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May 12 2014   8:06AM GMT

Startup Maxta gets $25 million in funding, partners with Intel

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Maxta, a software-based hyper-convergence startup, last week picked up $25 million in series B funding and a significant strategic investor.

Intel Capital participated in the round, which brings Maxta’s total funding to $35 million. Maxta’s distributed software runs on virtual servers to pools flash and disk storage capacity on the server level, allowing customers to build a SAN with commodity hardware.

Maxta founder and CEO Yoram Novick said the startup is involved in a long-term strategic partnership with Intel to develop a software-based, virtual storage technology that works with Intel chips, motherboards and servers.

“We believe the main challenge for the virtual data center is storage,” Novick said. ““The compute side has improved a lot while traditional storage has not changed much. Intel is working on features to provide better storage in a converged infrastructure. We saw the same thing coming, so we decided to work together. We will work with them to develop a better platform. We will add more features to leverage their architecture.”

Novick said the Maxta storage platform architecture (MxSP) is hypervisor agnostic, although it primarily works in VMware environments. Maxta also announced it is supporting Microsoft Hyper-V and KVM installations if a customer requests it.

“If a customer wants it, they will need to talk to us,” Novick said. “We do it with customers working with other hypervisors. We have limited availability for other solutions.”

The MxSP software does checksums to ensure data integrity, along with local replication to eliminate a single point of failure. It accelerates writes with write-back caching on solid state drives (SSDs) and a log-based data layout. It accelerates reads by caching metadata and hot data on SSDs. It also has the ability to co-locate virtual machines and the associated data.

Novik said use cases include primary storage, disaster recovery, virtual desktop infrastructures (VDI), cloud, and test and development. He said the new funding will be used to expand its sales and marketing. The Sunnyvale, California-based company has 40 employees, mostly engineers.

The B-round funding also was led by Tenaya Capital and existing investor Andreessen Horowitz also participated.

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