SimpliVity scores $58M to staff up and build sales

SimpliVity, the company pushing a multi-purpose OmniCube data center appliance, now has $58 million in fresh Series C funding to bolster head count to push it harder.

SimpliVity CEO Doron Kempel.

SimpliVity CEO Doron Kempel.

This round, led by Kleiner Perkins Growth Fund and DFJ Growth with contributions by Meritech Capital Partners and Swisscom Ventures, brings total funding for the Westborough, Mass.-based company to just over $100 million. 

SimpliVity’s pitch is that businesses would be better off consolidating many workloads — deduplication, WAN optimization, back-up etc — onto one box — from SimpliVity of course. In that realm it competes with offerings from Nutanix, as well as a software-only solution from Maxta that emerged from stealth last week with $10 million in funding from Andreessen Horowitz.

This round follows $18 million in Series A funding by Accel Partners and Charles River Ventures in January 2012; followed 9 months later with a $25 million Series B round led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Accel and Charles River also participated in latest funding.

CEO Doron Kempel, an EMC veteran, said the cash infusion will enable the company to execute on plans to triple its staff and boost sales growth five fold in 2014.