10 Emerging Virtualization Companies Shaking up Datacenters in 2010: Page 3

Posted February 10, 2010

Jeff Vance

Jeff Vance

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7. Venyu

What they do: Venyu provides data protection, recovery, and availability services tailored to support enterprise-level SLAs. According to recent research from analyst firm Enterprise Strategy Group, 30 percent of midmarket organizations identify improving backup and recovery as a top IT priority over the next 12-18 months. As storage capacity grows at a rate of more than 20 percent annually and the business impact of downtime intensifies, IT managers are looking for ways to reduce the risks and costs associated with protecting vital company information while also minimizing the amount of time needed to maintain backup solutions.

Venyu addresses these concerns with a backup and recovery portfolio that includes online data backup, physical and virtualized recovery solutions, managed hosting, SaaS, and co-location services.

Customers: Venyu customers include many small- and medium-sized companies, hospitals, medical societies (Louisiana State MS, Massachusetts MS), school districts and NFL Teams (Packers, Colts, Jets).

Funding: Venyu is the result of the April 2009 merger between data-protection company AmeriVault and the Network Technology Group (NTG), a hosting services company. Venyu is now a wholly-owned independent subsidiary of Dallas-based PHNS, a provider of IT services for the healthcare sector.

CEO Scott Thompson was previously CEO of NTG.

Headquarters: Baton Rouge, LA.

8. Virsto Software

What they do: Founded in 2007, Virsto Software is the new kid on the block as far as this roundup is concerned. While most of these “emerging companies” are already out of the starting blocks and delivering product, Virsto is still in beta and waiting for the gun to sound. (G.A. is slated for next week.)

According to Virsto, most data storage technologies deployed with virtual servers were not designed specifically for server virtualization. Instead, the storage was designed based on assumptions that are true for physical servers but are false for a virtual data center. Virsto aims to tackle the challenges server virtualization brings to storage.

Virsto’s hypervisor-based VSX solution enables users to virtualize any workload, maximize consolidation of virtual machines, reduce storage management complexity and reduce storage costs.

Customers: Virsto has a number of beta customers, including Crutchfield, MaximumASP and a handful of hosting providers, universities and enterprises. General availability is scheduled for February 16.

Funding: $8.25M from August Capital and Canaan Partners.

Mark Davis, co-founder and CEO, was most recently CEO of storage resource management vendor Creekpath Systems, where he engineered a successful acquisition by Opsware (now HP).

Headquarters: Sunnyvale, CA.

9. Xangati

What they do: Xangati “applies concepts from the Web 2.0 world like streaming, collaboration and user-generated content to help customers plan, monitor and manage their virtualized infrastructures.” Xangati’s “live, to-the-second views” into the communication activity of any networked device on an organization’s IT infrastructure help IT spot problems in real time, letting them “zoom in” on the specifics to identify abnormal patterns and speed up remediation.

Customers: Xangati claims over 80 customers, including MemorialCare Health System, Nike, a top-five U.S. law firm, and several federal government agencies.

Funding: $18 million from Alloy Ventures and Walden International.

Alan Robin, CEO, was previously President and CEO of WAN-optimization company netVmg, which was acquired by Internap.

Headquarters: Cupertino, CA

10. Zenoss

What they do: Zenoss provides monitoring software for physical, virtualized, and cloud-based IT infrastructure. Zenoss monitors “up and down the infrastructure stack from servers to network devices and applications across physical and virtual realms – all with one product and a single interface.”

Zenoss has two primary offerings. Their flagship, Zenoss Core, is a free, open-source IT operations monitoring product. Zenoss Enterprise is a subscription-based product that extends the Zenoss Core with “features required by highly-virtualized enterprises,” such as enterprise device monitoring, app monitoring, “deep” Windows and VMware monitoring, role-based security and more.

Customers: Customers for Zenoss Enterprise include Rackspace Hosting, VMware, Hosting.com, Agilent Technologies, Real Networks, Carlson, Verizon, U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, LinkedIn, Motorola, iStock International and Deutsche Bank.

Funding: $20 million from Grotech Ventures, Intersouth Partners, Boulder Ventures, Amplifier and Silicon Valley Bank.

Bill Karpovich, CEO and co-founder, previously held leadership positions with several IT startups including USinternetworking and Digex.

Headquarters: Annapolis, MD

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