Friday, July 13, 2007

Virtualization WrapUp from Alarm:Clock

Virtualization Roundup: Moka5, RapidApp and VirtualLogix


On top of the impending IPO from virtualization leader VMWare, there has been a flurry of other deals in virtualization. Driving these deals are big expectations for the market. Virtualization services are expected to turn into a $11.7B market by 2011, more than double its current level, according to a study just released by IDC. The market is in transition from using virtualization software solely in high-end and mainframe computers to making it available for lower-cost systems running x86 and x64 servers.

Stanford University spin-out Moka5 has raised $15M in a Series B round led by investor Highland Capital Partners, with Khosla Ventures returning. The virtual computing company was founded in 2005 and is branding is product the moka5 LivePCs which allows you to run a virtual computer - an operating system and a set of applications. You can use LivePCs on your desktop, or you can take them with you on a portable USB drive. You can create and share your own LivePCs or use the public LivePCs created by others in our LivePC Library.

Sunnyvale-based VirtualLogix has raised $16M in a 2nd round of funding for its embedded virtualization software aimed at iPods, cell phones, and watches. Esprit Capital Partners led the round, with Intel Capital and previous investors Atlas Venture and Index Ventures. VirtualLogix has raised $28M to date.

Virtualization consulting firm RapidApp was bought by GlassHouse Technologies. There was no word on how much GlassHouse paid.


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