More venture cash goes to the cloud

Cloud-computing start-ups Wanova, 6Fusion each announce new funding

Two cloud-based start-up companies have announced separate venture-capital deals as cloud technology continues to attract investors.

Cloud desktop management software vendor Wanova said Tuesday it has secured a $10 million round of venture funding from Greylock Partners, Carmel Ventures and Opus Capital.

Based in San Jose, Calif., Wanova officially launched exactly two years ago with $13 million in funding from the investors named above.

Wanova's Mirage software platform is designed to provide enterprise IT with a virtual desktop infrastructure that features server clustering, optimized software delivery for branch offices, and tools for desktop support and compliance.

Mirage centralizes desktop images in the network, allowing virtual copies of the images to run locally on a laptop. This allows users to work while disconnected from the enterprise.

“Our accelerated growth is due to having a single, comprehensive product that solves many pain points in organizations of all sizes,” Sebastiano Tevarotto, CEO of Wanova, said in a statement announcing the new funding.

Tevarotto, a former HP vice president, joined Wanova in March as chairman and became chief executive in June, replacing co-founder Ilan Kessler.

On Monday, Raleigh, N.C.-based 6fusion announced $7 million in funding led by Grotech Ventures of Vienna, Va. Intersouth Partners, which led 6fusion's first venture funding in August 2010, also participated in the round.

6fusion is an infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) vendor that sells utility-metered public, private and hybrid cloud infrastructure management software and services.

Formerly headquartered in Wilmington, Del., 6fusion was founded in 2009 by chief executive John Cowan and CTO Delano Seymour before relocating to Raleigh in August 2010.

The company's software uses a metering algorithm (Workload Allocation Cube) designed to standardize measurement of storage and compute, allowing customers and partners to quantify supply and demand for resources.

6fusion recently hired former VMware executive Richard Martin as VP of worldwide sales and business development.

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