Funding Daily: Face the music

In case you didn’t hear today, Steve Ballmer is no longer sitting on the board of Microsoft, the tech giant where he was chief executive for 14 years. Basketball calls, apparently. At least on the outside, the departure doesn’t seem to have anything to do with the direction of the company since his tenure ended.

StrataCloud raises $2M to keep on rocking with its data center management software

Virtualized data centers that run lots of virtual machines for handling applications on every single server can save you a lot of money. But managing these virtual machines along with regular, non-virtualized servers might not be easy. StrataCloud, a startup that helps manage VMware-based data centers, has just picked up $2 million in seed money to better market its software to enterprises.