Open Cloud Battle Hots Up: Eucalyptus Snags $30M
Eucalyptus Systems announces its Series C funding round
By: Liz McMillan
Apr. 18, 2012 09:00 AM
"Over the last year, Eucalyptus has solidified its lead as the most widely deployed private cloud software platform and the leader in hybrid architectures," said Mårten Mickos, CEO of Eucalyptus Systems, as Eucalyptus today announced an oversubscribed $30 million Series C round of funding led by Institutional Venture Partners (IVP).
"We are rapidly expanding operations to meet the needs of advanced cloud deployments by customers and partners worldwide. This funding will help us move even faster in a rapidly growing cloud market," Mickos added.
Existing investors, including Benchmark Capital, BV Capital, and New Enterprise Associates (NEA), Inc., also joined the round, which will be used to drive product innovation, sales, and customer support. To date, Eucalyptus has raised a total of $55.5 million in capital.
With this round, Eucalyptus has appointed Steve Harrick, General Partner at IVP, to its Board of Directors. IVP is one of the top performing venture capital firms in the industry, having made similar late-stage investments in companies like Aster Data Systems, DropBox, LegalZoom, MySQL, Netflix, Seagate, Twitter, and Zynga.
“Eucalyptus has created the most powerful on-premise IaaS solution in the cloud industry, and in return it has experienced significant customer and partner growth,” said Steve Harrick, General Partner at IVP. “The company’s continued success is a reflection of its hardworking and focused team which knows how to build, grow, and scale a successful business. Eucalyptus’ leadership and track record of success make them a welcome partner and we look forward to working with their team to build a revolutionary business.”
Eucalyptus has experienced significant momentum over the last year, including its recent agreements with Amazon Web Services, Wipro Infotech, and CETC32 for its Hua-Cloud offering in China. Additionally, the company’s partner ecosystem has more than doubled to include over 200 of the top cloud and infrastructure automation vendors. Eucalyptus has also continued its leadership in product innovation, recently announcing the third generation of its on-premise IaaS software, Eucalyptus 3. The platform delivers an enterprise-grade, open source IaaS platform for businesses that require feature-rich and highly available private and hybrid clouds. Eucalyptus is now enabling 25,000 cloud starts each year at leading organizations including Aerospace Corporation, InterContinental Hotels Group, Plinga, PUMA, USDA, and USASpending.gov.
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