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Pertino raises $20M so you can make a pop-up network anytime, anywhere

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Pertino, a cloud company that only just came out of stealth mode, has announced a healthy round of funding: a $20 million Series B led by Jafco Ventures with participation from existing investors Norwest Venture Partners and Lightspeed Venture Partners.

The startup actually does something interesting: It explains its cloud technology in very human terms.

All joking aside (and that was an excellent joke if you spend any time reading cloud company website copy), Pertino lets its customers set up cloud-based networks that it says are as powerful and secure as any other kind of enterprise network.

From the site:

Using Pertino, anybody can create a global network with no specialized network hardware or virtual private networks. Instead, they type in their name and password and a network name and invite others to join by sending them a web link. When they’re done with the network, they turn it off. Pertino works now on Windows 7, but support for Macintosh, other Windows clients, and mobile devices is coming soon.

Pertino marketing VP told The Register that Jafco’s participation was particularly crucial as that firm’s relationships in China and Japan would help the startup in its Asian expansion.