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Amazon Backs Cloud Server Start-up Elastra
Amazon also has money in Ruby-on-Rails cloud play Engine Yard
By: Maureen O'Gara
Aug. 15, 2008 10:45 AM
Elastra, a 40-customer SMB-directed start-up that provides a legacy-embracing configuration management service for Amazon Web Services (AWS) - your basic in-a-click virtual deployment, monitoring and accounting beginning with RDBMSes like MySQL, Postgres and EnterpriseDB - has picked up a $12 million second round from - surprise, surprise - Amazon, Bay Partners and existing investor Hummer Winblad.
Maybe the investment will convince Elastra not to go cloud-agnostic/anti-cloud silo like it plans - unless it becomes a cloud standard.
It uses two homegrown markup languages (no scripting here) to get to the cloud. (The stuff of standards?)
Amazon also has money in Ruby-on-Rails cloud play Engine Yard, part of the $15 million the start-up raised last month.
Elastra, run by former Plumtree CEO Kirill Sheynkman (pictured), took in a $2.6 first round last year to create massively scalable database clusters on Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud and owes many of its clients to a partnership with EnterpriseDB.
The new money is earmarked for software development and enterprise marketing. It's building support for VMware (think private clouds) as well as for the LAMP stack.
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