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Platform9 Promises Management of Private Clouds

The company just received $4.5 million in funding.

A new private cloud company has surfaced, and it's full of ex-VMware employees.

It's called Platform9, and bills itself as a "cloud service that transforms your servers into an agile, self-service private cloud in minutes." Platform9 is based on OpenStack, the open source cloud platform, and it's managed through the cloud, although all a company's servers, data and related resources stay local. The company's homepage claims that servers and workloads can be imported into the private cloud in about 5 minutes.

Four co-founders are listed on the Web site, and they are all former VMware workers. The co-founder and CEO is Sirish Raghuram, a former VMware engineer who "helped ship multiple vSphere products," according to his company biography.

Platform9's very first blog entry, posted today, is from Roopak Parikh, co-founder and Head of Engineering. He wrote that Platform9 was founded nine months ago, with the gold of simplifying virtualization management. It pools server, storage and networking into a private cloud, which is typical.

One aspect of Platform9 that stands out is its ability to handle heterogeneous environments. The Web site says that any number of virtualization technologies can be managed from a single pane of glass, including KVM, vSphere and Docker.

TechCrunch reported that Platform9 just received $4.5 million in Series A funding. The entire amount came through one company: Redpoint Ventures. TechCrunch said that the company had been fully self-funded until now.

Currently, Platform9 is in beta. It has only KVM support right now, with technical previews available for Docker and vSphere.

No pricing information was listed on the Web site.

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Keith Ward is the editor in chief of Virtualization & Cloud Review. Follow him on Twitter @VirtReviewKeith.

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