SimpliVity, a startup that wants to clean up your IT infrastructure, has pulled in $25 million for its second round led by venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caulfield Byers (KPCB).
This infusion of cash brings the Westborough Mass.-based startup’s total funding to date to $43 million — impressive given that it only came out of stealth mode a month ago. SimpliVity’s flagship product is OmniCube, which it announced to the public last month.
OmniCube is connected to the virtual machine (VM) rather than the storage hardware. Designed with medium-sized organizations in mind, a single VM administrator is given all the power to manage the stack. According to SimpliVity, OmniCube is capable of delivering “the functionality of more than 10 products” for the VM environment and is cheaper than any of the traditional alternatives.
The company’s founder is Doron Kempel, an Israeli entrepreneur and former VP at EMC. Since it was founded in 2009, a few competitors have made their mark in the hyper-convergence space. Nutanix and Scale Computing also promise to deliver a ‘data center in a box’ at a fraction of the cost.
Kempel told me that the funding will be used to grow the business internationally and to drive innovation in the product.
What’s interesting about SimpliVity for its investors is the novel approach to an age-old problem. The alternative for companies is IT legacy providers like IBM and HP, who push converged data center appliances like OmniCube but also must keep selling their standalone hardware.
“[With OmniCube] the result is an ultra-functional yet low cost data center in a box … that addresses the most pressing issues in the data center today: cost and complexity,” said Matt Murphy, partner at Kleiner Perkins, in a statement.
Existing investors Accel Partners and Charles River Ventures also participated in this financing round.
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