A new sort of virtualization is appearing in companies like ScaleMP, which turns the conventional notion of splitting one server into multiple virtual systems on its head.

ScaleMP instead aggregates together multiple low-end systems to create a more powerful one. The technique can help with systems requiring large amounts of memory, and ScaleMP says it can actually make several single-core machines more efficient than a single multi-core machine.

The Cupertino, Calif. company is aiming its software at customers in manufacturing, life sciences and financial services, among others.

The $8 million funding was provided by existing investors Sequoia Capital, Lightspeed Venture Partners, TL Ventures, and ABS Ventures. ScaleMP has taken $26 million to date.

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