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CloudPhysics raises $10M to crowdsource insights for virtualized IT

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CloudPhysics made a triple threat of announcements today. The big data company has raised $10 million in funding led by venture firm Kleiner Perkins and released two new analytics tools to optimize virtualized data centers.

CloudPhysics develops tools that analyze how virtualized data centers function. Its servers process 80 billion samples of configuration, performance, failure, and event data, as well as 20 trillion data points from its global user base to provide insight on how to most efficiently structure virtualized IT.

Database virtualization spreads out where data is stored over multiple systems, platforms, and locations, but allows users to access it centrally. It is a hot trend in the IT world because it can provide a more efficient, scaleable, and reliable alternative to traditional data centers. CloudPhysics’ technology helps organizations better monitor and manage their virtualized data centers.


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The company said in a statement issued today that virtualized environments are larger, denser, and more complex than ever before, with more integrations and “subtle interdependencies.” Management of these systems has also become more complex; and if organizations don’t stay vigilant and persistent to resolve problems, they’ll see negative consequences down the road.

Using CloudPhysics, its more than 500 customers can troubleshoot specific issues by searching for focused operational analytics, referred to as cards. This serves as an early warning issue for potential problems. CloudPhysics launch its Card Store today, which is an IT operations app store that includes applications for solving particular IT problems. Experts in the industry can contribute their solutions to the Card Store. In return, they get the power of the crowd working together to keep data centers running smoothly.

CloudPhysics also released its intelligent IT operations management service. This technology finds “hidden complexities” in infrastructure. It then combines crowdsourced information about global IT operations with data center simulation to identify how specific technologies and configurations will behave in reality and identity improvement opportunities in storage, compute, and networking.

Kleiner Perkin Caufield & Byers led this round, with participation from previous investors Mayfield Fund, Mark Leslie, Peter Wagner Carl Waldspurger, Nigel Stokes, Matt Ocko, and VMware’s  cofounders.

Mountain View-based CloudPhysics launched at VMWorld in August 2012 where it won the Best Innovation Award and announced closing $2.5 million in funding.

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