YugaByte Launches From Stealth with $8M In Series A Funding

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YugaByte, a cloud-native database for mission-critical applications, launched today from stealth with $8 million in Series A funding led by Ravi Mhatre of Lightspeed Venture Partners and other prominent angels including Jeff Rothschild, former VP of Infrastructure at Facebook. Bipul Sinha, CEO of Rubrik, is a strategic advisor to the company.

The founders, Kannan Muthukkaruppan, Karthik Ranganathan, and Mikhail Bautin, are ex-Facebook engineers who were instrumental in scaling and maturing Apache HBase for massive real-time workloads such as Facebook Messages & Facebook's Operational Data Store. At YugaByte, they have assembled a stellar team of distributed systems and database experts from Facebook, Oracle, Nutanix & Google and built a fundamentally new database for modern, mission-critical applications.

"The knowledge and experience of YugaByte's leadership team is just one of the many reasons we chose to invest," said Ravi Mhatre, Partner, Lightspeed Venture Partners. "Companies today are looking for ways to drive innovation and growth, and YugaByte, with this new cloud-native database for mission-critical data, does just that. We are excited to be on this journey with the team.''

WekaIO Eliminates the Need for Legacy External Storage with Cloud-Scale Storage Software

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WekaIO, a venture backed high-performance cloud storage software company, today emerged from stealth to introduce the industry's first cloud-native scalable file system that delivers unprecedented performance to applications, scaling to Exabytes of data in a single namespace. Headquartered in San Jose, CA, WekaIO has developed the first software platform that harnesses flash technology to create a high-performance parallel scale out file storage solution for both on-premises servers and public clouds.

WekaIO is the world's fastest distributed file system, processing four times the workload compared to IBM Spectrum Scale measured on Standard Performance Evaluation Corp. (SPEC) SFS 2014, an independent industry benchmark. Utilizing only 120 cloud compute instances with locally attached storage, WekaIO completed 1,000 simultaneous software builds compared to 240 on IBM's high-end FlashSystem 900. The WekaIO software utilized only 5% of the AWS compute instance resources, leaving 95% available to run customer applications.

ShieldX Reinvents Cloud Security to Tackle Escalating Cybersecurity Threats

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After 15 months of intensive product development, ShieldX Networks, Inc. (ShieldX) today emerged from stealth with a new cloud security product, APEIRO. The company has quickly accumulated a solid list of accomplishments including recognition by Gartner as a 2017 "Cool Vendor" in Cloud Security, enterprise deployments, integration with popular cloud environments, strong technology partnerships and 18 patents filed. With APEIRO, enterprises can rapidly add cloud security on demand, protect assets, maintain compliance and stick to budget.

Many organizations want to leverage cloud infrastructures for agility, flexibility and cost-savings benefits. But while the technologies required to support cloud deployments have advanced quickly, security technologies for the cloud have lagged-forcing organizations to make undesirable tradeoffs between cost, performance and risk.

"At ShieldX, we completely reimagined and invented a new model for comprehensive, network-based security using the latest innovations in application and infrastructure technology," said Dr. Ratinder Paul Singh Ahuja, CEO and Founder of ShieldX. "With APEIRO, cloud security is no longer a roadblock to business growth, cost management and innovation goals."

Aparna Systems Emerges from Stealth Mode to Announce the Industry's First Open Software "Cloud-in-a-Box" Solution

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Aparna Systems today announced the Orca µCloud and Orca µServer-the industry's first open software Cloud-in-a-Box solution to converge compute, storage and networking resources in a compact, energy-efficient system. In addition to offering industry-leading high density and scalability, with support for up to 10,000 cores per rack, the µCloud systems deliver the high performance and high availability needed in distributed, edge, aggregation and core environments. The system-level architecture provides an optimal configuration without the need for "rack and stack" engineering, while the use of merchant silicon and open software enables the Cloud-in-a-Box to be used in bare metal, containerized and virtualized applications. Aparna Systems will unveil and demonstrate the Orca µCloud and Orca µServer this week in Booth 41 at NFV World Congress May 3 - 5 at the San Jose Double Tree Hilton.

"Aparna's Cloud-in-a-Box has the potential to be a real game-changer in a variety of applications," according to Michael Howard, senior research director and advisor for Carrier Networks at IHS Markit. "This is particularly true at the edge of the network, including in central offices, where carriers have struggled to find a practical and affordable way to deploy adequate compute and storage resources. The system's high density and design innovations combine to also drastically improve scalability and energy efficiency compared to blade servers."

Cloud Computing: A New Name, A New Infrastructure Monitoring Platform

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With the announcement that it has just raised $28.5 million in venture capital funding, the cloud Relevant Products/Services-based monitoring company SignalFuse has emerged from stealth mode to announce the launch of a new monitoring platform to go along with the company's new name, SignalFx. The San Mateo-based startup offers a software Relevant Products/Services-as-a-service application monitoring platform for infrastructure systems. SignalFx said it raised its financing from Andreessen Horowitz and Charles River Ventures.

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"An analytics-based approach to monitoring is essential for modern applications," said Phillip Liu, founder and CTO of SignalFx. "With SignalFx and SignalFlow technology, our customers can focus their efforts on interpreting operational metrics, discovering key patterns, and communicating insights with one another rather than building and supporting an undifferentiated metrics infrastructure...

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Illumio Cloud Security Startup Has VMware Flavor

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Two key executives with VMware (VMW) ties are now working at Illumio, a cloud security startup founded in January, 2013, backed by $8 million in funding and currently in stealth mode. Alan Cohen, a former Cisco Systems (CSCO) exec who moved to software defined networking vendor Nicira in 2011 prior to its acquisition by VMware a year ago, apparently has landed at Illumio as chief commercial officer, according to an AllThingsD report. In addition, Ben Verghese, a former VMware chief management architect and vice president, now is toiling as Illumio’s engineering vice president.

As is common with stealth mode companies, you don’t get to know a whole lot until they emerge, which certainly is true with Illumio. According to a slim profile on the company at venture backer Andreessen Horowitz’s website, Illumio’s founders are Andrew Rubin, formerly security vendor Cymtec Systems’ chief executive; PJ Kirner, former Cymtec chief technology officer and distinguished engineer at Juniper (JNPR); and Alan Stokol, a former Juniper and Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) executive...

Qubell Emerges From Stealth, Launches Adaptive Enterprise PaaS to Enable Rapid Changes to Live Applications

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Qubell, an innovator in application deployment and configuration management, emerged from stealth mode today and launched the Qubell™ Adaptive PaaS (platform-as-a-service), the first platform designed to enable enterprises to implement changes to their complex online services rapidly and without risking the stability of their system. With the Qubell platform, enterprises can put new content and features into customers’ hands continuously, thereby gaining the business agility needed for success in today’s competitive markets. (See related press release: “Kohl’s Completes Initial Implementation of the Qubell Adaptive PaaS, Which Helps Speed Delivery of its Ecommerce Features and Services.”)

“Companies today live or die based on how well they innovate and deliver amazing digital services,” said Victoria Livschitz, president and CEO of Qubell. “For most enterprises, making even minor alterations to their complex online applications is painfully slow. How can they compete with, Google or Facebook – companies that innovate continuously and roll out dozens of small changes and improvements every day – without matching the vast automation investments already made by these ecommerce giants? Qubell levels the playing field. Building on top of cloud technology and agile development, we enable all online enterprises to transform how they think about innovation, get serious about reducing cycle times, and deliver new features and services almost as fast as they can conceive them.”