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Virtual Iron secures another $20 million financing

Virtual Iron Software, one of the main competitors to VMware in the enterprise server virtualization field, has secured $20 million in new venture equity financing.

Virtual Iron Software, one of the main competitors to VMware in the enterprise server virtualization field, has secured $20 million in new venture equity financing. The funding "will be used to accelerate product development and expand global sales, marketing and distribution efforts."

According to its press release:

Virtual Iron is the only competitor to VMware in the market that has the features to support the high value use cases for virtualization such as dynamic workload management, fault tolerance, and disaster recovery," said David R. Skok, General Partner at Matrix Partners. "Virtual Iron's product is differentiated from VMware in several important ways including its ease of use, scalability and use of a standard storage architecture.

The press release jumped at me, because I have a friend in the IT industry who told me just last week that her company is seriously evaluating Virtual Iron in lieu of VMware, which is "too expensive." Now, I am not at liberty to name the organization, but it is not a small one, with capital reserves of over 14 billion Singapore dollars as of financial year 2007.

Are you using VMware or Virtual Iron in your organization?

Free evaluation copies are available for download at http://www.virtualiron.com/free.

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Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.

4 comments
paulmah
paulmah

Are you using VMware or Virtual Iron in your organization?

eric
eric

So in looking at the VM landscape, what of the thing that's important is long term stability. We all know that MS, VMware and Citrix are $1billion companies. Does anyone know how big Virtual Iron is. Are they even in the $100 of million in sales? Thanks

dunham_john
dunham_john

Sometimes it is nice to see healthy competition to force innovation, but the reality is that VMware is the industry standard in the x86 space for many reasons. VMware is in their 3rd generation of core technology, meaning they have a stable product, released code in the Fortune 1000 install base to show their products work, and they have extensive data center ready management capabilities which are not vaporware. VMware's ISV and partner program is unmatched in the industry, making VMware technologies solutions such as Cirba and Vizioncore two of the ten technologies CIOs are interested in (See CIO Magazines recent comments from December 2007, I believe). Like all good technologies, the me-too's will catch up and this market will commoditize. The questions are how much will it cost in R&D for Virtual Iron to get to an even playing field while VMware re-invents? And Will VMware be the next EMC or will they evolve? John Dunham

jennhall
jennhall

We are a small company that made the choice of Virtual Iron over VMWare for mostly the same reasons in the original post. Before making the ultimate decision, we did test the two products side by side. Not only does Virtual Iron have almost all the capabalities that VMWare ESX server does, but it cost roughly 1/5 less than VMWare! Yipee! That means more hardware! When I have to count every single penny and justify the cost, Virtual Iron just seemed to make more sense. It is a robust and easy to use product that has allowed us options generally left to much larger corporations, and much bigger budgets.

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