Data Center Analytics Startup CloudPhysics Raises $2.5 Million

CloudPhysics has raised $2.5 million from the Mayfield Fund and VMware Co-Founders Diane Greene and Mendel Rosenblum among other angel investors. The company will use the investment to build out an analytics platform for monitoring performance of a new emerging class of data center technology.

This is an interesting play. CloudPhysics’ two co-founders are former high-ranking VMware executives John Blumenthal and Irfan Ahmad. Both have been working as entrepreneurs in residence at the Mayfield Fund, developing CloudPhysics. Their pedigree is confirmed by the prestigious backers who have come forward as investors. This is in particular reference to Greene and Rosenblum, who are married and have had quite a run since starting VMware. Nicira, the network virtualization company, is Greene’s most recent investment to show great returns. The company sold last month to VMware for $1.26 billion.

Data performance of infrastructure environments is an emerging trend. Companies like SevOne are using P2P networking and big data clusters to help companies do real-time management of their infrastructures.

A vast array of storage systems is now available to the enterprise IT department. Their arrival stems from the increasing demands to manage data at unprecedented volumes across complex virtualized infrastructures. The need for virtual storage is fast emerging as old, hard disk storage systems pale in comparison to the new flash variety from providers such as Nutanix and Fusion-io.

CloudPhysics will offer a way for enterprise customers to determine the performance of these new flash storage systems. The technology will run on VMware vSphere clusters.  The data is then sent to CloudPhysics for analysis.


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