founder, President and CTO, was formerly CTO of BRM Capital, an Israeli VC fund, where he defined the funds technology roadmap.
Headquarters: Cupertino, CA
What they do: If you visit the SIMtone website, youll see that their messaging is all about the cloud. Of course, there is no solid line of demarcation between where virtualization ends and cloud computing begins. My point of view is generally to consider virtualization an enabling technology and cloud computing a delivery or even business model, though granted, thats an oversimplification.
In this case, SIMtones Universal Computing Platform enables carriers and service providers to build, configure, manage and deliver on-demand virtual hosted services.
What caught my attention is SIMtones take on desktop virtualization. Instead of serving up desktops, SIMtone delivers a universal application or service experience by consolidating applications and services in the cloud and making them accessible via a single sign-on, regardless of the edge device used. Of course, a virtual desktop could be part of this app/service mix, but it wouldnt be the entire experience.
As the importance of the desktop wanes, having virtual versions of other UIs, such as browsers, will be every bit as important.
Customers: Customers include Hong Kong-based CSL (a subsidiary of Telstra) and Thomson. SIMtone also claims that several other major telecom providers are trialing SIMtone services/products in Europe, Asia and North America.
Funding: Angel funding and an undisclosed amount of VC funding from Motorola Ventures and other sources.
Mario Dal Canto is SIMtones Chairman and CEO. Prior to SIMtone, he was President, CEO and founder of Cybertel and, before that, founder and CEO of Impres.
Headquarters: U.S.: Durham, NC. International: Vevey, Switzerland.
What they do: Syncsort provides data protection software targeted at the server virtualization market. Using a block-level incremental technique, Syncsorts BEX product provides low-impact backup for virtual machines, allowing for greater virtual machine density. On the restore side, BEX offers a cool feature called Instant Virtualization, which allows a backup image to be restored as a new virtual machine.
BEX can also function as a physical-to-virtual or virtual-to-virtual migration system.
Customers: MB-Holding, HVAC manufacturer Taco, Kerzner International, and others.
Funding: Not disclosed at press time.
CEO Flavio Santoni was previously with LSI, where he held a number of roles, including EVP and Co-GM of the Engenio Storage Group, as well as SVP of worldwide sales, marketing, and customer support for the LSI storage systems division.
Headquarters: Woodcliff Lake, NJ.
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