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The 12 Trailblazing days of Christmas: Virtualization finalists

Blog post   •   Jan 04, 2015 16:00 UTC

For our penultimate Trailblazing post, we shine a light on this year’s Virtualization shortlist. According to research by, the SDN, NFV and network virtualization market will account for nearly $10 Billion in 2015 alone, with estimated further growth at a CAGR of 37% over the next 5 years.

- DataGravity (@DataGravityInc), – Nashua, NH, USA
- PernixData (@PernixData) - – San Jose, CA, USA
- Pluribus Networks (@PluribusNet), – Palo Alto, CA, USA
- Thoughtonomy (@Thoughtonomy), – London, UK
- VMTurbo (@VMTurbo), – Boston, MA, USA

First on the list is DataGravity, who provide a data-aware storage solution that helps customers strategically unlock the value of their growing data resources. Also a finalist in the Storage Trailblazers, the Nashua startup most recently received $50 million in a series C investment round led by Silicon Valley venture capital firm Accel Partners, with previous investors Andreessen Horowitz, CRV and General Catalyst Partners also backing. The series C round brings total investments in DataGravity to $92 million.

Or perhaps Texas-based NIMBOXX will take get your vote, with their innovation which converges servers, storage, networking and security into a single system, providing an easy and affordable way to deploy a software-defined data center. In June 2014, NIMBOXX achieved $12 million in Series A funding from SMC Holdings, a Hong Kong-based institutional investor.

From San Jose, CA, is Pernix Data, who has also earned a place on the Storage shortlist, thanks to their FVP software which virtualizes server flash and RAM to create a low latency storage acceleration tier that maximizes VM performance and minimizes storage costs. Pernix reached VC series C funding in August 2014, with backers including Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Menlo Ventures and others.

Also in the running is Pluribus Networks, from Palo Alto, CA who have achieved VC series C funding supported by Menlo Ventures, New Enterprise Associates, Mohr Davidow Ventures and others. According to Pluribus, their innovation is the industry’s first and only bare-metal, distributed network hypervisor operating system, Netvisor, for the convergence of compute, network, storage and virtualization based on open compute and open networking technologies, enabling a new class of highly programmable network-aware applications and services.

From London, UK, Thoughtonomy offers automation software delivering a “virtual workforce” for service operations. By “virtualising” the activities of humans, the startup provides a new way to automate manual activities in service operations, with all of the benefits of automation without the compromises. Thoughtomony is supported by Angel & other private funding.

The last of our brilliant Virtualization finalists fighting for the winner’s title is VMTurbo – based in Boston, their control system for cloud and virtual environments enables datacenter teams to optimally manage applications running on shared infrastructure like servers and storage. Currently, VMTurbo’s investment totals $27.5 million in 3 rounds, with support from Bain Capital Ventures, Globespan Capital Partners and Highland Capital Partners.

Be part of the Tech Trailblazers voting! Pick your favourite IoT startup at before 23.59pm Pacific Time on 16th January 2015.

Stay tuned and check out our very last seasonal Trailblazing post tomorrow – featuring the first ever Firestarter startups!