Bright Computing, a startup which helps companies manage their Linux clusters, has raised US$14.5 million in Series B funding. The round was lead by Silicon Valley VC’s Draper Fisher Jurvetson.
Founded in 2009, as a spin-off of cluster infrastructure supplier Clustervision, Bright now has more than 400 customers worldwide. Bright’s solutions help their clients manage their big data and databases. It enables a modern corporate computing environment, with clusters of servers that can grow to include hundreds or even thousands of nodes. These allow clustered storage technologies, which help companies store enormous quantities of often unstructured data on cheap commodity servers, rather than the more-expensive storage area networks and dedicated storage hardware.
Bright’s new US$14.5 million has been raised from a consortium of VC’s, including Silicon Valley’s Draper Fisher Jurvetson (early investors in Twitter, Tumblr, Skype and Hotmail) and DFJ Esprit, as well as Dutch Prime Ventures and existing shareholder ING Corporate Investments. ING had provided the company with an earlier US$3 million, bringing the total capital raised to $17.5 million now.
Founder Matthijs van Leeuwen comments on the future of Bright given the funding: “Looking ahead, we will continue to invest in building our team, expanding our product line, and extending our ability to serve our customers. We are committed to developing the cluster management framework that allows our customers to maximize their returns on cloud and cluster infrastructure.”
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