Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Azul Systems Raises $40 Million for Network Attached Processing

Azul Systems, a start-up based in Mountain View, California, raised $40 million in funding for its network-attached processing appliance and architecture, which delivers compute and memory resources as a shared network service to transaction-intensive applications across an enterprise.

Azul Systems developed a "network-attached processing compute solution" designed to provide grid-like power computing for Java and J2EE platform-based enterprise applications. The Azul appliance transparently redirects application workload to a "compute pool" of resources across a corporate network. The technology does not require any change to applications, or the existing infrastructure configuration. Compute pool appliances are simply connected to the network and Azul software is installed on the application hosts. Azul's technology works with J2EE platform products, including BEA WebLogic and IBM WebSphere application servers.

The new funding came from Accel Partners, Austin Ventures, ComVentures, Credit Suisse, JVax Investment Group, Meritech Capital Partners, Redpoint Ventures and Worldview Technology Partners. All existing investors in the company participated in the financing.

Azul Systems said it intends to utilize the capital to continue its execution on an aggressive product roadmap of network attached processing products and associated solutions for the Java community, and dramatically expand its field operations and global presence.

http://www.azulsystems.comAzul Systems is led by Stephen W. DeWitt, who previously was the Vice President and General Manager of Content Delivery and Edge Computing for Sun Microsystems, where he joined following the acquisition of Cobalt Networks. Prior to joining Cobalt, DeWitt served at Cisco Systems as Vice President and General Manager of the Enterprise Network Management Business Unit and Vice President of Enterprise Marketing.


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