Metacloud banks $15M to push its private OpenStack cloud vision

OpenStack player Metacloud has $15 million in new funding, which it will use to staff up its OpenStack private cloud development and marketing push. This brings the company’s total funding to $27 million.

Pasadena-based Metacloud offers the OpenStack-based Carbon|OS that runs on existing hardware to enable what it calls on-premise cloud-as-a-service for companies that want to offer self-service applications to their employees.

Metacloud CEO and Co-founder Sean Lynch

Metacloud CEO and co-founder Sean Lynch

Metacloud co-founder and CEO Sean Lynch, who was formerly VP of operations at Ticketmaster, told me earlier that the  three-year-old company’s full software stack is OpenStack distribution, plus three years’ worth of Metacloud’s own enhancements. Ceph storage brings high availability and rich visuals to the party, he said.

The Series B funding comes from new backers Pelion Venture Partners, Silicon Valley Bank, and UMC Capital, as well as prior investors AME Cloud Ventures, Canaan Partners, and Storm Ventures.

There’s been a flood of OpenStack related news coming in the run-up to next week’s OpenStack Summit. Earlier on Wednesday HP (s hpq) announced its own OpenStack distribution, and last week Red Hat(s rhat) said it bought Inktank, the company that markets a commercial version of Ceph storage, for $125 million.